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Consultant for the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network

That teacher must have been

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That teacher must have been brilliant and cutting edge! I am sure he would appreciate your thanks, and he should probably thank you as well. Nicely Done, Mrs. Flinch.

Writing program administrator in eastern North Carolina

Thanks, Bob. I remember my

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Thanks, Bob. I remember my first experiences with one-on-one writing conferences with my 10th grade English teacher. This was not only a truly effective educational experience for me as a writer, but it also showed me at a young age how effective sitting and talking about ideas with another writer really is. I had no idea then how much those experiences as a sophomore in high school would effective me in the long run, but I am grateful that teacher took the time to conduct writing conferences. I guess I should tell him thank you some time...

Consultant for the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network

Kerri, I like the concept of

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Kerri, I like the concept of "mutuality" idea VERY much, and I think anyone who teaches writing should take stock in your observations. Meeting with students on an even playing field encourages honesty, establishes an equal, trusting relationship driven by the idea and modeling that we are all life long learners, and it creates an atmosphere conducive to experimenting and taking risks--all essentials if we call ourselves writers as well as writing teachers or coaches. When it comes to instruction-driven feedback such as this: " "We don’t just talk about commas and periods," she said. "We talk about ideas. I think [the ideas] make my papers better, but I feel like I gain something too." one can't help but be inspired by perspective. Thanks for sharing!

Writing program administrator in eastern North Carolina

"I know that sometimes during

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"I know that sometimes during conferences it can be hard to take the time to really talk": Yes, Luria! You are so right. It is easier to talk than it is to listen, but listening can reap such great rewards!

Thiago, what a great assignment! I really do look forward to reading about what kind of wonderful assignments students design. I am sure they will blow our minds.

3rd Grade Teacher and Founder of Luria Learning

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Thank you for the article. I really liked your idea about having a fishbowl to model conferences that are "good" and "not helpful." I know that sometimes during conferences it can be hard to take the time to really talk. When I do, it becomes a wonderful time to connect with my students and their thoughts as writers.

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Sacha
www.luria-learning.blogspot.com

This is a really interesting,

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This is a really interesting, thought-provoking [which I think is the best compliment you can give a piece of writing] article. I especially like how you began with the anecdote of wanting to just take the pen away from the student and just write it yourself. It's a great illustration of a feeling that plagues every teacher at some point and it's part of what's wrong with the classroom environment, in my opinion. But the first step is opening that subject for discussion.

Your ideas, I feel, are exactly in the right track of Education. The more a teacher gives up power, the more actual, legitimate learning occurs. If students' internal, natural interest is present, of course. If I may offer a suggestion though, one addition to your activities, I think it would be great to open up an activity that can be developed by one student or composed collectively by all students instead of being developed by their teacher.

Great article!

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