In a previous post, I provided tips for putting together a Literacy Toolkit for reading and writing conferences. Now I'd like to give you some strategies for using the toolkit in your classroom. At first, I thought that demonstrating the toolkit myself on video would be a piece of cake. To be honest, it wasn’t. As teachers, we are on stage all the time in the classroom. It's hard to imagine that something as simple as being recorded could throw you off your game. Well, it threw me! But I had to shake the nerves and get on with the task. If I do say so myself, I won’t be nominated for an Oscar, but the video does get the message across.
Just a side note — putting together the toolkit takes time and preparation. You need to decide which materials to use to help guide the process. Besides what I shared in Creating a Reader's/Writer's Toolkit, I wanted to include these resources that you may find useful as well:
Banish Boring Words (another favorite of mine, especially when trying to ramp up word choices with my students)
Be thoughtful in selecting the materials. There is something that is so comforting about having everything you need at your fingertips and not having to stress. Being confident and prepared ensures a productive student conference. I hope these videos give you some ideas and inspiration to create your own personalized toolkit to use in your classrooms. I look forward to hearing how this process works for you.
Pearls of Wisdom – Another method for tip sheets is to write the prompts that you need on index cards, instead of sheets of paper. For the tech-savvy, you can create this on your laptop or iPad. This can make the process easier to access.