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Sunday, March 22, 2015

New Book - Let's Talk Managing One-on-One, Peer, and Small-Group Conferences

"Explore four useful structures that incorporate peer review, small groups, and the whole class-in addition to the classic one-on-one student-teacher conference. You'll get dozens of tips and examples that will help you become a better writing teacher." summarizes Education Week

Let's Talk is packed with real classroom examples and stories to help educators make conferences more manageable and meaningful. Organized by types of conferences, Let's Talk distinguishes between teacher-student talk--which covers one-on-one, small-group, and whole-class conferences--and student-student talk—which includes one-on-one and group peer conferences. In addition to addressing the challenges and needs of teachers, coaches, principals, and staff developers in the elementary and middle level grades, Mark Overmeyer also focuses on how to work with English language learners.

Table of Contents
Introduction: Why Talk?
Part 1: Teacher-Student Talk
Chapter 1: Qualities of Effective Feedback
Chapter 2: One Teacher, One Student: The "Classic" Conference
Chapter 3: One Teacher, Several Students: The Guided Writing Conference
Chapter 4: One Teacher, Many Students: Author's Chair and the Public Conference
Part 2: Student-Student Talk
Chapter 5: Two Students: The Peer Conference
Chapter 6: Several Students: The Peer Review Conference

Preview the entire book online!

About Mark Overmeyer
Mark is a native of Colorado, and received his education at the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado College, and University of Colorado at Denver. He has over 30 years of teaching experience, most of it in Cherry Creek Schools in Denver, Colorado. He has worked as a classroom teacher in grades 2 through 8, a special education and Title I teacher, a coordinator for gifted programming, and as a literacy coordinator. Currently, Mark works full time supporting reading and writing workshops in schools around the US and internationally.

"I became a teacher because school has always felt like home. I never considered another profession. I began working in schools as a senior in high school. . . .I consider myself a lifelong learner, and so teaching is the perfect profession. Teaching is a process: an art that can never be perfected because each day brings new challenges. I work to become a more effective teacher every day, but I always know there is more to learn." 


Source: Stenhouse Publishers and Education Week