SOS: Quick Conference

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Quick Conference
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After a Quick Write, students play musical conference chairs moving from student to student for multiple short conferences. Midway, conferencers and conferencees swap jobs. Each conference focuses on one thing: spelling, grammar, punctuation, diction, structure/?ow, purpose, audience, or content (several areas of focus may be needed) and lasts about 5 -10 minutes each. Because writing instruction is just like teaching any other skill, it is messy, it needs practice, false starts, mistakes, collaboration, adjustment, coaching, and more practice until writing is skillful. The Quick Conference process revisits the writing process with feedback and without assessment and judgement. (Sharpe, 2010)


  • Use this existing Writing Prompt for a 10-15 minute Quick Write.
  • Determine who is a conferencer and who is a conferencee to skillfully assign student jobs for reviewing spelling, grammar, punctuation, diction, structure/?ow, purpose, audience and content of Quick Write. There is an opportunity for differentiation, assigning students to review a skill that is weak to strengthen, or to a skill that is strong to tutor.
  • Conferencers stay still and offer feedback on assigned skill
  • Conferencees rotate to different conferencers for 5-10 minutes at a time.
  • Conferencers and conferencees switch roles and repeat.
  • Students have the opportunity to edit their Quick Write following the Quick Conference process.


  • Create, edit or use an existing Writing Prompt. (Guides for Discovery Education’s Writing Prompt)
  • Assign the Writing Prompt for 1:1 access, or project it for whole group instruction.
  • You are not just limited to an image as the media resource. Consider using a video, interactive or audio ?le.
  • Based on remediation needs and differentiation of skills, mindfully assign students to jobs for peer reviewing.
  • Rotate through conference stations every 5-10 minutes, switching roles as needed.
  • Edit Quick Write with feedback following Quick Conferences

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

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  1. Deb Thonus said:

    I LOVE this idea! I usually hold an “Authors’ Circle” where the students read their writing pieces and receive feedback from peers and me. This strategy will be a super “change up” and will force more engagement from peers. It seems that “Quick Conference” will also speed up the feedback process with more authors receiving it simultaneously. Can’t wait to try this!

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