Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop

Today's the day, Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop makes its debut.  There are so many people who have made this project come to fruition:
  • Bill Varner, my editor, and the staff at Stenhouse Publishers, who have nudged me for quite some time to get this book written
  • My friends and colleagues, Randi Allison and Troy Rushmore, who inspire me every day to be a better teacher
  • My students, past and present, who make conferring such a thought-provoking and wise part of our reader's workshop
  • My colleagues at the PEBC (Public Education and Business Coalition) for our 20+ years of learning together
  • My mentors, especially Judy Gilkey, Debbie Miller, Ellin Keene, and Cris Tovani, who always make me think
  • My fellow "Friday Freaks" (Cheryl Zimmerman, Lori Conrad, Missy Matthews, Troy Rushmore, Randi Allison, Ilana Spiegel, Kristin Venable, Karen Berg, Susan Logan) who make the first Friday of every month a night of learning, sharing, and blessings
  • My dad, Glenn, and mom, Freda, who are looking down right now and smiling.  Boy, I miss them
  • My family - Susan, Graham, Anneke, Jensen, and Lauryn - for their patience, understanding, and constant encouragement as I wrote this book.

You can read Conferring online at stenhouse.com for limited time.  I'm very proud of this project and I hope you'll enjoy taking a gander at it.  And, I hope you'll continue to hone your own conferring, look at your students today, and ask, "So... what do you think?"  I know I will be.   


  1. Congratulations, Patrick! Thank you for opening your classroom door and inviting us all in. I can't wait to read it!

  2. Congrats! I imagine this project was quite the labor of love! I had a chance to check it out outline and can't wait to dig into it later tonight! Wondering if you are doing a blog tour? I would love to host you at The Write Brained Teacher. If interested, you can email me at karren_colbert at comcast dot net.

  3. Congrats Patrick! I can't wait to read it. Because you have allowed me in your classroom so many times to pick your brain about it, I am more confident today than I ever have been about conferring.

  4. Congratulations Patrick! This is very exciting! I preordered my book back in September and am waiting patiently for its arrival. It was wonderful meeting you at PPIRA. Perhaps we will run into eachother at CCIRA...I would love you to sign my copy of your book. Take Care!

  5. Good ol' Bill V. and his "nudging!" Bless him!

  6. Thank you all for your comments and Congratulations! I am proud of this one!

    Take care,


  7. I bought your book and think it is absolutely wonderful. I will be using it this coming September to guide my workshop. Thanks so much!