What are you noticing?

This post is part of our ongoing series called Power Language for Conferring.  To learn more about the series and find a quick link to previous posts, please visit our Power Language page on this site.

Today’s power language for conferring: What are you noticing?

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When do we use language like this?  

This is a question we often find ourselves using in the early stages of a conference while we’re using the WONDER move to help ourselves understand what’s going on between this reader and this book.

Sometimes we use the question in its simplest form, What are you noticing? to provide a wide open invitation for students to let us in on their thinking. After all, thinking tends to remain invisible if students do not volunteer or if we do not ask. When we ask this question, students often take us in wonderfully unexpected directions. Continue reading “What are you noticing?”

May I join you?

At its simplest, a conference is a conversation between two people: a conversation aimed at understanding, affirming, and extending what students are doing in their learning lives. But what makes some of these conversations almost magical while others fall flat? We believe the magic is in the language we use. Strategic language choices allow us to initiate, expand and elevate conversations with our learners in purposeful ways. So, in each post of this new series – Power Language for Conferring – we offer ideas of language we wouldn’t want to be without as we work to know and nurture the readers beside us.

Since this is the opening post in the series we begin with our favorite opening question for conferring . . .

Today’s power language for conferring:  May I join you?  Continue reading “May I join you?”