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Writing Conferences Powerful Tools for Writing Instruction CSE Technical Report 494 Monette Coleman McIver and Shelby A Wolf University of Colorado at Boulder November 1998 National Center for Research on Evaluation Standards and Student Testing CRESST Center for the Study of Evaluation CSE Graduate School of Education Information Studies University of California Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 90095 1522 310 206 1532 Project 1 5 The Effects of Standards Based Assessments on Schools and Classrooms Brian Stecher Project Director CRESST RAND Copyright 1998 The Regents of the University of California The work reported herein was supported under the Educational Research and Development Centers Program PR Award Number R305B60002 as administered by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement U S Department of Education The findings and opinions expressed in this report do not reflect the positions or policies of the National Institute on Student Achievement Curriculum and Assessment the Office of Educational Research and Improvement or the U S Department of Education WRITING CONFERENCES POWERFUL TOOLS FOR WRITING INSTRUCTION1 Monette Coleman McIver and Shelby A Wolf University of Colorado at Boulder Center for Research on Evaluation Standards and Student Testing CRESST Abstract This report highlights one of six language arts case study teachers whose classroom we have visited for a two day period to observe writing instruction to ask questions about the KIRIS assessments and to talk with her students about their writing In this piece we talk about questions and how this teacher s expert use of query gives her students the encouragement they need to make their writing flow as well as the capacity and skills to unplug the writing of their peers This cycle informs her instruction and constitutes a major portion of her curriculum Her commitment to questioning embodies not only her pedagogical content knowledge but her special stance as a curious and critical reader The



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