How To Confer With Readers

Updated: Oct 26, 2021

Quick Reference Guide for Conferring With Readers

The leading experts in reading conferences say there are 5 parts of a reading conference:

  1. Research

  2. Decide

  3. Compliment

  4. Teach

  5. Link

Why do these 5 steps seem like they will be so difficult and time consuming?

Keep this in mind...

Conferring with readers doesn't have to be as time consuming and as difficult as it sounds.

Check out these reminders and tips for moving through the steps for conferring with readers.


The idea that surrounds research the reader is to find that one idea that will help the reader move forward.

So, before conferring with a student, the teacher needs to get to know the reader individually.

Research comes in many forms depending on the goals of the reader. Teachers get to know their readers in variety of ways.

Frame researching the reader with these 3 ideas...

Look through your previous conferring notes and records for the child to establish a quick picture of the reader.