Reading Conference Kit


For immediate download!

Reading Conferences are an essential part of a high-quality reading programme – a programme that you design for the unique group of readers you are working with.  No commercial programme can meet the needs of every one of the children in your class – only you can do this with your professional knowledge of the children, learning, the reading process and effective pedagogy (that is, what makes a difference).  Reading Conferences are where you really differentiate the learning opportunities for young readers.

The Reading Conference Kit has been designed to support children’s reading comprehension. After all, if we don’t read for meaning, we’re just ‘barking at the print’, saying the words out loud without understanding. In this multi-modal world, it is even more important that we teach children to think critically about texts and learn strategies to infer and synthesise for deeper understandings.  We need to start by teaching how to think as we read and view.

It is NOT everything to do with the teaching of reading – and doesn’t pretend to be. I wanted to create a resource that was accessible, concise and something you could ‘pick up and use’.  I hope you find it fulfils this goal!



The Reading Conference Kit includes:

Teacher’s Guide

  • What is a Reading Conference?
  • What are the Benefits of Reading Conferences?
  • What are the other children doing?
  • How do we create a “Book Club Culture”?
  • What purposes do conferences serve?
  • What is the ‘flow’ of a conference?
  • How do I organise to conference with everyone?
  • Where to learn more.

Conferring Comprehension with Readers – Menu of Possibilities

  • Early Years of School
  • Middle-Upper Primary

3 Sets of Bookmarks (each with 6 bookmarks)

  • To support children to transfer and practise strategies as they read independently.
  • General Comprehension Strategies
    • Make connections
    • Visualise
    • Summarise
    • Ask Questions
    • Predict
    • Synthesise
  • Thinking about Narratives
    • Who is the main/supporting character?
    • Thinking about the plot
    • Thinking about character traits that are helpful (EY)
    • Thinking about character traits that are helpful (M-UP)
    • Thinking about character traits that are unhelpful (EY)
    • Thinking about character traits that are unhelpful (M-UP)
    • BONUS: Common themes in narratives
    • BONUS: Thinking about characters’ feelings chart
  • Reading like a Researcher
    • Ask questions before reading
    • Read diagrams
    • Focus your research
    • Researchers visualise
    • Researchers predict vocabulary
    • Think about the numbers you read

Download a PDF file, copy, cut, fold and glue to create simple and inexpensive bookmarks.

Conference Records Templates

  • To download and try
  • Copy double-sided for each child. Bind into a booklet or set up in a tabbed folder/binder for efficient record-keeping of your conferences. Makes report-writing time much easier!


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