The idea behind the Readers and Writers Workshop model of learning is that students learn best by actually DOING what they are learning. Readers need to READ. Writers need to WRITE. Artists, need to sculpt or paint or draw. So what does the teacher do while her students are READING or WRITING or SCULPTING? The teacher is moving around the room, observing, encouraging, helping, giving hints and tips, in a word...TEACHING!
For more information on how to CONFER with READERS take a look at Jennifer Serravallo's book, Conferring With Readers.
For information on how to CONFER with WRITERS take a look at Carl Anderson's book,
Happy Teaching 2014-2015!!