Writing conferences happen when you converse with students; you listen to students talk about their writing. You look at students work and then teach in response to what you have learned.
Oral and written language are always learned in a social/cultural context - children learned to talk, read and write through their interactions with others. After weeks of writing, the children celebrate their stories by reading their published stories to their friends. Children will listen to the feedback and act on it.
John Hattie and Peter Johnson mentioned in their books -- feedback builds a metacognitive awareness that reinforces their identity as an agent of their own learning and understanding.
Here are some pictures for you to see students in action during peer conferences on their writing.
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