When I originally began teaching, I taught a writing workshop class for 7th graders. Using much of Calkins theory regarding writing conferences, I developed a conferencing system for students based around one weakness in their writing. I built the conferencing system based off the TN Core Writing Rubric, which is very similar to traditional writing rubrics.
When I conference with students, I give them one area for improvement. It’s extremely helpful for students to have one area to focus on when revising their writing. I’ve seen too many students overwhelmed and frustrated by the revision process, and this is a way I’ve aimed to streamline the process in the past.