OH MAN! When I first started teaching, writing conferences were a HOT MESS in my classroom. I literally would have volunteered to take every teacher's lunch, recess, and carpool duty for the year if just one of them would do my writing conferences for me. (Don't forget that I am located in the Phoenix area and temperatures get up to 120 degrees.)  Yup, that's how much I hated writing conferences. So, what happens when we hate doing something? We stop doing it. We put it off as long as humanly possible. That explains the mound of dirty clothes you probably have sitting in your laundry room right now. I started to reflect on the reasons that I hated writing conferences. It was actually a very simple revelation. I hated writing conferences because I was lacking knowledge and training. I had lots of questions and very few answers. Y'all, I didn't even really understand what a writing conference was, or why I needed to have them! And who really needs a co...