Once a first draft is complete, the author will want to conference with peers to share his or her writing and receive feedback on it. In the early past of the year this is best accomplished through teacher modeling the proper attitudes and expectations in receiving and critiquing student work. The important tenets in conferencing are:
Conferences can take place simultaneously around your classroom as the teacher circulates to listen and supervise student interaction. In some classrooms teachers identify specific groups of students who are to meet for conferences on a regular basis. In other classrooms students form ad hoc conference groups as the need arises. At the end of student conferencing time, it can be helpful to invite students to share what they have learned from one another with the class as a whole. Also, some students will want to share their drafts with the entire class in order to receive additional feedback from a wider audience.
When the writing conference is complete, the author is ready to write his or her second draft. Be sure to review with your class how to open the first draft in the word processor and save it as "topic_draft2" so that they will not overwrite their first draft in the process. By the end of the writing process the author should have at least six drafts in their writing folder on a topic, documenting the evolution of the piece towards publication.
Peer Content Conferences
by Carl Anderson
Conferencing with Students
Conferencing, Redrafting and Learning from Assessment
Teaching Writing with Peer Response Groups Encouraging Revision
Writing with Writers