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Kindergarten writing revision lessons. Students learn how to revise their writing with these mini-lessons. Engaging activities and management ideas that get kids excited to write.

Writing: revising and conferring in kindergarten

September 25 Deedee 3 min read

Kindergarten writing revision lessons. Students learn how to revise their writing with these mini-lessons. Engaging activities and management ideas that get kids excited to write.

Awww… the first month of writer’s workshop is behind me.  We have built some strong routines and habits already.  I am super pleased.

A few days (weeks) past, we wrapped up our first unit by revising our writing.  I modeled this by selecting a piece that I had previously written.

I discussed how we had learned so much about writing and  I wanted to go back and add clarity to my writing.  So, I revised one of my original pieces.  I told my students that I did not think it was really clear that I washed my dogs in the garage shower, so I added some details.  I also told them that I thought I could add more words.

Then my students self-selected a piece from their own writing and set out to add clarity. For many, this just meant adding additional colors.  At this point of the year, I am more interested in the PROCESS… not the PRODUCT.  Does that make sense?

(um… and yes, we sometimes write upside down on the paper.)

What was important to me was my students understood that they could add more information to their writing at anytime in order to help the reader understand.
This revision was not painful, they joyfully set out to work… no tears!I have also been rewarding tables that work quietly and “make my heart happy” with their hard work.  I just hang a badge clip from their table number with a heart I cut out from construction paper… a little ghetto… but it works! You can find the badge clips HERE.







During the next writing period, that table gets to use my mechanical pencils.

It’s kind-of a big deal!



We are now knee-deep in writing books with our second unit.  So far… so good!  It is always a wee-bit scary to loosen the control and let students start book making.

Trust me, it is worth the discomfort.

We have started sharing on the interactive whiteboard.  My document camera when belly-up this year.  It was 5 years old, so it lived a good life.  We now use my iPad to share.

This is the stand we use. It is sometimes unavailable. Here is an alternative.

We just mirror the iPad to our computer using AirPlay.  Simple really!

We also have been sticking to our conferring schedule.
This is a free download, just click below.

You can read about how this all works by clicking HERE.

I also have started to use an app to keep track of my conferring (I feel so techie… for REAL).You create the subjects you want to use.


You can export them or share the information with others… (cue angels to sing.)

This is what my “writing” tab looks like.  I have them sorted by date, but you can sort them alphabetically too.

When I click on a student’s name, I can just start typing.  It saves my comments, so if I want to say the same thing with another writer, I don’t have to type it all.  WHAT?! So easy!

AND… I can take a quick photo of what I am conferring on.  I! LOVE! THIS! FEATURE!

Friends, as you know, it is not about the data you collect, it is about what you DO with the data.  I feel like I am able to collect detailed data in a concise way.  Data that I can turn around and use!

Kindergarten writing revision lessons. Students learn how to revise their writing with these mini-lessons. Engaging activities and management ideas that get kids excited to write.


  • pattyward September 25 at 12:52 am

    That app looks amazing

  • justhave2teach September 25 at 12:52 am

    I have been horrible about keeping data on writing and conferring. I am hoping to use your rotation system this year, but this would be an amazing addition.

  • Mindy Eckert September 25 at 12:53 am

    This app look so much better than my current clipboard/stack of papers method.

  • Erica Bohrer September 25 at 1:03 am

    I need that app!

  • Nicole Blondo September 25 at 1:06 am

    This is amazing and so high tech!
    Nicole Blondo

  • Jennifer Lynn September 25 at 1:07 am

    This app looks great!

  • Ms. Cornell's Kindergarten September 25 at 1:09 am

    Would love this app! I am always looking for ways to make conferencing smoother.

  • kenleyam September 25 at 1:15 am

    I am using writers workshop and iPads in my classroom for the first time this year. This would be perfect!

  • alissa e September 25 at 1:16 am

    This app would be amazing. This is my first year doing a full out writer's workshop and this would be awesome for documentation and data collection!!

  • Melinda's World September 25 at 1:16 am

    Conferencing is my weak spot. This could very useful to help me get better at it.

  • Mrs. Maute September 25 at 1:17 am

    Looks amazing!!

  • Pamela Lusk September 25 at 1:20 am

    This app looks easy to use and I love that. I am not high tech and would love something like this.

  • Elizabeth September 25 at 1:22 am

    THis app would come in so handy RIGHT NOW! I'm just starting the conferencing routine so it is perfect timing!

  • Sue September 25 at 1:23 am

    What a great app to have!

  • OhioMom2 September 25 at 1:28 am

    I would love this for writing and math!!!!

  • Kandace September 25 at 1:30 am

    Looks like an amazing tool to use.

  • Sharon Sloan September 25 at 1:33 am

    This looks amazing!!!

  • Nancy Kaufman September 25 at 1:34 am

    I think this would be useful for parent conferences as well as with parents because all info is under that students name. Sometimes I have the clipboard and their folder and it's too much to shuffle!

  • Julie Davis September 25 at 1:34 am

    This app looks amazing!!!! We use your writing units and I am trying to get better with the conferencing part but am struggling. I need this app!!!!!

  • Sue September 25 at 1:37 am

    Wowza…..what a wonderful tool. This looks a terrific way to document what the kiddos are doing. Thanks for sharing this information.

  • Carissa September 25 at 1:57 am

    What an awesome looking app! Id love to be able to use it.

  • caroline September 25 at 2:01 am

    Great app!

  • Meja Lesley Blog September 25 at 2:04 am

    I would love to use this app to track data to be shared with parents

  • Sandy Welch September 25 at 2:14 am

    I'm a newbie with all this tech stuff! I'd love the app but you'd have to come to teach me how to use it!!! I have a question about the writing. What do you do if you have kids who don't know their letters or sounds? How do get them to write? Do you act as a scribe or do you let them go through the developmental stages of writing and accept scribbling? I got started with the 5 star drawing and beginning labeling with just the first sound from the little ones who know their alphabet. Help!

    • Deedee September 25 at 10:09 am

      YES! Sandy, I accept and applaud their attempts. This year I have VERY few who are matching any letters to sounds, but I know it will come in time. I scribe some of the time, but now that I have started the conferring cycle, it is difficult to do that each day.

  • Courtney Scarborough September 25 at 2:15 am

    I would love to use it for writing!

  • Shauna September 25 at 2:18 am

    I am in love with this app. I hope I win. If not, I'm going to buy it. Thanks for showing it to us.

  • Deborah Scruggs September 25 at 2:26 am

    I would love this app. It would be very helpful. I am always looking for ways to improve ways to teach writing in my classroom.

  • Becky Boreo September 25 at 2:34 am

    My weakest link is definitely conferring! I would LOVE this app to make this transition easier for me!! Love!!

  • Suzun September 25 at 2:38 am

    This app looks awesome! I love the fact that you can take pictures to include with your notes. Would love to win!

  • mkistler September 25 at 2:42 am

    This app looks awesome.

  • Breanne Simons September 25 at 3:13 am

    Love your Writer's Workshop posts!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Random question: Do you write on the large chart paper to model all year long and through every unit? ๐Ÿ™‚ If not, around what time/unit do you make the switch? Just curious. Your posts are my favorite!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Deedee September 25 at 10:06 am

      Hi Breanne,

      I only use the large paper until we start writing in books. So right now, I am modeling my writing in books. In general, I complete a page a day. I hope that helps (and thanks for the kind words)

  • Jonelle Bell September 25 at 4:15 am

    I love this app and the "make my heart happy" award!

  • Joanne Harband September 25 at 7:20 am

    I would love this app to help me keep track of all the little pieces of paper that seem to end up around my room somewhere. You make data collection look so simple!!

  • Miss Hope September 25 at 10:10 am

    Thanks for sharing such a great app! This would help me stay organized with my data collection. I already know I would use it with my writing, reading, and math groups. Having the option to email or upload to Google docs makes it that more convenient!

    • Deedee September 30 at 1:41 am

      Are you VHope? I think you are the winner, but you email keeps bouncing back to me. Can you email me?

      [email protected]

  • Pat Whiteland September 25 at 10:37 am

    This would be a great way to collect and use data rather than ending up with a pile of papers. I'm trying to use various tech apps to help not me but the kiddos!

  • Sandi MacDougall September 25 at 10:38 am

    Wonderful idea, Deedee! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to investigate buying it. (if I don't win that is- )

  • Terri September 25 at 11:01 am

    This would help me keep track of who I have seen and who I haven't

  • Sarah Parker-Walker September 25 at 11:24 am

    This app looks amazing! I would use. This for keeping track of all my books. Then i wouldnt need to have a CAFE binder, a Writing conference binder and a Math Small group binder!!! Great idea!

  • Theresa Goodrich September 25 at 11:29 am

    Wow! Just might be the next step for me……

  • Monica Hoang September 25 at 12:08 pm

    This might be the best tool that o have seen in a long time. Thank you for sharing your incredible ideas!

  • EEvans September 25 at 12:18 pm

    This would be such a fabulous way to keep all data on writing throughout the year (alternative to a portfolio) as well as providing order to the chaos that is data and goal tracking in kinder!

  • Carrie September 25 at 6:51 am

    I would love to use the Confer app for my reading and writing conferences. I am working on getting more organized ๐Ÿ™‚

  • keri September 25 at 1:28 pm

    Wow! I love reading about your writing workshop. You inspire me to try harder. THANKS!

  • First Grade by the Sea September 25 at 1:31 pm

    I am trying to get my techie this year. I just got an ipad and am attaching to my computer so I can walk around the room and using the projector it shows up on the wall with my marks I made with my stylus.. This description sounds very NON-techie! Attach this thing to tatt thingy and the what-ch-ma-callit does….. LOL


  • Teacher Gone Digital September 25 at 1:43 pm

    This would be a great app to use during writing conferences!

  • Tonya September 25 at 7:06 pm

    I really need to improve in writing!!! This would be great!

  • Colleen September 25 at 7:10 pm

    Would love to try this app out. Thanks for the blog post and giveaway!

  • Danielle Coley September 25 at 8:19 pm

    I would love to try this app. I love the writing goal settings and the writing plan. I downloaded them and plan to use them next week. I love everything you do!!

  • Kelly Palazzo September 25 at 8:55 pm

    I Love, Love, Love, your writing units! I would use this app in the same way you do. It would be so nice to have all of my comments and data in one spot that I could move easily between work and school.

  • ronnie September 25 at 9:41 pm

    I've been looking at this app for a while. Nice to see it in action. vhair61215atgmaildotcom

  • Jessica Himbury September 25 at 11:06 pm

    We just got iPads in our district and I've been trying to find a perfect app to keep conferring notes. This one looks amazing! Thanks for showing us this amazing tool!

    [email protected]

  • Debra September 25 at 11:39 pm

    This looks great, and we finally have iPads and wifi in the school!

  • Rachel Stowe September 26 at 12:14 am

    Thanks for sharing! I would love to try this app out!

  • LeAndra Morgan September 26 at 1:08 am

    This is such a neat app. Thank for this great post and the opportunity to win!!

  • Laura September 26 at 2:11 am

    I have the lite version and haven't started using it yet but you give me hope!

  • Jenna Peeters September 26 at 2:29 am

    Wow! This app looks amazing!! I would love to use it for Writer's Workshop. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Holly Bagley September 26 at 2:32 am

    This app looks amazing! I am totally going to test out the lite version right now! I can see endless possibilities with this! I LOVE that everything is right there you can pull up all the students data in seconds! Can't wait to try it!

  • Ellen September 26 at 4:42 am

    I would use this app to keep track of my notes and the picture feature is great. A picture is worth a thousand words!

  • Jessica September 25 at 11:28 pm

    What iPad app do you use for making it a document camera? I've tried a couple, but with the new update have been having trouble keeping it connected! I love documenting kids work electronically. I'd use confer for all the small moments throughout the day that I jot notes on stickies.

    What I Have Learned

  • I love this app…..I'm going to feel so "techy" using this and showing parents at conference time ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing!

    Stephanie Ann

  • susan September 26 at 5:49 am

    I would love to use this for conference time and have a better system for note taking!

  • Mrs. Frost September 26 at 12:52 am

    Managing conferring notes is always tricky. I want to be gone with the pen and notebook and move on to something a little more tech friendly!!! Love this APP!!!

  • Kathy Sciortino September 26 at 9:41 am

    This app sounds like just what I need. I teach reading & writing to 36 students and this could so help me!

  • KinderKapers September 26 at 4:26 am

    I just had a colleague tell me how wonderful confer was and that I should get it! She uses it to keep track of assignments (in 2nd grade) and running records. As for the writing lessons…the skills are needed at every grade and I am using them in 2nd this year. The writing is different, but the skills are the same.

    Terri Izatt

  • michelle September 26 at 9:36 pm

    Is this app different than the free one?

  • Amy Anderton September 26 at 10:49 pm

    Awesome way to stay organized!

  • Mandi Moore September 27 at 1:18 am

    I would love this app for my writing and spelling (Words Their Way) grouping.


  • angel chism September 27 at 2:04 am

    Awesome app, it would be so helpful in the class

  • Jessica September 27 at 2:52 am

    So amazing! Great post!

  • Chrissy Heath September 27 at 3:20 am

    This app would be amazing!Chrissy

    First Grade Found Me

  • Heather Langley September 27 at 4:22 am

    I love the idea of typing in the conferring notes. It's difficult to get to 6 kiddos in a day (to get to all of them in a week). I also love the feature of snapping a pic!

  • Amanda September 27 at 1:54 am

    I could use this for sight word progress, writing, reading level and math progress. Thanks for the opportunity!

    A Very Curious Class

  • jenbrett September 27 at 2:31 am

    Ohhh! This makes me want to spend those Scholastic Bonus points on the IPAD for sure!!! I can't even imagine how much this would help! Conferences, grade level data meetings, guided reading groups, individual behavior plans, the fun never ends… So cool!!! Thank you for sharing! Jen [email protected]

  • Rebecca Thompson September 27 at 12:42 pm

    This app would make conferring during readers an writers workshop so much easier! It would also allow my TA and I to keep our notes in the same place rather than separate papers floating around ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michelle Stiger September 27 at 4:00 pm

    I am super bad about keeping my conferencing notes as organized as I should, so this would be a great help. Plus I have found if I use a fun techie tool I am more likely do it! Would love this app! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mrs. Banister September 28 at 1:08 pm

    First of all, this post is life changing. ๐Ÿ™‚ I downloaded the lite version of the app, and I love it! If I don't win, I will definitely be purchasing it. Secondly, I would love your opinion on an idea I have to integrate into the workshop process. We are 1:1 with iPad minis this year. I would love to add a digital publishing step to the process. I would still have six groups of three students: Three groups working on writing, one group turning in their folders at the end of the workshop, one group meeting with me on the rug/working on writing, one conferencing group, and then one group working on publishing digitally. I would use the KidBlog app for beginning of the year, and move into the Book Creator app when we get to book creation. I would LOVE your thoughts on this idea!

    • Deedee September 28 at 11:47 pm

      Dear Sweet Mrs. Banister… I am so NOT techie. I would not even be able to tell you where to start with iPads. I am no help ๐Ÿ™

  • Lydia Schaeffer September 28 at 3:23 pm

    This app looks amazing! I would use it just like you! I find writing to be the most difficult subject to teach because I try to stretch myself too far, conferencing with every student, every time. I'm looking forward to trying out the method you described above!

  • Jaime Williams September 28 at 3:45 pm

    This app would help me keep better organized in both meeting with students and collecting data for administrators. I would be super excited to use it!

  • Lisa Drake September 28 at 10:44 pm

    I saw this app and tried it out. Unfortunately it won't allow me to add all of my students. I would love to have the full version. This would allow the reading specialist and I to easily share information we collected during writer's workshop conferences.

    • Deedee September 28 at 11:46 pm

      I know… the free version just lets you work with a few students, but the full version is heaven. Good luck!

  • Cassie September 29 at 1:11 am

    love this!

  • Olivia King September 29 at 1:18 am

    This looks great! I would use the app during writers workshop! Probably like you do because I also use your writers workshop units!! We just finished unit 1 too and we are having our publishing party tomorrow! ?

  • Mona Knopf October 13 at 11:55 pm

    I love the app and your writer's workshop. This is the 3rd year that I am using it and every year I am amazed as to what my kiddos can do. Thanks for sharing your work. I love your conferencing schedule, but am having a hard time finding it on your facebook. Is there a way you can send it to me? I am excited to hear you speak this weekend in Wisconsin!!

  • nancy john March 23 at 5:48 am

    Kindergarten is such a fun year for writing and reading progress. I wish I would have saved more samples from my years of teaching over the years as each kid has such a unique style!

    kids Kindergarten

  • Lisa March 7 at 6:25 pm

    Can anyone tell me the name of the app referenced here?

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