Teacher's Toolkit for Independent Reading

Helping students in grades 3–5 become strong, independent readers requires thoughtful planning, active listening, accurate tracking, and personalized follow up. But, many teachers don’t have the time, the tools, or the experience to plan effective conferring conversations that will allow them to assess students’ individual independent reading development and help them become stronger, joyful readers.

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Developed by authors and educators Gravity Goldberg and Renée Houser, each grade-level specific Teacher’s Toolkit for Independent Reading for grades 3–5 provides an all-in-one conferring system to help teachers:

  • Access ready-to-use teaching texts, a curriculum guide with grade-level specifics for teaching with focus, and tools to engage students in their individual reading process and progress.
  • Learn and model essential independent reading skills for their students.
  • Build the confidence to focus on responsive, personalized discussions with students.
  • Organize and easily access teaching materials and student progress notes in one place.
  • Gain ready access to expert conferring advice provided in the professional book, online videos, and Facebook Community.

With the Teacher’s Toolkit for Independent Reading, teachers will have everything they need to prepare, model, track, and manage effective, student-centered conferring sessions with confidence.


Toolkit Components

Teaching Materials

  • Supporting Independent Readers: 25 Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions About Conferring professional book, Grades 3–5
  • Grade-level specific Your Everyday Guide for Conferring, Grade 3, 4, or 5
  • Teacher’s Reading Notebook, Grades 3–5
  • Teaching Texts booklet, Grade 3, 4, or 5

Conferring Organizer and Management System

  • 3-ring binder with 32 rewritable tabs and 5-pocket accordion storage area for the professional book, Your Everyday Guide to Conferring, Grade 3, 4 or 5 and Teaching Texts booklet, Grade 3, 4, or 5.
  • Teacher sticky notes
  • Student sticky notes
  • Convenient zippered binder pouch for storing sticky notes and pens

Companion Website Access

  • Videos: 20–30 videos for sustained professional development and learning
  • Video Viewing Guide
  • Downloadable tools from the grade-level Your Everyday Guide for Conferring, Grade 3, 4, or 5 and professional book
  • FAQ


Watch authors Gravity Goldberg and Renée Houser describe how the Teacher's Toolkit for Independent Reading works.

About the Author(s)

Gravity Goldberg is an international educational consultant and author of five books on teaching. She holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from Boston College and a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She serves as a coach for Seth Godin's altMBA and is the founding director of Gravity Goldberg, LLC, a team that provides side-by-side coaching for teachers.


Renée Houser is a literacy consultant and co-author of the What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow series of teacher resource books. She holds master’s degrees from both Old Dominion University and Fordham University and is currently studying the Reggio Emila approach to early childhood through the University of California Los Angeles.



Product Details

Grades: 3, 4, 5
Year: 2020
Item No: 1400Item No: 1401Item No: 1402Item No: 1403
ISBN: 978-1-62531-400-0ISBN: 978-1-62531-401-7ISBN: 978-1-62531-402-4ISBN: 978-1-62531-403-1
Publisher: Stenhouse PublishersPublisher: Stenhouse PublishersPublisher: Stenhouse PublishersPublisher: Stenhouse Publishers