Teacher's Toolkit Resources

The Teacher’s Toolkit for Independent Reading from Gravity Goldberg and Renée Houser, is an all-in-one system for conferring with confidence. Each component of the toolkit supports teachers during every step of conferring—from determining what to look and listen for and preparing teaching texts to modeling reading notebook entries, giving feedback, and organizing note-taking systems. Download the sampler.

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Here’s a sneak peek at some of the resources that will be available with each toolkit.

Professional Study Videos (to support the Supporting Independent Readers: 25 Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions About Conferring professional book, Grades 3–5

Sample Video: Question 3: How do I start a conference?


Sample Video: Question 14: How do I keep conferences short? 




Step into the classroom. Download sample pages for each grade level.

Grade 3

Working with Le’Anna on reading stamina goal setting, Gravity models in her own reading notebook before coaching Le’Anna to try it herself.

Watch video 3.2: Goal Setting Conference to Build Stamina

Download a Grade 3 Sample



Grade 4

Gravity and Kamren discuss the class nonfiction unit goals. They take a closer look at Kamren’s strengths in fiction and how he might use them to create a goal as a nonfiction reader.

Watch video 4.3: Goal Setting Conference to Synthesize Information


Download a Grade 4 Sample



Grade 5

In this small-group lesson focused on characters, notice how Gravity uses a teaching text and her reading notebook to model.

Watch video 5.1: Small-Group Conference to Understand Character’s Identity



Download a Grade 5 Sample



Unpack the true power of independent reading. 


Read the white paper, The Power of Independent Reading: Developing Readers Who Can and Want to Read, by Laura Robb, Gravity Goldberg, and Renée Houser.

The white paper invites us into a classroom of students who are at a crossroads of whether or not they will identify as readers choosing to read on their own because they know it's worth it. 

From there, we explore the three common challenges to supporting readers who can and want to read, and unpack the true power of independent reading.


Read the white paper



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