It’s that time of the year again; standardized tests are right around the corner. Our seventh grade students will be assessed on expository writing for the first time in a couple years. As a 7th grade ELA team, we decided to spend today grouping all our students by the writing skills they were good proud of. They then found other writers who wanted to improve these same skills and grouped them together: students sharing tips and hints that helped them be successful. We called these “righting” conferences. Our hope was that the students would think about what is “right” in their work and celebrate what the CAN do. It was a bit crazy, I’ll admit. But it was an activity that, with practice, I think can be a valuable tool to grow student confidence and grow better writers.