Well, our fourth grade writing predictor test is coming up, and this is a tough one for most fourth graders. It tells who is ready for the big state standardized test next year, and who isn't quite there yet.
I've been trying to make my students more independent during their writing time. Several students have been quite clingy, wanting to "conference" with me after every line or two they write. So I made up a new rule: You have to follow the "order of writing" according to the poster. Check it out at TPT: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Order-Mini-Poster. I uploaded this at Vistaprint and had it made into a slightly larger poster. By the way, if you haven't been to vistaprint, you should! http://www.vistaprint.com/
Students also only get to conference with the teacher ONCE. I know this sounds tough, but they need to be confident in their own writing and show their own thoughts.
Here are two of the writing units I'll be doing over the next month or so: