I've cancelled my writing class meetings for most of the week, and instead scheduled individual 20 minute meetings with each of my writing students to talk about their research papers, and whatever else seems useful.
Doing conferences is challenging because the research topics my students choose are all over the place, and I'm trying to help them find answers to their questions, or more often, resources to find answers to their questions (have I mentioned lately how much I love librarians?).
Students who have irritating habits in class (like chatting with their neighbors while someone else is trying to contribute to class discussion) are often really wonderful in a conference. Sometimes it seems like they disrupt class not because they're careless (which some are), but because they really want some attention, and conferencing gives them a legitimate way to get attention, so they really shine.
I like to think I give good office hour. But boy, is it time consuming!
All my students are pretty much working desperately on one or another research type paper, including in my other classes. So far, Chaucer folks are turning up in office hours to discuss their work in pleasing numbers, but I'm worried that only a few theory folks have dropped by so far. I think it's time to light a match in class or something (metaphorically, of course!)