Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011

Reading fluency

by stryson

One of the downsides to everyday life at school is that my desk tends to turn into a black hole. My prep is last period this year, and I invariably find myself staring down an unsteady tower of papers of many varieties. This has, on occasion, caused me to misplace important things, only to flail when I need them later. Have I mentioned that I teach LD children… and that I’m supposed to be teaching these kids, with  their executive function deficits, to be more organized? It’s downright embarrassing.

In any case, my single most-misplaced piece of paper is also one of my most useful, and in a pinch today, I found a copy of it online in PDF form. It is the Hasbrouck & Tindal Oral Reading Fluency Norms. You can find an easy-to-read copy here. This chart is a great go-to for conference time, when parents ask potentially-awkward questions about whether or not Johnny is performing on grade level. It also makes for an easy write-up of instructional levels for PLEPs or PLAFs. Of course, this chart does not take comprehension into consideration, but it does give handy percentiles for grade level of decoding ability.

Now, in the interest of avoiding the pile growing any larger, I have some grading that awaits me.

3 weeks until summer!

May 26, 2011


by stryson

Apologies for the sparse posts of late. My husband and I are buying a house, and the process has consumed any brain power I have left at the end of the day. Things should be back to normal soon.

I found a very cute game for figurative language, and I used it on the smart board today with my students. It’s called “Fling the Teacher.” The link is here.

May 3, 2011

Grading’s greatest hits

by stryson

Some charming answers from the papers I’m grading this afternoon:

From a piece on Jane Goodall studying monkeys:

6. What would you hope to learn about chimps if you studied them?

Student 1: I hope to learn that they are butlers that we could take home.

Student 2:Building a wooden wii and playing the games that I have.


Free choice poem writing:

“My Mom is nice

She likes to dance

She takes out the garbage

and I like to dance.”


“I’m sitting in her seat.

She doesn’t even notice.

She turns around and sees me.

She says go back to your seat.

I’m sitting in my seat.

I’m writing this poem. Yay me!”


From questions for The Ballad of Lucy Whipple:

4. What is Gold Fever, and how did Butte catch it?

Gold fever is a fever people catch by finding gold and that’s how Butte caught it.

3. What has shaken Lucy’s faith?

I has shaken her fear that her new name will be much better than California. (editor’s note: ?????)

At least this is keeping me entertained.