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Assessing oral reading fluency text next to printed fluency rubric laid on pink paper

Oral Reading Fluency Rubrics for Assessments & Grading

Many, many years ago, I was a reading teacher in a K-5 building. We revamped our report cards that year to be very standards focused. Indicators based on the standards were broken apart into the report card and each received their own score which then made up the overall grade.  One of the teachers came to me and said…”How do you grade fluency?” My oral reading fluency rubrics were born out of that question. At

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Managing your Small Group Schedule Display

Small Group Instruction Management

I’ve changed up my small group and centers rotation display several times over the years. My first year, my partner teacher and I grouped between classes so we had several groups to manage. Our set up looked something like this (but with quite a few more places the students actually went to) and with three rotations each day. Every morning I’d move the center rotation cards so the students knew where they’d go when since

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Ideas and resources for close reading

Close Reading

A few years ago, shortly after the widespread implementation of the Common Core State Standards, Close Reading was a big buzz in literacy education.  Mainly, people weren’t sure what it was and how to implement it in their classroom  I went to a training on Reading in the Common Core with Dr. Tim Shanahan.  As the former head of IRA, I knew he’d be wealth of information and would give good ideas and resources.  I

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PQA and Constructed Response

None of us want to admit it, but test prep is a crucial part of many of our jobs.  We have to introduce kids to the format of the test before they get to the test.  We have to teach them how to respond to the sort of questions the test will ask them.  And we have to teach them to read and answer thoroughly and completely. I don’t know about you, but most of

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A look at self monitoring, and free posters to display in your classroom.

Self-Monitoring

When I first started as a reading teacher, I was shocked by the amount of errors my students made without self-correcting.  I’m not talking about not being able to pronounce an unknown word or struggling with sounding one out.  I’m talking about students saying that “The dog meowed” and not stopping to figure out what the heck just happened.  And while that might be a slight exaggeration, it really was astonishing to me.  I quickly

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