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| Learning | April 8, 2014

(I’m working with a third grade student who struggles with reading and writing. Part of his tutoring program requires him to write sentences using words he is trying to master. One of the words is ‘form.’)

Me: “Okay, what’s your sentence for follow?”

Student: “I follow my teacher’s rules.”

Me: “Great sentence! I love that you’re using correct punctuation! Okay, next word is ‘form’ “.

Student: “My rum is in good form.”

(All of the other teachers slowly look at us.)

Me: “My rum? That’s not what you told me you were going to write!”

Student: “My rum… my room! My room is in fine form!”

Me: “Perfect! Let’s change the spelling on your paper, quickly!”

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