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How Foolish of Me

Reading Class: I have been calling students up one at a time and having each of them read to me outloud. Afterward I talk to them about their reading fluency and strategies good readers use. I met with 5 students on Thurday, 5 students on Friday, 5 students on Monday.

After the first day the students all knew what was happening. Most of them would arrive at the table already on the right page and would start reading aloud immediately. Today the third student at my table said, as he sat, “Do you want me to read page 50, too?” I told him I did. He opened the book and began to read.


“Hmmmm, Huey? Do you think you could read that outloud for me?”

Horrified, Huey looked at me thorough rounded eyes. “But,” he says. “Then you’ll hear me!”

“I need to hear you, or I won’t know how to help you read better.”

That trully appalled him. “But you’re the teacher!” He blurted, “You know everything!”

Heh — imagine me forgetting something like that.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Poor kid….sometimes I think they know more than adults! Sorry about the pain in getting out of bed…did I or did I not say the next day after the fall you would know how seriously injured you were? (Or is it because of something else?) Funny the cat sleeps on your head!

  2. Sometimes we forget we are leading the generation that will hopefully pay our Social Security. I’m jealous- the most I get is “I don’t believe you! lol

  3. ah to be admired and respected so’s a beautiful stage when the little ones think of parents, teachers and anyone in authority to be ‘perfect’…of course in your case they are right…

    and they called me brown noser ;p

  4. Another excellent anecdote from annals of an absolutely empathetic educator of apopolectic pre-adolescents…. Oh heck! it was a good story about kids. Thanks!

  5. HA HA! Sweet little Huey. I can see the scene in front of me clear as day (probably because I was little Huey way back when).

    I love what you say in your profile about approaching life with a sense of humor. Keep up the great work!

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