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Monday, May 20, 2013

Do You Speak Reading Recovery?

While going through my files, organizing for the end of the year, ...

... I came upon the following poem.  At the end of my training year in Reading Recovery, I wrote it for our "graduation" program.  Hopefully, it will give you a grin. 

Do You Speak Reading Recovery®?
by Barb Evans

Many fields, as it’s well known,
Have alphabets all their own.
A lawyer earns a J.D.
Doctors review a C.T.,
While in football the QB
Will try to score a TD.
Now in this, my training year,
I’ve developed a new ear
For the RR alphabet.
How many of these can you get?

We teach RR (letters tall).
We take rr-s (letters small).
Each day we must M-S-V,
Decide what made them SC,
Then conduct some M & B,
And pray we’re not O-O-T.
And much to our grief and woe
It’s B. T. G. we must go.                        
We started with the O.S.S. 
Which consists of all of these tests:  
L.I.D., O.W.T.,
C.A.P., and W.V. 
Then of our students we ask
To complete the Dictation task.
They must wonder, “What could be next?”
Why, then they must read leveled text!
After that it’s R.A.T.K.
Then F.A.R.T. for one day.
Our job is to closely observe,
Then record so we can preserve
The things that the child does well.
That’s the programme – Oops!  S.O.L.
The prompts that were written by Clay
Are the things we must learn to say.
One prompt is N.R. T.T.A.
Another:  Can we say it that way?
My favorite prompt is, I confess—
G.Y.M.R.F.T.F.S. –
It really is in the Guide Book –
In italics!  It’s there, just look!
“Take your G.B. with you to bed,”
So our T.L. has often said.
And so with our spouses we plead,
“Just go to sleep, dear.  I must read!”


  1. LOVE THIS! I haven't taught RR in a few years, but anyone who has will love this. Thank you for sharing!! :)

  2. As a former RR teacher of 6 years, thanks for the LOL!

  3. I just loved your poem. I was trained in RR in 1996 and have been teaching it ever since. I did four days of conferences/workshops in Oslo Norway in August 2013 at the invitation of one of the Regional Managers in Oslo who had brought 50 Principals/APs to visit my school and others.
    Would you believe, I received your site from the RR equivalent teacher in Oslo this morning and I will forward it to our Tutor here in Melbourne (Australia).
    Thanks so much (although what does F.A.R.T. and G.Y.M.R.F.T.F.S. stand for?

    1. Hi Jan. I'm so pleased that you liked my poem. It was fun to compose. How exciting to think that it is making it's way around the world.

      You got to go to Oslo for a conference! Lucky you. I'm a huge proponent of RR. Just loved teaching it. Sadly, my district has now dropped RR as it was deemed "too expensive."

      F.A.R.T. = Find a Readable Text and G.Y.M.R.F.T.F.S. = Get Your Mouth Ready for the First Sound.

  4. What does S.O. L. stand for?
    Thank you for the great poem share!

    1. S.O.L. is Series of Lessons. So glad you enjoyed the poem. I had fun writing it.

    2. S.O.L. is Series of Lessons. So glad you enjoyed the poem. I had fun writing it.