I'm curious what skills all of you typically work on with students for good, measurable data. Yes, each kid is different, set individual goals - but generically there has to be some ground work where a kiddo fits in. I'm finding my typical pattern is this: -Letter identification mastery -Letter sound mastery -CVC mastery -blend and digraph mastery -sight word mastery (pre-primer, primer, then grade level) -Grade level equivalent books and comprehension That's kind of my basis for reading skills. Books, sight words, and blends kind of mix and matched in various orders. Am I missing anything all of you consider truly fundamental? Also, this is self-improvement because my admin thinks I am doing well, but I want to improve. Do you have any strategies to get out of a drilling rut...finding a way back to teaching meaningful lessons as a resource/support sped teacher? I just feel like my time with kids is so limited we're better to drill, drill, drill. All of my kids are making good progress, but I'm not a fan of the way I am currently teaching them. That said, I do make drilling and working through things really fun (I keep the kids' motivation levels high through humor and encouragement), but like I said...I'm in a rut and I want to climb out of it.