I was just wondering if this is normal or if I am just overestimating the abilities of the third grade students. My third graders are about average intellectually, but overall many of them do not know how to do basic addition facts, they have no decoding strategies in their mental "toolbox", very few phonics skills, spelling is terrible (and lazy many times), etc. I student taught in second grade last year and it seems like they are at that level, instead of a third grade level. Since this is my first year, I would love any insight! Thanks!