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Precision Teaching Resources
and Phrase Fluency Practice


Precision Teaching Probe Sheet Generators

These files enable you to create Precision Teaching "probe sheets" - you simply type in each sight word once and the file fills in all the rest.
All the sight words are used before being repeated in a different order each time.
The files give you the option of creating probe sheets with different numbers of sight words.
Why not involve the child in producing their next probe sheet?
You can also use the precision teaching technique to teach synthetic phonics and number facts.

Small print Comic Sans version Larger print Comic Sans version
Limited to words of up to 7 or 8 letters.
cursive version
Uses Lucida Handwriting font.
small print Sassoon Primary (size 14) medium-sized print Sassoon Primary version (size 16) Larger print Sassoon Primary version
Limited to words of up to 7 or 8 letters.
PT Probe semi-logarithmic record sheet The advantages of this using this style of chart are:
1. They show fine changes in performance which could be very significant with children who have experienced learning difficulties,
2. These charts focus attention on the magnitude of the change that is occurring rather than absolute change. It is felt that looking at children’s progress in this way provides a more accurate representation of their learning.

On Screen Probe Files

To use these files you must say yes to using macros, and enable the Analysis Toolpak Add-in - instructions on how to do this are given on the SETUP sheet.

On Screen Precision Teaching LITERACY Probe
This file can be used for reading or spelling probes
The file uses the computer screen to randomly display words. You simply click on a tick of cross button at the bottom of the screen for each child response. The file counts correct and incorrect responses; but this is hidden from view until you scroll down at the end.
If using this file for spelling probes make sure the kid(s) can't see the screen!
The file has a sheet of high frequency words to paste in, plus a sheet on which you can store sets of words for particular children.

On Screen NUMBER FACTS Probe
This program enables you to use precision teaching to practise number facts. It works in the same way as the other On Screen Precision Teaching Probes file. It uses the same on-screen buttons and keeps a hidden score. You can copy/paste in practice number facts from the sheets of tables an number bonds. You can even prepare sets of your own preferred number facts.

Grateful thanks go to Howard Kittle of Eugene, Oregon for helping me to refine and improve these two files.

Phrase Fluency Practice

Reading Fluency is essential for comprehension. It encompasses the skills of
recognising most/all words accurately,
being able to read words rapidly and without effort (saving effort for comprehension)
and reading reading with expression which helps to convey meaning to others.
For greater explanation I recommend that you visit Republic's this page from the Irish Government's Professional Development Service for Teachers

download phrase frequency file

I am indebted to Eoin Shanahan for making me aware of this technique, and to ROI's Professional Development Service for Teachers for the link to their excellent website.