I was reading with a group of my first graders, who are reading at grade level. My one student's current goal has to do with fluency. He is working on reading at a more natural pace (not racing through the words) while paying attention to punctuation and reading with expression. (He is REALLY focusing on the expression bit at the moment.) Anyway, today he was reading with even more expression than usual. He read the first sentence beautifully. "He was NEVER mad." I beamed with pride as he briefly stopped at the period before continuing to read on to the next sentence. "He NEVER sh*tted." (The word was supposed to be shouted.) Not one single student said anything and the look on the reader's face convinced me that he was working out his mistake. So I fought back my urge to giggle and waited patiently to see if he would fix his mistake. I watched as the confused look left his face and he opened his mouth to say..."Wow!"