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CRCT Practice

Last week students were given a list of CRCT terms compiled by Mrs. Cushman. Students in sixth grade have been reviewing the terms to prepare for the CRCT Language Arts exam which will be on Tuesday. There are so many terms, I knew it would be difficult to cover all of them in class, so tomorrow, Monday, students will be given an answer key to go with all the terms. Whatever review they are able to do at home is beneficial.

posted on: April 15, 2007

Math homework

Today in math, we covered the symbols for equal (=), greater than (>), and less than (<). Tonight's homework is to get folder signed and finish any incomplete lesson that is sent home. Also, there will be a test tomorrow covering the concepts of lessons 1-5: review of addition and missing addends, sequences, digits, and place value. Review these concepts with your child.

posted on: September 11, 2006

Summer Reading

Each student at Mabry Middle School and those entering Mabry from our feeder elementary schools were to have completed a summer reading assignment. Those assignments were to have been turned in by Wednesday, August 16. In this small group Language Arts class, some students turned in completed reading logs, some completed the reports as assigned, still others claimed to have not received the assignment at all. When you look at your child's grades on icue for parents, you will see the assignment listed. If your son or daughter turned ANYTHING in showing reading was completed during the summer, they received a 100 grade for the assignment. If no attempt was made to do the summer reading assignment, the assignment will be marked as exempt rather than a 0. Certainly a 100 grade added to a student's average will heavily impact their nine-week grade in a positive way. Students without this 100 will not receive the benefit of starting the marking period with this advantage. I believe this is a fair way to reward those students that did the assigned work without giving a 0 to those that did not. If your student is new to Cobb County or the Mabry family of schools, they will receive the benefit of the added grade as they did not have the opportunity to do the assignment.

posted on: August 20, 2006


This year, I am pleased to be able to present to my Language Arts class a wonderful program being introduced in several small group Language Arts classes in Cobb County. Entitled Language! it emcompasses all parts of language learning: grammar and usage, listening and reading comprehension, speaking and writing, phonemic awareness and phonics, word recognition and spelling, and vocabulary and morphology. This Orton-Gillingham based program has proved to be "effective in improving test scores..."

Ten years ago, I trained in the implementation of this program with Jane Fell Greene, Ed.D. its creator. Today, it is new and improved, and I am anxious to begin this curriculum with students.

If you are interested in reading more about the Language! program, read what the research has to say.

posted on: August 13, 2006

Practice Makes Perfect

Nothing to do during Spring Break? Traveling, but have access to the internet? The Georgia State Department of Education has developed an online practice assessment system for the upcoming CRCT's. The system requires Internet Explorer 5.0-6.0 or Netscape 4.5-4.78 to run. The browser checker will notify you if your browser is not compatible. Go to

posted on: March 28, 2006

Parent Mentors

This downloadable flyer announces a meeting regarding parent mentors. These speakers are very informative.

Download file

posted on: February 22, 2006

Conferences are Coming

The week of October 17 has been designated at middle school conference week. Tomorrow, I will send home a blank schedule form for you to pencil in your first and second choices for a conference slot. I will try to honor one of those times. Please return the form ASAP, and I will confirm the time slot with you.

posted on: September 29, 2005

Tips for Studying Spelling

Two and a half weeks into the year, I find myself wanting to remind parents and students that success in school is greatest when study at home is being done as well. Many students have difficulty with the task of spelling especially when the words are randomly assembled in groups that don't relate to each other. Many teachers group words by content area. My approach is to group words with similar phonetic components. This allows students to see patterns in the words. When they learn the patterns and similarities, spelling the assigned group of words should be easier and will lead to generalization of this pattern in their everyday assignments. That is after all our goal...generalization of skills across the curriculum.

On Mondays, students are given the spelling list and assignments for the week. Thursday's assignment is always to study for the test on Friday; however, this cannot truly be the only day that study is done. Please encourage your son or daughter to spend 5 to 10 minutes each night on the spelling words. (Knowing how to read them and understanding them is important as well.)

Here are some tips for studying the words:
Write each word multiple times.
Trace the word on a textured surface like their pant leg, carpet, sandpaper, or table top.
Air write the words. Extend the writing arm straight out in front and place the opposite hand on the shoulder of the writing arm. Make large letters in the air.
Make up chants, cheers, or raps to help remember the most difficult words.
Say the words into a tape recorder and listen to them.
Use modeling clay to form the letters.

These study methods employ multi-sensory techniques which will help students remember the words. Muscle memory is the strongest type and will help students the most. After all, have you ever forgotten how to ride a bike even though it might have been years since you've done it?

posted on: August 28, 2005

Subscribing to an RSS Feed

This is the entry that Dr. Tyson wrote to explain how to subscribe to the RSS feed for this blog or any other.

How to Subscribe to through RSS

If you feel clueless as to what this is all about, you should read:

1. this general overview of our site, and then
2. read this easy-to-understand post on blogs and RSS,

and finally, read this page. ( «Oh, those were links for you to click on and read first if you feel the need.»)

OK, we can do this. Really! First, let's all get on the same page.

Mac Users Start Here (Windows folks jump down to the section, "Windows Users (& Mac Users if you want to) Start Here")
If you are a Mac user using OS 10.4 this couldn't be any easier.

* Keep this window open (so you can read it), and open a new browser window (Go to [File] and down to "New Window") then navigate to
* In Safari, your browser, you see a little blue RSS icon on the right hand side of the URL. (If you don't see it, and you are on the main page for, then you are not using Safari on OS 10.4 (known as Tiger) and will have to go to the Firefox section of these instructions.)

Blue RSS Feed Indicator

* Scroll down to the bottom of the main page you just opened, and click on Dr. Tyson's Desk.


* Once you arrive at my blog, click on the little blue RSS icon next the the http://mabryonline/blogs/tyson/ url. It looks just like the one pictured above.
* A new page appears that looks very different and has the URL: feed:// Drag the icon just to the left of the word "feed" in the URL down to your toolbar.
* In the little window that appears, give it a name you will remember, like "Dr. Tyson's blog."
* You're done. To read my RSS feed in the future, just click on the name you assigned it in your toolbar. Do you see why I love a Mac?!

To view your RSS feeds, simply click on the name (in the tool bar) you assigned it. You can get fancy and organize them. It's easy. Let's do it.

Organize your Safari RSS Feeds:
Most people don't organize their bookmarks very well. HUGE mistake. Let's take just a couple of minutes now to save you time and frustration later.

* Click on the tiny open book icon on your tool bar.
* Click on Bookmarks Bar in the left hand column that appears.
* At the bottom of the page you see 2 plus signs, "+".
* Click on the one on the right. No, the other right.
* Name this folder "[your student's name]'s Teachers Blogs."
* In the list on the right of the window you see the name you assigned to my blog when you drug it's icon down to the toolbar. Drag the icon next to it (and each feed url that you put on your toolbar) into the folder with your child's name. Look at your toolbar. Nice, isn't it. Notice, it will even give you a total count in the toolbar of the new posts you have yet to read! Do you see why this is outrageously cool!

posted on: August 25, 2005

Parental In"site"

Periodically, I will post sites of interest to parents regarding child rearing, study skills, or other topics. Hopefully, you will find them useful. This place is also where you will find dates posted of upcoming Mabry events.

Study Skills

Mabry Middle School

Cobb County Schools

posted on: August 09, 2005

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