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by ian
Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Decodable Readers: a review comparing six popular series
Replies: 3
Views: 2188

This is interesting Peter, thanks. Re: Read Write Inc What bothers me most is the decoding and grammar level that the books begin with. The series begins with code that is beyond initial instruction level: Book one, Level one has words like sing, long, thin, and jumping. The books aren't, obviously,...
by ian
Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Channel 4 lost for words - one year on.
Replies: 1
Views: 1399

Channel 4 lost for words - one year on.

I recieved this email today. I'm sure many of you have got it by now, but just incase: You may recall the Lost for Words debate held here at Channel 4 on 22 October – we had a great turn out and a lively discussion. You will be pleased to know we are making an update programme following on from the ...
by ian
Sat Jun 07, 2008 4:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Guessing
Replies: 9
Views: 4326

I have 2 struggling blenders in my reception class. I'm trying everything to get them blending and currently trying the tallying method. So, I get the letter cards out and put down m a and model how to go m a ma. They copy but say 'mat' - It is a real nuisance if the word IS mat so I've learnt now t...
by ian
Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phil Beadle: Computers are no substitute for the real thing
Replies: 7
Views: 3475

BUT the advantages of having a computer, science free zone for primary schools - KEEPING IT SIMPLE - and ploughing the money saved into basic literacy, numeracy, humanities etc. Yes - basic literacy and numeracy must and should have high priority, the curriculum should be slimmed down and opened up...
by ian
Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:11 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phil Beadle: Computers are no substitute for the real thing
Replies: 7
Views: 3475

I've heard it said that the signal is far stronger than that from a mobile phone mast - about which parents protest when one is built near a school. Oh.... Don't get me started! :evil: All right... don't say I didn't warn you: If you're talking about that panorama article a while back, there was so...
by ian
Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Is Oxford reading treee "Read at Home" OK
Replies: 13
Views: 8107

Read Write Inc (Ruth Miskin) have also produced a set of 'home reading books' to support the Main reading scheme. They are like the ditty's but in a little hard-back book. http://www.readwriteinc.com/page12.html I saw them in Tesco Home, for about £2, I think. They also have a little guide book for ...
by ian
Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Too much phonics is not good for you
Replies: 13
Views: 5542

:oops: Teaching my grandmother to suck eggs, eh? Not at all! :smile: I think that this was one of our friend Dick's bugbears. On the other hand, the 'keep it simple', tried and tested approaches seem to work for most children. Could it be equally argued that it is approaches specific to helping the...
by ian
Sun Mar 16, 2008 3:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Too much phonics is not good for you
Replies: 13
Views: 5542

HAve you ever looked into 'precision teaching'? This is all based on mastery and speed. ... I suspect that the 'speed reading' concept is based on PT, but PT uses special 'celeration' charts to monitor 'mastery', which RWI doesn't. I wouldn't be surprised if it is also a principle informing Solity'...
by ian
Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Too much phonics is not good for you
Replies: 13
Views: 5542

A little background, in case you don't know: ERR is 'Early Reading Research' - a project, mainly in Essex run for about 10 years from 1997. It is similar to SP, although it also taught 100 sight words and only taught one phoneme per grapheme. It was fairly boring to teach (the main reason why it fel...
by ian
Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Too much phonics is not good for you
Replies: 13
Views: 5542

Here's a link to the TES thread: http://www.tes.co.uk/section/staffroom/thread.aspx?story_id=2588276&path=/early+years/&threadPage=1&messagePage=2 I think that disco stu's post is very interesting! Although I speculated on 'poor training', his comments on SP training do give one pause for thought. ...
by ian
Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:47 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Working Memory
Replies: 6
Views: 3119

P.S. I've only skim-read the site. Please correct me if there is more to this than I thought
by ian
Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:46 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Working Memory
Replies: 6
Views: 3119

I'm not sure that their advice on what to do about it is very groundbreaking: The team's recommendations for coping with the problem include repetition of instructions, talking in simple, short sentences and breaking down tasks into smaller chunks. Child forgets the task · Give brief and simple inst...
by ian
Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New synthetic phonics website
Replies: 3
Views: 2300

Re: New synthetic phonics website

However, because of the limited number of words that can be used, these texts are often quite ‘stilted’ and uninspiring. Any more stilted or uninspiring than some of the repetitive texts schools often ask children to read? OK, a book that uses only s a m d t, ain't Shakespeare (Sit sam. Sam sit. Sa...
by ian
Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Side affects of synthetic phonics
Replies: 17
Views: 8498

Some years ago, when we were unusual as a school for teaching using SP, I was told by one of our local speech therapists that they would stop seeing children with speech problems who were starting at our school. This was because by learning and practising the sounds in the JP programme they were 'd...
by ian
Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: one new letter/s-sound correspondence a day?
Replies: 20
Views: 11411

Split the class.

There may also be 'runs of teaching and learning' which speed up the pace considerably once routines are established and children 'get the hang of it'. I agree with this point. Policy makers, parents and some teachers seem to have the impression that children's learning is linear. I find it rarely ...