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by yvonne meyer
Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: good news for Indigenous Australians
Replies: 2
Views: 1604

good news for Indigenous Australians

In Australia, the most disadvantaged are the Indigenous people living in remote areas. Finally some good news... Noel Pearson’s radical teaching plan passes first test THE AUSTRALIAN, JULY 22, 2015 They are the children who carry the weight of a legacy. With each turn of a page, with each multiplica...
by yvonne meyer
Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics Phobia in Georgia: Bruce Dietrick Price
Replies: 4
Views: 1971

Re: Phonics Phobia in Georgia: Bruce Dietrick Price

My son was 'rescued' by the Spalding Method. I don't remember any sight words. I could be wrong as I was only starting to learn about phonics myself at that time but my memory is that there was intense focus on learning the 75 Spalding phonograms and only using decoding strategies. My son had surviv...
by yvonne meyer
Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Primary schools rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding'
Replies: 27
Views: 8214

Re: Primary schools rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding'

I've come a bit late to this discussion but I want to respond to Frances5's earlier comment, I feel that making the phonics too high stakes would put a lot of pressure on children. 'Pressure' should be put on kindergarten and Year 1 teachers to make sure that they ensure their students can decode wr...
by yvonne meyer
Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: please sign Aust. anti-Reading Recovery petition
Replies: 9
Views: 3128

Re: please sign Aust. anti-Reading Recovery petition

The discussion about this item has caused a bit of an explosion on the DDOLL network! I think part of the reason for the backlash is mis-communication due to Edu-babble. For example, the AMADA people use the term, 'multisensory', in the Orton Gilligham & Spalding way meaning that students hear the s...
by yvonne meyer
Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: please sign Aust. anti-Reading Recovery petition
Replies: 9
Views: 3128

please sign Aust. anti-Reading Recovery petition

The new Labor Government in Victoria is talking about increasing funding for Reading Recovery. Please help us by signing the petition. The link to the on-line petition is below. Petitioning Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews This petition will be delivered to: Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews Mini...
by yvonne meyer
Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:50 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Pupils from poorest backgrounds achieve best-ever results
Replies: 11
Views: 5579

Re: Pupils from poorest backgrounds achieve best-ever results

This is very good news, especially considering that the target was raised from last year to this year. To my knowledge, this would be the first time targets have been raised in the UK. Am I right? I know in Australia, the benchmark gets dropped on a regular basis. Also the US have a history of dropp...
by yvonne meyer
Fri Nov 28, 2014 12:01 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: US Court says schools not required to teach effectively
Replies: 1
Views: 1444

US Court says schools not required to teach effectively

I'm posting the following US news reports in response to threads about trying to force schools to teach effectively. While the US legal system is in some ways different to ours in Australia and yours in the UK, the way the Education Blob has protected itself from being accountable to students is the...
by yvonne meyer
Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Help needed with scope and sequence of SP
Replies: 16
Views: 3815

Re: Help needed with scope and sequence of SP

Hi Anicka, Yes, Direct Instruction is the kiss of death here in Australia. As Kerry Hempenstall says, "most teachers don't know what DI is, but they know it's bad ". However, it should be possible to slip in "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" which doesn't have DI in its title. 100 Easy ...
by yvonne meyer
Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:04 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Review of the (Australian) National Curriculum
Replies: 0
Views: 2008

Review of the (Australian) National Curriculum

The publication of the Review of the (Australian) National Curriculum has been reported in the media as recommending a 'back to basics' and 'more phonics' approach to the teaching and learning of beginning reading. What is not being widely discussed is that the Review also points out that teachers d...
by yvonne meyer
Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Australian primary schooling based on folklore, dogma etc
Replies: 2
Views: 1249

Re: Australian primary schooling based on folklore, dogma etc

The entire paper @ link below Primary Schooling In Australia: Pseudo-Science Plus Extras Times Growing Inequality Equals Decline Stephen Dinham Keynote Address Australian College of Educators National Conference Adelaide 11th September 2014 Abstract Australian primary students are out-performed by t...
by yvonne meyer
Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:46 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Australian primary schooling based on folklore, dogma etc
Replies: 2
Views: 1249

Australian primary schooling based on folklore, dogma etc

Finally, someone from inside The (teacher training) Blob making sense. PRIMARY schooling is based on “folklore, dogma, ritual and untested assumptions”, in the view of leading education academic Stephen Dinham, who describes the curriculum as devaluing knowledge in favour of acquiring skills and val...
by yvonne meyer
Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Recovery fails New Zealand
Replies: 5
Views: 2236

Reading Recovery fails New Zealand

WHY THE NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL LITERACY STRATEGY HAS FAILED AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT Evidence from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011 and Reading Recovery Monitoring Reports Tunmer, Chapman et al Massey University Institute of Education Conclusions The constructivi...
by yvonne meyer
Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Helping a child improve their spelling
Replies: 15
Views: 3679

Re: Helping a child improve their spelling

MULTILIT (in Australia) publish a brilliant 'phonics-based' dictionary, see link below. It cost about A$25 and can be ordered on-line. My Spelling Dictionary My Spelling Dictionary is a new addition to MultiLit’s range of high quality literacy publications. It has been carefully designed to link the...
by yvonne meyer
Sat May 10, 2014 12:19 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: A Query
Replies: 7
Views: 1771

Re: A Query

The phrase and variations of the phrase have been around for a long time. You will find it in all evidence-based beginning reading researcher to describe effective reading instruction. For example, Jean Chall, Rudolf Fleisch and Zig Englemann were talking about 'phonics first' in the '60's. The Spal...
by yvonne meyer
Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:50 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Siegfried Engelmann: one of America’s great educators
Replies: 13
Views: 2969

Re: Siegfried Engelmann: one of America’s great educators

Elsiep says; I'd rather live in sloppy old Finland, with its Scandinavian egalitarianism Finland levies some of the highest taxes in the world, and has the highest suicide rate. Finland's GDP in the 1990’s fell 13 percent in three years and unemployment climb to 17.9 percent. Social spending has hel...