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by Katrina
Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:28 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Poor education is letting indigenous children down
Replies: 4
Views: 3043

Re: Poor education is letting indigenous children down

You can go here http://www.det.wa.edu.au/educationalmeasurement/detcms/navigation/naplan/schools/publications/?page=11& to look at the 2011 papers. The NAPLAN website has sample papers and answers http://www.nap.edu.au/NAPLAN/The_tests/index.html What you can't access are the marks that students ach...
by Katrina
Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Writing research: please help!
Replies: 14
Views: 6318

Re: Writing research: please help!

More great info and starting to feel like a group assignment. Thank you! Just need someone to sit around with drinking coffee late at night now. After all this talk about handwriting, I've realised that my own cursive (running writing as we like to call it) is terrible now, slow and not pretty. Near...
by Katrina
Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Writing research: please help!
Replies: 14
Views: 6318

Re: Writing research: please help!

Hi Yvonne, I'm looking for handwriting as well as story/genre writing because I think the role of handwriting difficulties is often overlooked when teachers are trying to address to needs of reluctant writers, as you suggest. In simple terms I am going to go against the grain and investigate and sug...
by Katrina
Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Writing research: please help!
Replies: 14
Views: 6318

Re: Writing research: please help!

Thank you ladies - I really appreciate your time and will start downloading and reading tonight (what is left of it). Maizie -I had a check of the information on spelling I saved last year and most of it you would already be familiar with, such as Susan's website and spelling programs like Apples an...
by Katrina
Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Writing research: please help!
Replies: 14
Views: 6318

Writing research: please help!

Hi there, I haven't posted for a while but I do take a quick look at the forum as often as I can. I'm currently undertaking some post grad studies in education and am two weeks into a unit on teaching writing, a core unit by the way. So far I have been totally underwhelmed by the quality of the pres...
by Katrina
Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:31 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Grapheme/phoneme correspondence for 'ure'
Replies: 24
Views: 11490

Re: Grapheme/phoneme correspondence for 'ure'

I've looked into this myself and it is a separate phoneme in my accent. If you look at this '44 Sounds of English' chart http://www.dyslexia-speld.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Kh7hycbitgA%3d&tabid=92&mid=500&language=en-AU you will see it as an r controlled vowel. I pronounce it as /yoo/+/uh/ (schw...
by Katrina
Sat Jul 02, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Any views on Success For All - FastTrack Phonics?
Replies: 12
Views: 5940

Re: Any views on Success For All - FastTrack Phonics?

Yes, it does screen them and I thought the placement test was quite effective at the time. If superheros are not his thing, there is bound to be something that gets him excited, be it a football jumper, Ben Ten watch, fireman's hat or even a skateboard. When I referred to jumping before, I meant jum...
by Katrina
Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Any views on Success For All - FastTrack Phonics?
Replies: 12
Views: 5940

Re: Any views on Success For All - FastTrack Phonics?

Since he likes the computer, have you tried Reading Eggs with him? I know it's not perfect but if you sit with him it can be a lot of fun (for him!) and it won't do any harm with you looking on. They usually have free trials before you have to part with any cash. When my little boy was four he read ...
by Katrina
Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Oz: Academic criticises First Steps WL program
Replies: 18
Views: 7923

Re: Oz: Academic criticises First Steps WL program

School support programs executive director Andrew Thomson said First Steps was one resource used by teachers and it was not a "whole language" approach. Teachers were encouraged to adopt a wide range of methods but the department placed specific emphasis on systematic teaching of phonics, he said. ...
by Katrina
Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:51 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Wonderful success story - Australia
Replies: 2
Views: 1958

Re: Wonderful success story - Australia

The article was published in the Autumn (March) 2010 edition of the Western Australian Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation Bulletin. The Bulletin is not available online however interested WA parents and teachers can subscribe by becoming members of the Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation http://www.dsf.net.au . FWIW, ...
by Katrina
Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:52 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Tactile multi-sensory activities
Replies: 19
Views: 7790

Re: Tactile multi-sensory activities

So we think that Montessori's sandpaper letters are irrelevant, then For older learners I think they must be irrelevant simply because the great minds who've devoted a lifetime to looking into what works and what doesn't, haven't included these very tactile activities in their programs. For young c...
by Katrina
Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Tactile multi-sensory activities
Replies: 19
Views: 7790

Re: Tactile multi-sensory activities

Maizie and Jim - I read through the links you both posted. I had actually read both before and obviously needed reminding. I remember trying to find the Sumbler and Willows study a while back but couldn't locate it. My son's Spalding-trained tutor used a highly structured 'multi-sensory' approach wh...
by Katrina
Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Tactile multi-sensory activities
Replies: 19
Views: 7790

Re: Tactile multi-sensory activities

Thank Maizie. Will read through it tonight.
by Katrina
Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Tactile multi-sensory activities
Replies: 19
Views: 7790

Tactile multi-sensory activities

Hello, it has been a while since my last post. I've started working as a reading tutor and my spare time has disappeared. Does anyone have any experience with very tactile multi-sensory approaches to teaching reading. By tactile, I mean things like sand paper letters, writing in shaving cream, feeli...
by Katrina
Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:21 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Australian Teachers Union bans administration of NAPLAN
Replies: 4
Views: 2921

Re: Australian Teachers Union bans administration of NAPLAN

What is the state of literacy, JAC in Australia and is there anywhere that a break-down of literacy by years is published. When middle class families from the UK arrive at our local primary school in Western Australia, as they frequently do, they usually find their children are ahead of similarly a...