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by JIM CURRAN
Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Working Memory
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Working Memory

Recently I was doing some tests with a nine year old. On a number of Standardized Reading and spelling tests the child was scoring up to his chronological age. The spelling test I used was the Vernon and I have usually found it to be reasonably accurate. I then gave him ten minutes to do some free w...
by JIM CURRAN
Sun Mar 05, 2006 8:56 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: High Frequency Words
Replies: 3
Views: 837

High Frequency Words

Sorry about the 1000%. Even rrfer's find it a bit difficult to read with that level of accuracy.
by JIM CURRAN
Sun Mar 05, 2006 8:52 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: High Frequency Words
Replies: 3
Views: 837

High Frequency Words

It was only the high-frequency-word effect that made it possible to jettison real phonics and give the illusion of reading by having memorized the meaning of a limited number of words. It is no accident that Thorndike said, in a 1934 article, that children should know by fourth grade 2,000 words. He...
by JIM CURRAN
Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Statistics........
Replies: 5
Views: 1521

Congratulations

Well done to the RRF which continues to go from strength to strength and a special thank you to Mr.H whose technical expertise has made the Message Board so user friendly. I would also like to second what Debbie says about the open and courteous nature of the board and the people who use it. The RRF...
by JIM CURRAN
Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Hiding The Truth - I Can't Read (BBC1)
Replies: 9
Views: 1609

Reading Ages

If a child has been taught to decode properly using a synthetic phonics approach his or her reading accuracy should be on average considerably higher than chronological age. Good decoding is just a skill and once a child has mastered that skill they should be able to read most any phonetically regul...
by JIM CURRAN
Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: AlterNet: The Reading Wars
Replies: 16
Views: 2204

Matilda

I totally agree with what Debbie has said. Many children “appear” to be learning to read when primary schools use a mix of methods. They have been using books with lots of pictures and much repetition and memorisation of high frequency words. They have been taught the basic code and are able to soun...
by JIM CURRAN
Mon Feb 27, 2006 9:11 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Helping Slow Learners Comprehend
Replies: 4
Views: 1144

CIRC

Hi Sarah, as far as I am aware the concept of “Reciprocal Teaching” was the brainchild of Anne Marie Palincsar ( 1986 ) and was devised as an interactive strategy to help improve comprehension. CIRC is also an interactive process but attempts to have a wider area of focus by targeting Reading, Writi...
by JIM CURRAN
Sun Feb 26, 2006 3:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Helping Slow Learners Comprehend
Replies: 4
Views: 1144

Helping Slow Learners Comprehend

Slower learners who have been taught to decode need strategies to help them comprehend. I use an adapted version of CIRC- Cooperative Integrated Reading and Comprehension which originated at John Hopkins University, Baltimore.The version which I use is considerably different from the original but I ...
by JIM CURRAN
Fri Feb 24, 2006 2:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Diane McGuinness comments on the Torgerson Review
Replies: 23
Views: 3889

Torgerson

The Torgerson Report ( 2006 ) makes use of non-peer reviewed studies and makes a virtue of this while being critical of studies that don’t. Professor McGuinness rightly points out the folly of this approach. I’m not an Academic but I realised the Torgerson report was full of these types of contradic...
by JIM CURRAN
Wed Feb 22, 2006 4:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Flawed Research
Replies: 8
Views: 1464

Flawed Research

“The RRF’s policy and (largely )the dearth of research supporting it are discussed in detail in Appendix B” ( Torgerson et al 2005 page 20 ) We know that there has been considerable problems with reputable research in the field of education. When the National Reading Panel examined the available res...
by JIM CURRAN
Tue Feb 21, 2006 11:06 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Torgerson Review
Replies: 12
Views: 2020

Torgerson Review

“An analysis of the effect of systematic phonics instruction on reading comprehension was based on weak weight of evidence ( only four randomized controlled trials were found) and failed to find the statistically significant positive difference which was found in the previous review.” ( Torgerson et...
by JIM CURRAN
Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reasons to be cheerful - part 1
Replies: 33
Views: 4280

Reasons To Be Cheerful

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death I know that I shall meet my fate Somewhere among the clouds above; Those that I fight I do not hate, Those that I guard I do not love; My country is Kiltartan Cross, My countrymen Kiltartan's poor, No likely end could bring them loss Or leave them happier than befo...
by JIM CURRAN
Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Mythical Child
Replies: 9
Views: 1588

Mythical Child

Steve Sinnott, the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said ministers should avoid being overly prescriptive when it came to teaching reading. "To see one sole method as the answer to all the problems children may face when they are learning to read ignores the varying nature of chi...
by JIM CURRAN
Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:42 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Getting Synthetic Phonics A Bad Name
Replies: 13
Views: 1913

Getting Synthetic Phonics A Bad Name

We are going to have to get the right people into the Teacher Training Colleges and Universities . By the “right people” I mean those who have a proven record of successfully teaching a Synthetic Phonics Programme to a wide range of children from beginning readers to older failed readers to adults.T...
by JIM CURRAN
Sun Feb 19, 2006 10:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Selection In Schools Fails Most Children
Replies: 5
Views: 1233

Selection In Schools Fails Most Children

Hi Cassius, I’m not sure of the situation in England but where I live parents tend to have a fairly wide choice of schools, especially in the primary sector, when middle class parents see children from the big estates going in numbers to some of the local primary schools, they move their children to...