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by JIM CURRAN
Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:06 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: MEMORY
Replies: 20
Views: 5644

Memory

Judy and all, you might be interested in the Dyslexia Screening Test ( DST- Fawcett and Nicolson ) which has a Backward Digit Span test. It can be used with children between the ages of 6.6 – 16.5 . It’s good for testing memory because it will give a more exact indication of how weak a child is, for...
by JIM CURRAN
Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: NUT eat your heart out
Replies: 1
Views: 1158

NUT

I couldn’t agree more Lesley. The Teaching Unions without exception are no different than the educational elite who have caused most of this damage in the first place. The American Educator is a superb magazine and I would highly recommend it to any teacher who would like to see teaching become a 21...
by JIM CURRAN
Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:09 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Thank you
Replies: 5
Views: 2538

Thanks

Thanks Mona, without you there would be no Rose Report and a personal thank you for all the support, advice and encouragement you gave me on my own voyage of discovery. :D
by JIM CURRAN
Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: UKLA response to the Rose Review final report
Replies: 3
Views: 1700

Whole Word

It is our contention that whole word, analytic and synthetic phonic approaches are all useful in helping the beginner reader to decode printed text How is it possible to “decode” an unfamiliar word using a whole word approach. The only way you can know a word using this approach is to have memorized...
by JIM CURRAN
Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:18 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ROSE REVIEW: FINAL REPORT
Replies: 30
Views: 11248

Well Done

Well done to the Reading Reform Foundation and all its supporters and especially well done to Mona McNee our founding member.Also a heartfelt thank you to Jim Rose who has stuck to his guns inspite of fierce opposition. This huge U turn in government policy has taken place against all the odds and t...
by JIM CURRAN
Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:44 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Rose Review
Replies: 7
Views: 2310

Rose Review

I heard a piece on Radio 4 News this morning about the Government adopting a synthetic phonics methodology to be introduced into all schools. I’ve checked the papers but can’t find anything. I know the Rose report is due out today. Has anyone any more details?
by JIM CURRAN
Sun Mar 19, 2006 9:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why no international teaching profession?
Replies: 10
Views: 2789

Research based

Thanks Susan for two very thought provoking articles. I really think they should be compulsory reading for all teachers and more especially trainees. Of course the powers that be in the educational establishment have a vested interest in these types of articles remaining obscure. In thirty two years...
by JIM CURRAN
Fri Mar 17, 2006 1:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: call for examples: of Whole Language failing children
Replies: 20
Views: 5273

Whole Language

I think that most teachers who work with older poor reader using a synthetic phonics methodology to remediate have encountered the phenomena that you describe so well in your post Maizie .I feel that it is partly a memory and sequence problem but mostly a whole language multi-cueing strategy problem...
by JIM CURRAN
Thu Mar 16, 2006 10:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: call for examples: of Whole Language failing children
Replies: 20
Views: 5273

Whole Language

Hi Tricia, you’re absolutely right. Over the last thirty years there has been a titanic struggle to try to have good Synthetic Phonics teaching introduced to our primary schools and people like Mona McNee, Jenny Chew and Sue Lloyd of the Reading Reform Foundation have been to the fore and the when y...
by JIM CURRAN
Thu Mar 16, 2006 3:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Lindamood-Bell
Replies: 18
Views: 5375

Teacher Training

Are you saying Tom that teachers don’t need any formal training structure? One of the biggest problems in teacher training is the mis-training that takes place. If young trainees receive the appropriate training from people who know what teaching really is about and are dedicated and prepared to wor...
by JIM CURRAN
Thu Mar 16, 2006 12:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Lindamood-Bell
Replies: 18
Views: 5375

Teacher Training

While I don’t believe that teaching reading is “Rocket Science” ( Louisa Moats NICHD ) I do believe that training , support and supervision are necessary in the initial stages for anyone hoping to teach reading. I work with older weak readers who bring with them much excess baggage from whole langua...
by JIM CURRAN
Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:26 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: call for examples: of Whole Language failing children
Replies: 20
Views: 5273

Shaywitz

The point that Shaywitz was trying to make in the snippet of the interview with David Boulton that I selected was that disadvantaged children have their disadvantage compounded by not being taught to read . It’s the environment both home and school that fail these children. Even dyslexic, children m...
by JIM CURRAN
Wed Mar 15, 2006 3:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: call for examples: of Whole Language failing children
Replies: 20
Views: 5273

Sally Shaywitz

Connecticut Longitudinal Study: Dr. Sally Shaywitz: Then we were able to go even one step further. I directed a study called the Connecticut Longitudinal Study. This study has been ongoing since 1983, where we've followed an epidemiologic sample of Connecticut school children. The target population ...
by JIM CURRAN
Mon Mar 13, 2006 11:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Size of vocabulary
Replies: 5
Views: 2329

Vocabulary

There are lots of things that hold disadvantaged children back in our education system. Not being taught to decode is one and weak vocabulary is another. I am very interested in the Hart and Risley research in this area ( Meaningful Differences In The Everyday Experiences Of Young American Children ...
by JIM CURRAN
Sun Mar 12, 2006 1:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Getting It Right
Replies: 1
Views: 1403

Getting It Right

Geraldine Carter wrote in newsletter 57, “ In the UK , the NLS policy seems to be to allow phonics teaching as long as it is enmeshed with searchlights and provided that synthetic phonics is never implemented with a proper understanding of how it works.” ( page 26 Marilyn Jager Adams on The Three – ...