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by JIM CURRAN
Fri Apr 28, 2006 10:55 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Best Way to Improve Spelling?
Replies: 1
Views: 1504

Spelling

Sorry Cassius, I posted my last posting before I saw your message. You might find this posting helpful.
by JIM CURRAN
Fri Apr 28, 2006 10:45 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Spellings and the Alphabetic Code
Replies: 21
Views: 7353

Spellings and the Alphabetic Code

Good spellers make good readers but not all good readers make good spellers. I was doing some tests with an nine year old last week, on the Vernon Graded Word spelling he mispelt “young” as “yung” and “honey” as “hony” he then went back and changed both to their correct spelling. When he had complet...
by JIM CURRAN
Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Updated: Consultation on the Frameworks review
Replies: 32
Views: 12082

Clackmannanshire

Hi Morrice 166, like Felicity many critics of Synthetic Phonics and the Clackmannanshire research made a big thing out of the supposedly weaker comprehension scores at the end of primary 7, on average the Clackmannanshire children were scoring three and a half months above their chronological ages o...
by JIM CURRAN
Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Putting The Pieces Together
Replies: 5
Views: 2796

Putting The Pieces Together

I’ve been working with a nine year old boy who had a serious phonological processing problem. He was reading two years below his chronological age. When I retested him after 6 months he was reading and spelling 6 months above his chronological age. As well as the standardised reading and spelling te...
by JIM CURRAN
Fri Apr 21, 2006 11:37 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: synthetic phonics or ritalin?
Replies: 6
Views: 3332

Ritalin

Ritalin is part of the modern phenomena known as the quick fix. When I started teaching over 30 years ago ADHD and its henchman ritalin were unheard of, now it’s an epidemic that sweeps our classrooms. If they saw my year 8 pupil lying sleeping on his desk in the afternoon so drugged out with Ritali...
by JIM CURRAN
Wed Apr 19, 2006 6:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Is it dyslexia?
Replies: 13
Views: 5071

Is it Dyslexia ?

I know that not everyone who posts on our message board agrees with the concept of dyslexia and I would accept that there are all sorts of difficulties in the way the professionals go about diagnosing the condition which only further complicates the issue. Dr.Sally Shaywitz , author of “Overcoming D...
by JIM CURRAN
Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Classroom Discipline
Replies: 6
Views: 3216

Classroom Discipline

What is going on? do teachers, heads of faculties and schools in general develop strategies in order to cope with children who cannot read? - do these strategies include 'differentiated materials' 'life skills' courses - or am I being just horrible? Hi Pat, what usually happens in Secondary school i...
by JIM CURRAN
Sun Apr 16, 2006 8:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Basic Skills Agency booklet for parents
Replies: 1
Views: 1405

Basic Skills

What method is best for my child? How will I know?

There is no single way to teach reading.

Different children may need different methods.

Forget about the Rose Report. Same old Basic Skills Agency. Some things never change.
by JIM CURRAN
Sun Apr 16, 2006 9:04 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Classroom Discipline
Replies: 6
Views: 3216

Classroom Discipline

If children don’t learn to read at school bad behaviour follows very quickly as sure as night follows day. Discipline becomes a huge problem. How do you cope with school if you can’t read? Usually you become a class clown to cover up your sense of shame and hurt. Here’s what Margaret Bishop author o...
by JIM CURRAN
Sat Apr 15, 2006 9:28 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Zero Tolerance
Replies: 9
Views: 4142

Zero Tolerance

A two-stage approach was adopted in a 10-year study involving individual and group testing of over 7,000 children every year. First, by a comprehensive early intervention programme at pre-school and early primary, we would raise standards and reduce the numbers experiencing reading failure. Secondly...
by JIM CURRAN
Sat Apr 15, 2006 9:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Please Help!
Replies: 54
Views: 20567

Help

I remember once hearing that the primary purpose of IEP’s was to cover backs and ensure that no one in authority got into trouble.
by JIM CURRAN
Fri Apr 14, 2006 5:05 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Success with Jolly Phonics
Replies: 16
Views: 7088

Jolly Phonics

Thanks anicka for the great work that you are doing, not only a great advertisement for Jolly Phonics but a great advertisement for the teaching profession.
by JIM CURRAN
Fri Apr 14, 2006 4:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Please Help!
Replies: 54
Views: 20567

Help

Hi Iks, first the good news, I manage a unit for older children ( 11-16 ) who have statements, the weakest have reading ages under 6 but by the end of the year they have all learned to read. I use a Synthetic Phonics methodology and I have two excellent Learning Support Assistants who give daily hel...
by JIM CURRAN
Wed Apr 12, 2006 10:13 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Zero Tolerance
Replies: 9
Views: 4142

Zero Tolerance

I know that the work being done by Dr. Tommy Mackay in West Dunbartonshire has been flagged up before on our message board but I felt that this piece in Literacy Today makes for informative and interesting reading. This article first appeared in the March 2004 issue of Literacy Today (issue no. 38)....
by JIM CURRAN
Tue Apr 11, 2006 8:08 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Building Knowledge
Replies: 7
Views: 3238

Building Knowledge

Vandalism , pure and simple. It dresses itself up as kindness to the kids, as deliverance from stale tradition, as democratic resistance to cultural imperialism, but it proceeds by denying access to the best of everything to those who have the worst of nothing, and its consequence is devastation….Pi...