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by chew8
Thu Feb 23, 2006 9:10 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What exactly is reading?
Replies: 61
Views: 7129

I agree with what Susan says about some written English, after the primary-school level, being too complex to understand if one hears it read aloud. I also think, though, that there’s another side to this coin, which is that children can sometimes understand texts better if they hear them read aloud...
by chew8
Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reasons to be cheerful - part 1
Replies: 33
Views: 4280

I think we may be talking about two different poems here. The one written in the churchyard near my husband's hospital is by Thoman Gray and is commonly known as 'Gray's Elegy. The lines I had in mind are Full many a flower is born to blush unseen And waste its sweetness on the desert air. The other...
by chew8
Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:17 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reasons to be cheerful - part 1
Replies: 33
Views: 4280

Two points re. 'desert': 1. Gray could have meant 'deserted' - the flower blushes 'unseen' because no one is around to see it; 2. Even arid deserts occasionally spring into bloom if there's a shower of rain. It's an interesting illustration of the way that a bit of background knowledge may be necess...
by chew8
Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ELS / Better Reading Partnership - Research help!
Replies: 15
Views: 2335

Ken

I did a critique of the ELS 'guided reading' video in Newsletter 47 (Nov. 2001). There's certainly plenty of guessing shown on this video.

Jenny.
by chew8
Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Y3 Literacy Intervention - government style:
Replies: 5
Views: 805

Debbie wrote 'I do wish Jim Rose would grasp the nettle to address the damaging multi-cueing guessing strategies which are riddled throughout the National Literacy'. As I see it, Jim Rose has grasped this nettle pretty well in the interim report by saying that the searchlights must be replaced and b...
by chew8
Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Lecture in phonics in Milton Keynes
Replies: 3
Views: 1393

Kathy Hall is a prof. at the Open University and president-elect of the United Kingdom Literacy Association. As it happens, I spoke opposite her at a conference on 30 Oct. - RRFers who knew this was happening expressed an interest in what I would be saying, so I am printing my talk and handout in th...
by chew8
Tue Feb 14, 2006 5:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Do we need a Numeracy Reform Foundation?
Replies: 24
Views: 2935

I agree that young children are capable of a lot mathematically. I wondered whether my grandson would be able to grasp the 8 - x = 3 type of thing soon after he had turned 6 - I tried it as a game during car journeys and he caught on very quickly.

Jenny.
by chew8
Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:37 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Jim Rose's comments on teaching to the test:
Replies: 23
Views: 3094

Gerry – I am no expert either, but my understanding is that it’s not only logical but also definite that the bell curve would move if reading instruction were improved for all. The movement wouldn’t be obvious, though, unless we (a) kept the same tests (i.e. asked the same questions) and (b) showed ...
by chew8
Mon Feb 13, 2006 10:44 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Jim Rose's comments on teaching to the test:
Replies: 23
Views: 3094

The latest issue of ‘Journal of Research in Reading’ (Vol. 29 No.1, Feb. 2006) quotes the following ‘armchair example’, said to be described by Bishop in ‘Journal of Communication Disorders’ 35, 2002: ‘Height is considered to be a highly heritable characteristic. But if 50% of children were given gr...
by chew8
Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:06 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Jim Rose's comments on teaching to the test:
Replies: 23
Views: 3094

I understand what Gerry and Dick are saying about standardised tests, but I still have a problem with the very hard line that Dick takes. On current standardised reading and spelling tests, the scores in synthetic phonics schools DO basically ‘pile up at the top’ – I just cannot see that Dick is rig...
by chew8
Sat Feb 11, 2006 11:12 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Handing the technical stuff off to ITORF
Replies: 11
Views: 1373

Thanks Roger. I read a fair amount of research and realise that some of it is beyond me, though I always try to get my head round it as well as I can. Reading articles by Johnston and Watson is usually a great relief as they write in a way which is easy for non-researchers to understand. If research...
by chew8
Sat Feb 11, 2006 9:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Handing the technical stuff off to ITORF
Replies: 11
Views: 1373

As Dick knows he and I had quite a lot of correspondence on another board and private correspondence before he joined in the RRF discussion, but I am still puzzled by some of his pronouncements. For example he writes ‘ But look at the methodology. Clack reports only an average, with not a speck of i...
by chew8
Fri Feb 10, 2006 4:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Newsletter 56 Now Available
Replies: 22
Views: 3270

At the very beginning, they DID test vocab., using a test (the British Picture Vocab. Scale) that is widely regarded as a reasonable proxy for IQ. The children who did the synthetic phonics programme first had an average BPVS standard score of 95.2, which is significantly below the population averag...
by chew8
Fri Feb 10, 2006 11:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Newsletter 56 Now Available
Replies: 22
Views: 3270

Yes inded, Ken. The thing which is really infuriating is that these critics talk as though they have results showing that comparable children taught their way definitely perform better on the same comprehension tests, whereas they actually have no such evidence - they haven't administered the tests ...
by chew8
Fri Feb 10, 2006 8:10 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Reflex
Replies: 9
Views: 1498

I don't see Rayner's eye-movement studies as refuting Ehri's and Bob's theories, Dick. Surely Ehri and Bob are saying, with Rayner, that proficient readers process all letters in all words but do it so quickly and efficently that they look as though they are recognising the words as 'sight-words'. I...