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by chew8
Thu Jun 02, 2005 4:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dyslexia: A problem of sound, not sight
Replies: 3
Views: 1654

The following may be significant: 'Children need to identify certain sounds that go with spoken words, because they will make it easier for them to learn how to pronounce letters, according to Mark Seidenberg, the study's co-author and a UWM psychology professor. That strikes me as typical of the Am...
by chew8
Thu Jun 02, 2005 4:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Forward Planning...ideas please!
Replies: 16
Views: 2736

No, it seems that they haven't put it out to tender - I don't know why, as that would have been the obvious thing to do. What I have heard, though, is that the government is very serious about getting it right this time. Let's hope that this bodes well.
by chew8
Thu Jun 02, 2005 3:05 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Forward Planning...ideas please!
Replies: 16
Views: 2736

I have heard today, from a very reliable source, that Jim Rose (ex-HMI) will be doing the research recommended by the Select Committee - it's likely to be in the news tomorrow. My source thinks he'll be OK and will listen to the right people. I have also heard from a reliable source that the fact th...
by chew8
Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Forward Planning...ideas please!
Replies: 16
Views: 2736

I actually think that Brian's idea of car stickers is not at all bad! What do others think? Could we cope with the rush? We probably could if we had a simple 2-sides-of-A4 downloadable guide for parents.

Jenny.
by chew8
Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:50 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The South African connection
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Well, well, well! The picture seems to be quite a coherent one.

Jenny.
by chew8
Tue May 31, 2005 11:28 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning styles
Replies: 7
Views: 1053

Learning styles

There's more on learning styles in the education section of today's Guardian.

Jenny.
by chew8
Mon May 30, 2005 9:10 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Re. Newsnight - help, please!
Replies: 0
Views: 836

Re. Newsnight - help, please!

Is there anyone who videoed last Thursday's Newsnight and has facilities for copying the tape? I videoed it but my tape must have been faulty - the vision is fine all the way through, but the sound fades out at the end, just in the vital bit when Ruth and Dominic W. are being interviewed in the stud...
by chew8
Sat May 28, 2005 4:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Wikipedia.org entry for Synthetic Phonics
Replies: 7
Views: 1393

I've had a quick look at this. It's interesting, though I'd have some reservations - e.g. 'ng', 'ow', and 'oi' are conventionally recognised as digraphs and 'igh' as a trigraph. Why is 'ng' listed under 'Irregular vowels' when in fact it always represents a consonant sound? I, personally, don't thin...
by chew8
Sat May 28, 2005 12:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The South African connection
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Jimbo - What you say about S. Africa taking on everything it had missed out on, good and bad, during the years when it was ostracised, fits very closely with my own observations. On my first visit after the fall of the old regime, I found signs that people were thinking that the rest of the world mu...
by chew8
Sat May 28, 2005 9:19 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The South African connection
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

The South African connection

As many of you know, I was brought up in S. Africa and started my teaching career there. I have always felt that the teaching of literacy there was much better, at least until the last 10 years or so, than in most other English-speaking countries. I think that whole-language influences have crept in...
by chew8
Thu May 26, 2005 11:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Watch Newsnight - Thursday 26 May '05
Replies: 12
Views: 2147

Did we all watch? I thought Ruth came over so much better than Dominic. He said that the problem was that the Clackmannanshire research hadn't been published in a peer-reviewed journal aNd then mumbled something about the possibility that there WAS one peer-reviewed study. Well there IS - it was in ...
by chew8
Thu May 26, 2005 11:02 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Happy Reading!
Replies: 8
Views: 1348

Lovely news, Susan.

Jenny.
by chew8
Thu May 26, 2005 10:59 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New Zealand news.
Replies: 10
Views: 2104

Geraldine - Your suggested place for cutting is exactly where I had already cut! Most of the 'snippets' item is taken up with brief quotations from the NZ Herald article, but I had a few line still to fill, and as what I thought was Brian's message was printed out after this, I thought I would inclu...
by chew8
Thu May 26, 2005 7:54 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New Zealand news.
Replies: 10
Views: 2104

I'll try - it will depend on space, as it IS just a space-filler! I'll also need to be sure that it will be properly understood by Newsletter readers who are not regular followers of the messag-eboard.

Jenny.
by chew8
Wed May 25, 2005 10:45 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New Zealand news.
Replies: 10
Views: 2104

Huh - very peculiar! I did a printout at the time in case it came in useful as a Newsletter snippet, and the printout definitely makes it look as though it's from Brian - Lesley's name doesn't appear anywhere! But now that I look again, I can see that the 'B.W.King' probably belongs to the 'simple-m...