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by Elizabeth
Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading: a Teacher’s Epiphany
Replies: 6
Views: 1846

Re: Reading: a Teacher’s Epiphany

Yes, it is an important message to get across - that a child with a low IQ can be taught to read, with effective instruction.
by Elizabeth
Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Governments and Synthetic Phonics
Replies: 0
Views: 1216

Governments and Synthetic Phonics

I have been asked for a list of countries where the government is officially implementing synthetic phonics teaching in all state-maintained primary schools. I know about a few: In England synthetic phonics teaching principles are in the National Curriculum. In Nigeria the government is officially s...
by Elizabeth
Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading: a Teacher’s Epiphany
Replies: 6
Views: 1846

Re: Reading: a Teacher’s Epiphany

I watched some of the videos. It is interesting to learn how the American approach is the same as the English approach and how it is different. I am talking about the approach used by Americans who understand that you teach reading by teaching how letters represent sounds, not those who encourage gu...
by Elizabeth
Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Room to Read
Replies: 2
Views: 955

Re: Room to Read

Thank you Ken - very useful.
by Elizabeth
Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:13 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Room to Read
Replies: 2
Views: 955

Room to Read

Room to Read is a charity that seeks to improve literacy around the world. It is based in the USA. They build libraries, develop and publish books and train teachers. This is from their website at http://www.roomtoread.org . http://www.roomtoread.org/TeacherTraining Room to Read’s Literacy Program p...
by Elizabeth
Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Best Method for those with Down's Syndrome
Replies: 2
Views: 1264

Best Method for those with Down's Syndrome

Last week I met someone who is involved in literacy with children with Down's Syndrome. We had an interesting conversation about the best way to teach these children to read. She suggested that research shows that whole word teaching is best. I told her that I did not have direct experience or know ...
by Elizabeth
Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 160
Views: 62540

Re: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children

Reading comprehension and writing composition. Someone else may give you more detail.
by Elizabeth
Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 160
Views: 62540

Re: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children

Although this is a small group, the implications of the results are important. I hope the comparisons will be duplicated in other schools.
by Elizabeth
Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted purges 1,200 'not good enough' inspectors
Replies: 5
Views: 2128

Re: Ofsted purges 1,200 'not good enough' inspectors

But at least they won't appear to anyone who has not searched for them - will they?
by Elizabeth
Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:07 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Schools 'ignore bad behaviour' to fool Ofsted inspectors
Replies: 13
Views: 3782

Re: Schools 'ignore bad behaviour' to fool Ofsted inspectors

I think Tom will help to improve things. He has the right experience and his comments ring true with me.
by Elizabeth
Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted purges 1,200 'not good enough' inspectors
Replies: 5
Views: 2128

Re: Ofsted purges 1,200 'not good enough' inspectors

This may be very good news or it may not be. It depends which people go and which stay. I wonder if it will have any effect on the people who refused to get rid of the films of poor phonics lessons, labelled "outstanding practice", on their website. https://teachingbattleground.wordpress.com/2013/06...
by Elizabeth
Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 160
Views: 62540

Re: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children

Here's what I wrote: Hi Tim I am enthusiastic about the Phonics Check, because I am convinced it is doing good and improving the teaching of reading. However, I agree that teaching children to read nonsense words is not a good use of time. They should be taught to read real words. I do think asking ...
by Elizabeth
Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 160
Views: 62540

Re: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children

I have written a response.
by Elizabeth
Thu May 21, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New non-fiction decodables by Elizabeth Nonweiler
Replies: 4
Views: 1821

Re: New non-fiction decodables by Elizabeth Nonweiler

The books are meant for consolidation after all the correspondences in them have been taught. They are not meant to follow the progression of any one programme. They are divided into two levels. Level 1 correspondences nearly match the correspondences in Section 1 of the Phonics Check and Level 2 co...