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by Elizabeth
Mon May 18, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New non-fiction decodables by Elizabeth Nonweiler
Replies: 4
Views: 1818

Re: New non-fiction decodables by Elizabeth Nonweiler

I've reread what I wrote to Susan and noticed a mistake! I wrote: Each page has a caption that is likely to be unfamiliar to children and unlikely to be guessed by anyone, even if they can read English easily. I should have written: Each page has a caption that is likely to be unfamiliar to children...
by Elizabeth
Fri May 15, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How much should we depend on research?
Replies: 2
Views: 1148

Re: How much should we depend on research?

Ken wrote Two major problems are the ethics of persisting with a control group that is falling behind the subjects receiving the method under investigation and the possibility of effects that only become evident long after the investigation has finished and been reported. Yes, and there is the probl...
by Elizabeth
Thu May 14, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How much should we depend on research?
Replies: 2
Views: 1148

How much should we depend on research?

I often hear people expressing doubt about whether there is enough research into synthetic phonics or whether what there is, is valid. When I was asked to give a talk about teaching reading for the recent ResearchEd Conferences in London and Leeds, I thought about turning it down. I have not studied...
by Elizabeth
Tue May 12, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fantastic news for phonics that Nick Gibb won his seat! ;-))
Replies: 12
Views: 2916

Re: Fantastic news for phonics that Nick Gibb won his seat! ;-))

Wonderful news! He will keep the government on track.
by Elizabeth
Sun May 10, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fantastic news for phonics that Nick Gibb won his seat! ;-))
Replies: 12
Views: 2916

Re: Fantastic news for phonics that Nick Gibb won his seat! ;-))

I agree with most of these messages, but not this one:
They are a load of politicans and they are as bad as each other.
They are not as bad as each other. Some are much better than others.
by Elizabeth
Sun May 10, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Goswami on 'dyslexia' and D.McGuinness' critique (long)
Replies: 13
Views: 18108

Re: TES: Goswami on 'dyslexia' and D.McGuinness' critique (long)

But we know that children who show signs of difficulty with reading when they are four to six years old, can learn to read by eight if they are given extra help with phonics early and consistently by a well-trained adult using an effective programme that is the same as that used by the rest of the c...
by Elizabeth
Thu May 07, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 160
Views: 62491

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

I have just posted a response.
by Elizabeth
Thu May 07, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 1976: The time is ripe for a corrective shift of purpose.
Replies: 1
Views: 952

1976: The time is ripe for a corrective shift of purpose.

Derek Gillard continues with his remarkable efforts to put together documents about the history of education in England. The latest is about 'The Yellow Book' of 1976. See: http://www.educationengland.org.uk/documents/yellowbook1976/ Already, in 1976, people were worrying about the effects of the ch...
by Elizabeth
Thu May 07, 2015 9:13 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Accelerated Reader
Replies: 6
Views: 2782

Re: Accelerated Reader

It is worth reading a short report on the progress of 9 children using Eddie Carron's 'Literacy Toolbox'. Go to http://realteacher.forumchitchat.com/po ... ?trail=765 and scroll down to the post by 'Senior Member', written yesterday, 6th May 2015.
by Elizabeth
Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Direct Phonics
Replies: 7
Views: 1740

Re: Direct Phonics

Yes, major muddle. Lots of people try to use the word 'phoneme' with no understanding.
by Elizabeth
Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Direct Phonics
Replies: 7
Views: 1740

Re: Direct Phonics

Thanks Debbie.

Their website doesn't look too bad. Please could you tell me what it is that makes them so much worse than the main SSP programmes?
by Elizabeth
Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Direct Phonics
Replies: 7
Views: 1740

Direct Phonics

A headteacher asked me whether or not she should keep the old copies of Direct Phonics materials she found at the back of a cupboard. What do you think?
by Elizabeth
Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Traditional forms of teaching make a welcome comeback
Replies: 2
Views: 1120

Re: Traditional forms of teaching make a welcome comeback

I hope we really do get more explicit teaching, memorisation, mental arithmetic, rote learning and accomplished readers who can focus on meaning as the reading process is automatic. I wish we could get away from the terms, 'traditional' and 'progressive' as they are used in these discussions. Discov...
by Elizabeth
Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Help needed with scope and sequence of SP
Replies: 16
Views: 3124

Re: Help needed with scope and sequence of SP

Debbie has explained Phonics International's scope and sequence and it is easy to see online. Jolly Phonics covers one way of spelling each sound as well as c, k, ck, x, qu and ue (as /yoo/) in the first nine weeks and in the rest of the first year it covers the most common vowel spellings (e.g. ai,...