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by Elizabeth
Fri Mar 04, 2005 6:58 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The history of whole word reading
Replies: 1
Views: 621

The history of whole word reading

Have any of you read this before? "The first schoolman to seriously challenge what is known today as phonics was Friedrich Gedike, a disciple of Rousseau, director of a well-known gymnasium in Prussia. In 1791 he published the world’s first look/say primer, A Children’s Reader Without the ABC’...
by Elizabeth
Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: involving MP
Replies: 3
Views: 870

Our literacy consultants are doing the same as yours.

Thanks for the link. It looks useful.
by Elizabeth
Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: involving MP
Replies: 3
Views: 870

involving MP

I discussed the teaching of reading both nationally and locally with my MP last Saturday. He promised to write to Ruth Kelly. I asked:  Are local authorities required to promote national strategies? Should they, as stated by the NUT in its report on 'Excellence and Enjoyment' (p.20), "provide in an...
by Elizabeth
Thu Mar 03, 2005 2:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Today Programme piece on synthetic phonics.
Replies: 11
Views: 1538

Thank you, Susan. I'll order that.
by Elizabeth
Wed Mar 02, 2005 5:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Today Programme piece on synthetic phonics.
Replies: 11
Views: 1538

I've been reading 'Early Reading Instruction' by Diane McGuinness and she, like you Susan, doesn't think much of the PIRLS study. There is an appendix with the title, 'How Nations Cheat on International Literacy Studies' (p.349). McGuinness describes how the rules for choosing a target school to rep...
by Elizabeth
Wed Mar 02, 2005 11:43 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Today Programme piece on synthetic phonics.
Replies: 11
Views: 1538

The Guardian

Last letter was from me. I hadn't logged on.

Thanks, Susan, for the link to the Guardian. Although not all poor readers behave badly, I would imagine we all know a disproportionate number of poor readers who do behave badly.
Another reason for a change in government support for the NLS.
by Elizabeth
Fri Feb 25, 2005 3:18 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: "When words fail" Observer article, 20th Feb.
Replies: 1
Views: 803

Re: "When words fail" Observer article, 20th Feb.

More publicity - There's a summary of the Observer article by Geraldine Bedell in this week's edition of 'The Week'. It's in the column headed 'Best articles:Britain' and the headline is 'Our children can't read and we know why.'
by Elizabeth
Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:54 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Update on BBC2 Newsnight programme!
Replies: 17
Views: 2695

Quote from the web page of Newsnight following the programme on 11th February 05: Literacy If you can read this, thank a teacher. But if you can read this and are 10 years old, maybe you should thank a reading method called synthetic phonics. A seven year study in Scotland appears to demonstrate wit...
by Elizabeth
Sun Feb 13, 2005 7:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ideas for Research
Replies: 3
Views: 1040

Thank you, Amanda. Both suggestions are well worth considering.
by Elizabeth
Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:59 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Update on BBC2 Newsnight programme!
Replies: 17
Views: 2695

Having spent the day hearing radio news programmes and getting excited about what might be on Newsnight, my initial reaction to the programme was disappointment. I could tell they had edited out some of the most important parts and I felt for Debbie. However, on balance I think it was brilliant. The...
by Elizabeth
Fri Feb 11, 2005 4:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ideas for Research
Replies: 3
Views: 1040

Ideas for Research

Any suggestions? This week I began a postgraduate course, called ‘Learning, Curriculum and Assessment’, with the Faculty of Education of the Open University. As part of the course, I am asked to choose an area or aspect of a specified curriculum of interest to me, and to analyse and identify the rat...
by Elizabeth
Fri Feb 11, 2005 4:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: BBC article - Sounds 'help pupils with reading'
Replies: 18
Views: 3029

Read today's TES p.15 'MPs warned about reading. Traditional phonics is better than the literacy strategy ...' Also Rhona Johnston's research on Radio 5 this morning.
by Elizabeth
Fri Feb 11, 2005 3:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: *Latest Clackmannanshire study results*
Replies: 2
Views: 864

Re: *Latest Clackmannanshire study results*

Thank you Susan. I have just finished reading the report. Impressive!
by Elizabeth
Thu Feb 03, 2005 3:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Time for DfES/NLS team to bow out?
Replies: 7
Views: 1323

Have other members seen this? The Daily Telegraph Wednesday, December 8, 2004 Why teachers fail to teach reading John Clare Is there one foolproof way of teaching all children to read? And if there is, why haven’t we adopted it? The method that works for all children is teaching them letter sounds f...
by Elizabeth
Tue Feb 01, 2005 10:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Time for DfES/NLS team to bow out?
Replies: 7
Views: 1323

Thank you Elsy and quipg.
Yes, I wrote to the governors about the situation at the end of last term and I handed the letter to the chair of governors. As yet, I've had no response.
I feel very much for the teacher in the appalling case you wrote about.