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by g.carter
Sat Apr 01, 2006 8:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES primary thread- how online staffrooms help teachers
Replies: 8
Views: 1957

What a lovely posting. I've also gained a lot from Debbie and from CharlieMouse's postings and am full of admiration for their hours and hours spent helping to fill a yawning gap.
by g.carter
Sat Apr 01, 2006 8:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Direct Learning SP course
Replies: 4
Views: 873

Am I correct in thinking that the UKLA - formerly the United Kingdom Reading Association - was formed specifically to counteract the arguments for phonics teaching at the time gathering momentum through the publication of 'Why Johnny Can't Read'?
by g.carter
Sat Apr 01, 2006 2:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Phonics before five? Palmer v Jolly
Replies: 8
Views: 1557

Sue Palmer does have a point, in that it's very tough to see 'young' 4 year olds in a fairly formal setting in the care of a tough/rough teacher. I've seen it - though the teacher departed after one term when parents complained. Also have known parents who have been very upset at having to put their...
by g.carter
Fri Mar 31, 2006 3:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Sounds~Write : response to Rose
Replies: 4
Views: 1320

Sounds~Write : response to Rose

The Sounds~Write website has just put up this clear and unambiguous response to Rose. Worth reading, especially for those who don't have time for the whole report.

Another nail in the coffin for Whole Language catch-ups like Reading Recovery ?
by g.carter
Fri Mar 31, 2006 12:31 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Catastrophe' of undergraduates who cannot write ...
Replies: 20
Views: 3163

There is, in one sense. little to add to the postings above. Common sense dictates that the budding little Daisy Ashford at Lesley’s school will become a competent speller – it is only when schools refuse to correct spellings or value only ‘creative’ writing/self-expression, coupled with an everythi...
by g.carter
Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Independent letters :Synthetic Phonics
Replies: 2
Views: 628

Independent letters :Synthetic Phonics

Jenny’s letter . Thanks so much for picking up that point in last week’s leader, Jenny. Was hoping someone would do this! Spotlight on Phonics ‘You welcome the Government’s decision to give priority to the teaching of synthetic phonics, but express concern about "the notion that teachers are being m...
by g.carter
Wed Mar 29, 2006 5:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Catastrophe' of undergraduates who cannot write ...
Replies: 20
Views: 3163

I don't get the analogy at all. Whole language teaching in the 70s/80s and part of the 90s, very little writing, no grammar taught, no spelling etc. = illiteracy, semi-literacy, NOT synthetic phonics. I find it utterly captivating that a little child can feel so free to express themselves phonically...
by g.carter
Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Catastrophe' of undergraduates who cannot write ...
Replies: 20
Views: 3163

Glorious! it will be interesting to see the transition to accuracy and how long it takes for this child to become an accurate speller. The enormous effort put into reading has possibly put spelling on the back burner but Sound System Reading has also been achieving phenomenal results with spelling a...
by g.carter
Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: literacy conference
Replies: 4
Views: 1007

Not yet, Anicka, not even in the UK. If you ask on the Jolly Phonics site I imagine that they would put you in touch with their trainers there - good luck!
by g.carter
Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:18 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES story - illiteracy wiped out
Replies: 9
Views: 1732

No - but this certainly looks a must for investigation. thanks, lesley, for finding this.

Will try and do some sleuthing but can't promise anything.
by g.carter
Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How treasury funds get squandered…
Replies: 5
Views: 1319

How treasury funds get squandered…

I suppose if you took account of all the fall-out from the NLS instructional failure it would easily exceed the $50 million spent by the Los Angeles authority on their particular folly. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why the Treasury announcement of piles more dosh to be chucked at schools left ...
by g.carter
Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:13 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Recovery
Replies: 11
Views: 1860

...you see stories like yours, Judy, on U.S.forums too. Am sorry that Reading Recovery has this bad-effect, on so many children. Are you also keen on thrassy in Wales ?
by g.carter
Sun Mar 26, 2006 8:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Recovery
Replies: 11
Views: 1860

Thanks, Anicka, that's a most interesting perspective. Reading Recovery pretty much withered on the vine here, I think, after loads of money was spent on introducing it into certain areas of the country. But it's about to be resurrected by the government here. I just can't imagine anyone coming init...
by g.carter
Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Sunday Times: Ruth Miskin gives advice on teaching reading
Replies: 5
Views: 2100

Good on you, Ruth. There's a whole army of tutors out there (mainly Orton-Gillingham alas) who middle class parents pay to teach their children to read not realising that synthetic phonics is so much faster, and more logical. Many of the parents who came to me were still reading daily to their child...
by g.carter
Sat Mar 25, 2006 9:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Recovery
Replies: 11
Views: 1860

And there's a bucket load more of this - not that it's recommended Saturday reading but someone, just someone might pass it to influencial think tank with some semblance of sense…. http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~bgrossen/rr.html http://masseynews.massey.ac.nz/1999/press_releases/27-10-99.html http://p...