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by g.carter
Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: OUP 'Songbirds' decodables
Replies: 18
Views: 2690

She's a marvellous writer, Susan - so fingers crossed. Maybe OUP have taken the criticism of ORT on board - they can hardly have ignored it and they did have the nouse to take on Ruth Miskin's scheme.
by g.carter
Mon Feb 27, 2006 6:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What exactly is reading?
Replies: 61
Views: 6746

Exactly, Peter. 1998 was the year!
by g.carter
Mon Feb 27, 2006 12:37 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What exactly is reading?
Replies: 61
Views: 6746

"Some words don't look the same: ache, cake, steak but they rhyme. To teach your child how to rhyme, play a game....." no,no, no - as you say, L, but surely tailor made by the man-the-barracades-no-phonics brigade. Spewed out in a hundred books and articles ... What depresses me, apart from the fact...
by g.carter
Fri Feb 24, 2006 6:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What do you put on IEPs (Individual Education Plans)?
Replies: 11
Views: 1688

This would be a great step forward were all IEPs to be as brief and to the point as those Maizie and ZAC give as examples. I looked at around 50-60 IEPs up to 2004 and without exception they were pointless, puffled up and counterproductive - following the NLS 'strategies'.
by g.carter
Thu Feb 23, 2006 8:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Diane McGuinness comments on the Torgerson Review
Replies: 23
Views: 3604

Ditto, Judy. Perhaps you have to be an engineer to make the link work for you (or me...). Have read the report elsewhere and it is quite stunning - in the true sense of the word. Hope it will be up on rrf soon. No disrespect to Susan's www. dyslexics.org.uk which is a fantastic site and a mine of in...
by g.carter
Thu Feb 23, 2006 8:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Independent Education - letters page
Replies: 2
Views: 784

Independent Education - letters page

Sounding Off - 2 letters were published - Lesley Charlton and Kenm's - thank you! 'Critics of synthetic phonics make much of the "exclusion of other methods of learning to read" but rarely, if ever, elaborate on what these methods are ("Don't bury our children under phonic lessons…"). Current practi...
by g.carter
Thu Feb 23, 2006 9:42 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Flawed Research
Replies: 8
Views: 1354

Interesting information and discussion. Much too early to dream of the Shanklin chalets - but there are some legit. fossils on I of Wight, i think? The Dfes has expanded hugely, spending on 'education' has increased by 45% and the NLS team is already planning its roll out of the post-Rose glossy and...
by g.carter
Thu Feb 23, 2006 12:29 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Accelerated Reading prog. planned for specialist sec.schools
Replies: 6
Views: 1961

Accelerated Reading prog. planned for specialist sec.schools

The Times Education Corresondent, Alexandra Blair, reports that : 'A pioneerng reading programme will be introduced to all 2,500 specialst secondary schools. Renaisssance Learning uses multiple-choice quizzes to engage children in reading books...a cursory google of ldonline + search shows a limited...
by g.carter
Thu Feb 23, 2006 12:05 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Irlen coloured filters for dyslexics - views and opinions?
Replies: 19
Views: 2933

Anna - welcome to the phonics switch! To-day at the optician I heard an interesting story about the effect of coloured overlays. The optician ( late diagnosed dyslexic, member of mensa, failed A level twice, low self-esteem etc.) told me that while at City University she was asked to take part in an...
by g.carter
Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Irlen coloured filters for dyslexics - views and opinions?
Replies: 19
Views: 2933

This is interesting Jenny. I read somewhere that there is some concern about whiteboards - but can't for the life of me remember where I read it.
by g.carter
Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Selection In Schools Fails Most Children
Replies: 5
Views: 1138

Well most European countries have comprehensive schools, don't they? Probably they don't suffer from the sort of paternalistic, patronising dumbing down that (in my neck of the woods) celebrated graffiti-covered walls in the local school - until the school got so bad that they pulled this building d...
by g.carter
Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Mythical Child
Replies: 9
Views: 1483

I saw that depressing article in the Guardian, Jim. Google gives rather little away but S.S. was a comprehensive teacher in Liverpool (wonder if he noticed, cared about, questioned the kind of initial teaching the children sitting at the back of his class had?). "He has also had responsibility for t...
by g.carter
Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:51 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reasons to be cheerful - part 1
Replies: 33
Views: 4058

How civilized to have an analysis of part of a poem, instead of an NLS document Jenny! I had to google for the line you quoted to be reminded that it was from Longfellow (the poem being familiar but not so imprinted on the mind here in the UK) as I couldn't remember who wrote it. The next line is : ...
by g.carter
Sun Feb 19, 2006 8:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Linda Schrock Taylor: When good people do nothing
Replies: 6
Views: 1163

more of an Alf Garnett, or a Peter Hitchens, maybe - but amidst all this brain-bashing counter-propaganda some things did ring true ie : "I am very patient with new teachers, for I know that they have come from teacher colleges where they were not taught how to teach; especially not taught how to te...