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by g.carter
Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: A sobering warning re testing from New York
Replies: 11
Views: 1560

Re: A sobering warning re testing from New York

Jenny asks: If the proposed decoding test tests exactly what children are supposed to have been taught in the first 2 years of school, won't it be that 'big step forward'? Absolutely, Jenny. The decoding test proposal is a huge step forward but that means waiting for two years whereas Performance In...
by g.carter
Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:47 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: A sobering warning re testing from New York
Replies: 11
Views: 1560

Re: A sobering warning re testing from New York

Performance Assessment of an instructional method can be extremely effective and less open to corruption than the tests offered by educationalists. It can be aligned to the actual instruction to provide invaluable and pertinent feed-back and can transparently chart the progress of each pupil. You wo...
by g.carter
Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:25 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Mumsnet threads on reading and spelling 3.
Replies: 52
Views: 10741

Re: Mumsnet threads on reading and spelling 3.

As far as twins are concerned, it's not by any means always the class teacher who is responsible for the gap. Two sets of twins I've taught had vastly different abilities (in one case the boys were identical - even their mother very occasionally had difficulty telling them apart), but the third set ...
by g.carter
Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Leeds Uni. Reading List Primary English
Replies: 4
Views: 2071

Re: Leeds Uni. Reading List Primary English

Yes, I think we forget sometimes that one of the functions of reading lists is to promote intellectual rigour. But that's no reason to include Whole Language reading - unless it's set within the context of effective reading instruction.
by g.carter
Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: A sobering warning re testing from New York
Replies: 11
Views: 1560

A sobering warning re testing from New York

For those with an interest in accountability and who grapple with SATs problems, setting the bar for passing the tests too high, and standardized tests,here is a revealing article from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/11/educa ... =education
by g.carter
Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Leeds Uni. Reading List Primary English
Replies: 4
Views: 2071

Re: Leeds Uni. Reading List Primary English

I thought Leeds might be better but there they are: Clay, Dombey, Meek, Wyse and a lot of the usual suspects.Somehow M.J. Adams got in and for a split second: Department for Education and Skills (DfES) (2006) wait for it - not Rose but Excellence and enjoyment : learning and teaching for bilingual c...
by g.carter
Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Winchester Uni. Reading List Early Years Education
Replies: 3
Views: 1780

Re: Winchester Uni. Reading List Early Years Education

Yes - but Dominic is there... I particularly fancied :How Gertrude Teaches her Children: an attempt to help mothers to teach their children ... But, seriously, I thought that the government would hit the ground running on this - if they don't tackle the source of the problem it's going to be an uphi...
by g.carter
Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How did i miss this
Replies: 2
Views: 760

Re: How did i miss this

Thanks, Teejay - it's good to look at this again - even if the then Government's weaselly response makes the heart sink!
by g.carter
Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Waiting For Superman
Replies: 55
Views: 12624

Re: Waiting For Superman

Thanks, Jim for highlighting this and also Susan for a fascinating link -
a goopy groupthink symbiosis
what a quote!

There's also Ken DeRosa's last two posts on D'Ed Reckoning:

http://d-edreckoning.blogspot.com/index.html

No wonder some of us are tearing our hair out ...
by g.carter
Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teaching spelling in KS2 and beyond
Replies: 46
Views: 4686

Re: Teaching spelling in KS2 and beyond

Maizie, I think that scratch-sheet spelling was the one part of the programme that Diane didn't agree with - will check.. There's remarkably little written work done by primary children compared to years ago, I would think. I remember Debbie giving me a sample piece of work of her 6 -year- old class...
by g.carter
Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Discipline
Replies: 33
Views: 3873

Re: Discipline

Signing onto the Daily Mail in order to post a comment i. made me feel my age ii. was like signing away any sense of privacy iii. I hope it was worth it - I imagine these comments get read - and the Guardian to-day picked up the story. My neighbour's daughter in Brixton went to the same school in Ca...
by g.carter
Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What doesn't work Clearinghouse
Replies: 1
Views: 581

Re: What doesn't work Clearinghouse

Thanks Jim - it was interesting and although the set-up is different here there were obvious parallels. It's a pity that the media folk don't absorb the lessons ...
by g.carter
Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teaching spelling in KS2 and beyond
Replies: 46
Views: 4686

Re: Teaching spelling in KS2 and beyond

My education was similar, Ken. Lots of reading, writing essays, and plenty of red corrections. And of course detentions consisting of 'I must not.... ' written out 100 times!
by g.carter
Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Some good news from Ireland
Replies: 2
Views: 744

Re: Some good news from Ireland

That's good news, Goodenough. And I believe that Sue Lloyd's Jolly Phonics trainings in Ireland last week were very well attended ..
by g.carter
Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:29 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teaching spelling in KS2 and beyond
Replies: 46
Views: 4686

Re: Teaching spelling in KS2 and beyond

I'm glad that the Burkard's Apples and Pears has been flagged up. It's very systematic and thorough and has helped in some very thorny situations. And, presumably, once SP is thoroughly established, children will be atuned to listening AND observing and the hope is that it is the 1%-5% who need the ...