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by Derrie Clark
Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: new DfE funded mumbo-jumbo to aid literacy
Replies: 32
Views: 10342

Re: TES: new DfE funded mumbo-jumbo to aid literacy

Just a couple of reflections on CEM Conference that Maggie and I attended. A fundamental flaw in the CEM is that they cannot consider research using commercial phonic programmes, yet they can continue to consider 'research' implementing Reading Recovery. At the recent conference a speaker assured us...
by Derrie Clark
Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Parenting Skills and Literacy Problems
Replies: 4
Views: 2145

Re: Parenting Skills and Literacy Problems

So what is good parenting?
by Derrie Clark
Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted
Replies: 17
Views: 5247

Re: Ofsted

While there are many brilliant TAs, the standard of literacy and understanding of some is worrying, particularly when we consider they are modelling the learning for the neediest of children (and frequently in charge of the learning). Why should these children not have equitable access to well train...
by Derrie Clark
Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted
Replies: 17
Views: 5247

Re: Ofsted

It's astonishing. I think if schools can get it right for the weakest children they can get it right for everybody yet there seems to be little attention paid to the progress of children with significantly delayed skills. How can it be OK for a child in KS2 to have a few minutes' phonics two or thr...
by Derrie Clark
Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted
Replies: 17
Views: 5247

Re: Ofsted

I continue to be amazed at the number of schools that receive good, and occasionally outstanding, who fail to teach children to read because of the mixed methods and whole language reading schemes. No systematic phonics, nor understanding of what this looks like and whole language books sent home as...
by Derrie Clark
Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: So how is reading taught in 2014?
Replies: 13
Views: 3695

Re: So how is reading taught in 2014?

When they have finished reading a section/ book, ask them to
re-tell you about it in their own
Don't you just love the optimism though.
by Derrie Clark
Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:22 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: All Together Now
Replies: 20
Views: 4907

Re: All Together Now

Excellent stuff indeed Jim. Thank you for sharing it. Such an important issue that needs to be kept in awareness. Unfortunately, the people who benefit from segregation do not want to see change.
by Derrie Clark
Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Sue Cowley and speed reading
Replies: 12
Views: 3164

Re: Sue Cowley and speed reading

I shall have to get old Frank out again for some light bedtime reading!
Well at least you won't have any problems dropping off.
by Derrie Clark
Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Guardian live discussion of literacy tomorrow
Replies: 2
Views: 1471

Re: Guardian live discussion of literacy tomorrow

Yes, I think this is the one where John Walker was invited to be on the 'expert' panel. :smile:
by Derrie Clark
Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Dyslexia Debate returns.
Replies: 39
Views: 9261

Re: The Dyslexia Debate returns.

I was part of a working party writing the 'dyslexia' policy for the Local Authority. Despite my best efforts they insisted on using the term in the document. I suggested a link to Susan's website at the end of the policy. I don't know if this has happened.
by Derrie Clark
Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Defending whole language
Replies: 0
Views: 2022

Defending whole language

Have been working hard to find examples in the litature of the efficacy of whole language. Thought this was interesting (although very outdated). from http://www.esoluk.co.uk/beginners/docs/defending_whole_language_Krashen.pdf To support such a claim, one would have to show that there are substantia...
by Derrie Clark
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What's happening in universities re. SP training?
Replies: 41
Views: 31930

Re: What's happening in universities re. SP training?

I have emailed her. I think this is the usual confusion between traditional/analytic phonics with its rules and learning the written alphabet rather than the synthetic phonic approach and its focus on the link between phoneme and grapheme. So many adults just do not understand how the alphabet code ...
by Derrie Clark
Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Old Andrew' blogs: Phonics Denialism and Rational Debate
Replies: 73
Views: 12644

Re: 'Old Andrew' blogs: Phonics Denialism and Rational Debate

PJay, We have to allow teachers to modify programmes in the light of their knowledge of their own pupils. Yes, as long as it is also in the light of their (the teachers') knowledge of the writing system. Toots, Unfortunately any further thinking on the issue of reading instruction is resisted by tho...
by Derrie Clark
Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: We can't teach students to love reading.
Replies: 6
Views: 1724

Re: We can't teach students to love reading.

Does this help to teach students to love reading? (From a running record / miscue analysis - M=meaning; S=syntax; V=grapho-phonic): Answers I went to the store - pupils says 'mall' - with my friends. Is he using: M - yes (could make sense) S - yes (both are nouns) V - no (no attempt to 'sound out' t...
by Derrie Clark
Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Computer modelling 'Self Teaching Hypothesis'
Replies: 43
Views: 6650

Re: Computer modelling 'Self Teaching Hypothesis'

I am not a champion of whole word or Goodman or whatever; this belief that if you are not SP you must be 'whole language' is plain silly. I personally hold no (known) beliefs about you Toots, or that 'you' (meaning the wider used 'you') have to be whole language if you are not SP (although I would ...