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by Derrie Clark
Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27121

Re: The Politics of Phonics

Derrie and Debbie, are you saying that all is well because, after all, SP is not being taught as intensively as required so not being overemphasised?
No. Once again a fascinating deduction. Were you taught through a whole language approach Toots with lots of emphasis on constructing meaning.
by Derrie Clark
Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27121

Re: The Politics of Phonics

Indeed, just in one class, I am currently following the lack of progress of 6 children where the school is categorically refusing to put in a systematic phonic approach but insisting on a multi-cuing whole language approach. Four of these are lads who will become just a statistic within the tail of ...
by Derrie Clark
Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Recovery - Marie Clay's principles
Replies: 6
Views: 1836

Re: Reading Recovery - Marie Clay's principles

How about this for starters: In contrast to simplistic theories of literacy learning, Reading Recovery is based on a complex theory of literacy processing . Agreed. Rather than basing literacy learning on a prepared curriculum with a teacher-scripted sequence, Reading Recovery procedures are guided ...
by Derrie Clark
Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27121

Re: The Politics of Phonics

'Enjoying' reading is a nice side effect but not essential.
by Derrie Clark
Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27121

Re: The Politics of Phonics

Do you think it is important that children enjoy reading, Jenny?
I'm obviously not Jenny but I wondered if you would be prepared to open up this question to others reading this string?
by Derrie Clark
Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27121

Re: The Politics of Phonics

Interesting deduction. I'm never happy when a child can't read.
by Derrie Clark
Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27121

Re: The Politics of Phonics

This describes the failure of comprehension that occurs when a child decodes inexpertly and fails to recognise the word. All the more important, then, that teachers support comprehension at this stage, in which not only individual words but whole sentences and passages can be delivered by the child...
by Derrie Clark
Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27121

Re: The Politics of Phonics

Am I alone in thinking that this is as it should be? No, you are not. They will of course need help to understand new words that they have decoded (but could never guess at by the very fact those words are not in their vocabulary), in the same way they will need to be helped to understand new words...
by Derrie Clark
Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27121

Re: The Politics of Phonics

I'd genuinely be really interested to know if Viv Edwards understands the English alphabet code.
by Derrie Clark
Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27121

Re: The Politics of Phonics

However, the inference is the same - that spending time teaching children to decode well is likely harm their comprehension skills. Yes, Elizabeth, I don't think you can help but reach that conclusion listening to this presentation. I was astonished that nobody challenged her on many of the points ...
by Derrie Clark
Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How young is too young?
Replies: 41
Views: 6197

Re: How young is too young?

In a local school in an area of significant deprivation the HT has been brave enough to reduce class sizes to 17. I continually wonder how teachers are supposed to teach 30+ many with delayed speech, language and communication skills, particularly in KS1. Private schools and the parents who send the...
by Derrie Clark
Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How young is too young?
Replies: 41
Views: 6197

Re: How young is too young?

'Love' is always relevant Toots.
by Derrie Clark
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dyslexia spells trouble with writing.
Replies: 1
Views: 980

Re: Dyslexia spells trouble with writing.

And what is their defintion of 'dyslexia'? How did they select the children for their research study? I have just started tutoring a Year 8 girl who has very delayed literacy skills. She told me when she was at primary school they did a dyslexia assessment which found she wasn't dyslexic and she fel...
by Derrie Clark
Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:22 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Different perspectives on the education system in Britain
Replies: 2
Views: 1064

Re: Different perspectives on the education system in Britain

I don't know why ... but the newspaper industry comes to mind?
by Derrie Clark
Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen on Radio 4 this morning
Replies: 2
Views: 1480

Michael Rosen on Radio 4 this morning

Michael Rosen has written a book about the history of the alphabet. Did anyone else hear the extract? I wonder if it has assisted his understanding of the way that a letter/groups of letters represent sounds?