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by john walker
Sun Apr 05, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Nick Gibb's speech to the RRF conference
Replies: 6
Views: 2641

Re: Nick Gibb's speech to the RRF conference

Dick Schutz :smile: is presently hotly engage in debate on this forum:
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by john walker
Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: RRF conference this Saturday
Replies: 9
Views: 3253

Re: RRF conference this Saturday

On Saturday at the conference, my Bose headphones dropped out of my rucksack, probably in the dining area, though it could have been in the auditorium. Apparently, someone made an announcement asking if anyone had lost them when I wasn't in the room. Does anyone have any knowledge of their whereabou...
by john walker
Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Nick Gibb's speech to the RRF conference
Replies: 6
Views: 2641

Re: Nick Gibb's speech to the RRF conference

I've just replied to Ms Downs.
by john walker
Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Interesting follow-up
Replies: 8
Views: 2281

Re: Interesting follow-up

Well done to you, Jenny. Jim is absolutely right about the 'little successes', about how important they are and the difference they can make to children's lives.
And, as you intimate, what a wonderful feeling of satisfaction it brings to have contributed to making that difference! :smile:
by john walker
Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Prof.Willingham's book on reading
Replies: 21
Views: 10083

Re: Prof.Willingham's book on reading

So, now, several hours later, I've bought the paper and read the piece :smile: . What does Daniel Willingham have to say? Basically, that phonics is 'just one part of learning to read', that, in terms of balance, 'if the English language block of teaching is between 90 and 120 minutes, [he'd] hope t...
by john walker
Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Prof.Willingham's book on reading
Replies: 21
Views: 10083

Re: Prof.Willingham's book on reading

I haven't read the 'taster' to Willingham's book in this week's TES yet and I'm looking forward to going out later and seeing if I can find a copy. However, if the above quotation is anything to go by, we might have another case of an renowned expert in one field laying claim to expertise in another...
by john walker
Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Prof.Willingham's book on reading
Replies: 21
Views: 10083

Re: Prof.Willingham's book on reading

I have to say that I agree with Jenny (Cartwheel). Cognitive psychologists like Daniel Willingham and John Hattie, for whom I have the utmost respect, - that sounds rather cliched but I learn so much from their writing! -, are superb in the ways that they mediate important research, such as John Swe...
by john walker
Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:25 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 18536

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

Hi Papermover! All you need to remember is that teaching children to read and spell so that everything they encounter in their schooling is accessible is neither right-wing nor left-wing. It is just simply the right (no pun intended) thing to do. Oh, yes, and just look behind you to take a peek at y...
by john walker
Sun Oct 26, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 18536

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

Good post, Debbie! :grin:
by john walker
Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:00 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 18536

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

Funnily enough, some of our Sounds~Write trainers have been wondering aloud whether we should continue to talk about 'onset and rime' in the very explicit way in which we deal with it on our courses. This has been because the trainers have been encountering blank looks from trainees when the subject...
by john walker
Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted: teaching reading in Stoke-failing children
Replies: 18
Views: 5564

Re: Ofsted: teaching reading in Stoke-failing children

Let's be honest about it, many of the inspectors haven't a clue (You're right, Ken!) about how to teach reading and spelling in the early years. It's now eight years since the Rose Review was published and it's abundantly clear that many of the primary inspectorate have either not read it or have si...
by john walker
Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:23 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reshuffle: Gove moved and Nick Gibb reinstated
Replies: 12
Views: 3700

Re: Reshuffle: Gove moved and Nick Gibb reinstated

Oh well, I shouldn't joke but Peal's book rings so true to me. At first, I didn't realise how young he is and thought that much of his writing must have come from experience. I taught right across the educational spectrum from the end of sixties all the way through to, well, now and I thought he pre...
by john walker
Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:22 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reshuffle: Gove moved and Nick Gibb reinstated
Replies: 12
Views: 3700

Re: Reshuffle: Gove moved and Nick Gibb reinstated

Thanks for this, Susan. :grin: I missed Debbie's post - I've been training and haven't had much time - and will have a look. Peal is a superb writer, though with a starred first in history it's not surprising. Nevertheless, he's very modest and is punctilious about acknowledging his sources. For tho...
by john walker
Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reshuffle: Gove moved and Nick Gibb reinstated
Replies: 12
Views: 3700

Re: Reshuffle: Gove moved and Nick Gibb reinstated

I'm surprised that no-one has commented on Michael Gove's sacking. I replied to Philip Collins's piece 'Sack your most dynamic minister? Pathetic' in The Times as follows: Terrific piece, Philip Collins! As you say, moving Michael Gove will not induce teachers to vote Tory at the next election. Came...
by john walker
Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Master teachers' set to be new classroom elite
Replies: 17
Views: 4870

Re: 'Master teachers' set to be new classroom elite

Thanks to Jenny and Ken! On your question, Ken: I don't know offhand, though I'm sure Susan, Jenny or one of the RRF Exec will have a good idea of national figures. Interestingly, though I mentioned St Thomas Aquinas's latest results, St George's C. of E. in Wandsworth is the second most deprived in...