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by john walker
Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:01 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Literacy chaos or smart huckleberries?
Replies: 6
Views: 2483

Literacy chaos or smart huckleberries?

A cracking response from Alison Clarke to yet another academic 'balanced literacy' as against direct instruction: http://www.spelfabet.com.au/blog/ Don't people like Stewart Riddle read the work of fellow Aussie academics (and cognitive psychologists) like John Sweller and John Hattie, who are able ...
by john walker
Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:47 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Debate: Is it time to ditch the Y1 phonics screening test?
Replies: 53
Views: 14310

Re: Debate: Is it time to ditch the Y1 phonics screening test?

Ken is right. I like your suggestions in your previous post, too, Ken :grin: . Comparing teachers and heads and footballers and football managers is actually a false dichotomy, Frances. Football managers (and the support network behind them) analyse to the nth degree everything each individual footb...
by john walker
Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Debate: Is it time to ditch the Y1 phonics screening test?
Replies: 53
Views: 14310

Re: Debate: Is it time to ditch the Y1 phonics screening test?

The danger is not in the phonics check, but in the campaigns of those who try to abolish it.
Too right, Geraldine!
by john walker
Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Debate: Is it time to ditch the Y1 phonics screening test?
Replies: 53
Views: 14310

Re: Debate: Is it time to ditch the Y1 phonics screening test?

Frankly, Frances, if only 29% of the children in your daughter's school passed the screening check, the teachers need a heavy dose of CPD. When taught properly by people who are trained, almost every child can do anything the phonics screening check can throw at them. I've just been speaking at St T...
by john walker
Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted: teaching reading in Stoke-failing children
Replies: 18
Views: 4619

Re: Ofsted: teaching reading in Stoke-failing children

Firstly, well done to Susan for drawing attention to this very important report. It's the detail that is so interesting. And, you're right, Debbie: the report should be read as widely as possible. I get the impression that Ofsted inspectors vary in capability, and that much of the organisation is no...
by john walker
Thu Jun 19, 2014 7:41 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Synthetic Phonic Myths
Replies: 27
Views: 23517

Re: Synthetic Phonic Myths

Teacher (with definition always readily at hand): That word means a handwritten depiction of a person's name by that same person. Student: Ah! Signature! Teacher: That words means a cable railroad. Student: Ah! Of course! Funicular! I just needed to know the meaning to be able to read the word. :lol:
by john walker
Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Synthetic Phonic Myths
Replies: 27
Views: 23517

Re: Synthetic Phonic Myths

Here's another myth I picked up today from someone who asked a question on the Sounds-Write Facebook page: From the Dyslexia Training Institute https://www.facebook.com/dyslexiatraining?fref=photo: Remind the student with dyslexia that our written language is meant to represent meaning, not sound .....
by john walker
Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:45 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Gordon Askew - former DfE phonics adviser welcomes thoughts
Replies: 3
Views: 1258

Re: Gordon Askew - former DfE phonics adviser welcomes thoughts

Thanks for the heads-up on this, Debbie. I like Gordon very much. He is really the only Ofsted inspector I've met who struck me as having an in-depth understanding of what phonics and phonics teaching is all about. Reader, I've followed him! :smile:
by john walker
Tue May 27, 2014 8:28 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen banging on again...in The Telegraph
Replies: 7
Views: 1647

Re: Michael Rosen banging on again...in The Telegraph

Doesn't Rosen know that teaching reading is about far more than children getting lost in a book - it's about children being lost if they cannot lift the words off the page.
:lol:
On learning to read, I think the author has lost the plot!
by john walker
Thu May 15, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Parents-turned-tutors
Replies: 9
Views: 2390

Re: Parents-turned-tutors

Hi Lucy, Firstly, I'll say a couple of things about Sounds-Write. Don't forget that you will always have access to any new resources we put on the disc through the website. You should have been given the log-in and password when you trained. If not, you can always write to me here or at S-W. A numbe...
by john walker
Thu May 01, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Spelling
Replies: 14
Views: 2185

Re: Spelling

As we are all aware, this is an area fraught with problems. Problem 1 is which test do we use. If we use the same test, using the same words, every year, inevitably teachers will teach to the test. This is why I like Dennis Young's Parallel Spelling Test , which allows teachers to use different sets...
by john walker
Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Spelling
Replies: 14
Views: 2185

Re: Spelling

Very interesting, Jenny! The question is then: how would the two sets of results compare with what you might expect/get today?
It would be intriguing to see what would happen if someone were to run the same test. Any takers?
Best,
John
by john walker
Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:11 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Siegfried Engelmann: one of America’s great educators
Replies: 13
Views: 2418

Re: Siegfried Engelmann: one of America’s great educators

Well, Yvonne, you know what Ferguson recommended to his (I think, 18 yr old) son? He suggested that he might want to make his home in Hong Kong, where the rule of law appears to be stronger than it is in the USA!
Now that's putting his money where his mouth is. Mene mene tekel upharsin!
by john walker
Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Siegfried Engelmann: one of America’s great educators
Replies: 13
Views: 2418

Re: Siegfried Engelmann: one of America’s great educators

[quote]If what matters to you is 'top performers', then fine, get the government to set the curriculum, directly instruct students in it and they'll probably come top in league tables. Has being top of league tables had a positive impact on quality of life in Singapore? To some extent. It's made Sin...
by john walker
Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: All Together Now
Replies: 20
Views: 4310

Re: All Together Now

Yes! Hats off to you, Jim, and well done! :grin: I second what Debbie had to say: Wow, Jim - this is absolutely excellent - that is, the article itself, that it was published and the very welcome response. I agree with your view on social integration - and I applaud your constant and consistent effo...