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by john walker
Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food
Replies: 21
Views: 5143

Re: Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food

yvonne meyer wrote:
...They have dyslexia
Which brings us back to the original post and the suggestion that we should have ‘Ministries of Reading’ which we already have - schools!
:lol:
by john walker
Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Free school programme
Replies: 4
Views: 1796

Re: Free school programme

Here's an example of a state school that is doing rather well: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/8341428/Mossbourne-Academy-A-tale-of-high-expectations.-.-.-and-no-excuses.html And, if a school can succeed in Hackney, it ought to be possible pretty much anywhere in the UK. I have to confess a ves...
by john walker
Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Tiger Moms: Is Tough Parenting Really the Answer?
Replies: 1
Views: 823

Re: Tiger Moms: Is Tough Parenting Really the Answer?

Interesting post, Jim. For those on the forum who haven't yet read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, Radio 4's Book of the Week the other week, it's a must. It even managed to figure as a question on Question Time on Radio 4. Chua, a Yale professor, can write! It's just a pity that many o...
by john walker
Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Study: handwriting better for learning than keyboard
Replies: 2
Views: 912

Re: Study: handwriting better for learning than keyboard

Hi Susan, This was also reported in the Telegraph today in an article by Richard Alleyne, which also highlights the importance of repetition and practice. This kind of research would seem to support Diane McGuinness's contention (borrowing from Keith Stanovich) that writing letters helps children to...
by john walker
Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Radio 4: Are ugly fonts more memorable?
Replies: 7
Views: 1893

Re: Radio 4: Are ugly fonts more memorable?

Thanks to Susan G and Palisadesk for looking. The long version on thepsychologist.org wasn't the one I was thinking of but I found the piece interesting nevertheless, especially as I've been reading Just My Type: a book about fonts by Simon Garfield.
John
by john walker
Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:37 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Radio 4: Are ugly fonts more memorable?
Replies: 7
Views: 1893

Re: Radio 4: Are ugly fonts more memorable?

Hi Susan, This is an interesting topic and one the New Scientist covered in a short article last summer. I was going to blog it but can't find the wretched thing. If anyone knows which issue it was in, I'd be grateful to know. In the meantime, as it's come up again, I'll have another trawl through m...
by john walker
Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New decodables: comic books for young adults
Replies: 6
Views: 1675

Re: New decodables: comic books for young adults

Hi Geraldine, 'Danger' would certainly be difficult for anyone working in the Initial/Basic Code, but for pupils working with the Extended Code and with polysyllabic words, it shouldn't be too much trouble. That isn't to say that there aren't plenty of really challenging words in these books. Howeve...
by john walker
Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:05 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dumbing Down
Replies: 4
Views: 1271

Re: Dumbing Down

Alan is dead right! I wish, as I've been trying to persuade him for years, he'd set his sights on analysing what's going on in early years but, as we can see, his mind is bent on 'higher' things, even if he's not looking at the world through rose-tinted windows.
by john walker
Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: English is too hard to read for children
Replies: 18
Views: 5112

Re: English is too hard to read for children

Sorry, Jenny. Ooops! I did mean to say that 'a child can start school if their fourth birthday is on or before September 1st', not 'after'. Thanks for pointing out the error. I'll make the necessary change. However, on the 'letters making sounds' issue, as I was getting fed up with Masha Bell's pers...
by john walker
Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: If 'sh' is a digraph, what is 'g' ?
Replies: 7
Views: 3609

Re: If 'sh' is a digraph, what is 'g' ?

Pete, We, at Sounds-Write, have moved towards being more precise and accessible in the language we use on our courses. In order to make things more transparent and to give teaching practitioners a language that all professionals and most parents can understand, we call graphemes one-letter, two-, th...
by john walker
Wed May 26, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Lack of synthetic phonics in Ireland
Replies: 8
Views: 3591

Re: Lack of synthetic phonics in Ireland

Dear Goodenough,
Sounds-Write (http://www.sounds-write.co.uk) regularly runs trainings in Northern Ireland and, in fact, is hosting a new course in Dungannon from 8th to 11th June. We are also hoping to be able to offer trainings in the Republic sometime after September.
Best wishes,
John Walker
by john walker
Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: CBI DG: Pupils failed by shameful education system
Replies: 34
Views: 10309

Hugo, were you thinking of Viv Edwards' research (1986) on Black British English with a group of young black people in Dudley in which it was found that the presence of a white or black interlocutor affects the type of response? William Labov (1966) and Harold Rosen, the father of Michael, also did ...
by john walker
Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:43 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Times online: Should spelling be inventive?
Replies: 8
Views: 2418

Verely y saie unto you, fouare it mattereth nott if spelinge be ynvented as longe as it can be rede. But wheareunto shal y liken this generacion who can nowise reade nor spele?
After William Tyndale, 1526.
by john walker
Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Reader Gets Angry
Replies: 16
Views: 4126

On JAC's last point, the RRf could provide a forum for teacher trainees to write in and tell us about their experiences, as I'm absolutely convinced that Gabbriela's story is by no means unique.
by john walker
Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Reader Gets Angry
Replies: 16
Views: 4126

I've now had time to read all of 'The Reader Gets Angry' and it's a crushing indictment of some of these PGCE courses, along with some of the teaching going on in secondary schools. No wonder Gabriella was able to mount such an articulate critique; it's not everyone who can enjoy a curriculum based ...