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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: 3044

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: 5375

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...
by john walker
Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Sue Cowley and speed reading
Replies: 12
Views: 3325

Re: Sue Cowley and speed reading

The problem with many people's understanding of the concept of 'speed reading' is that the question of text density is rarely brought into the equation. Clearly, it is easier to read text that is less dense: i.e. sentences are short; there are few embedded, defining or non-defining relative clauses;...
by john walker
Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 29717

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

Thanks, Jenny.
On the mispronunciations of the 'blow' type, I'm sure you're right. I could have done with asking you before I finished the point. It would be interesting to know how often children do lose a mark for real words such as these.
John
by john walker
Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Cam. Uni to open PS to act as research centre
Replies: 4
Views: 1663

Re: Cam. Uni to open PS to act as research centre

Thanks, Jenny. :smile:
And, Geraldine:
I wonder if you would mind if others (if so minded) would likewise challenge - via Charlie Taylor? The pressure for change needs to be relentless,methinks and needs to be directed, as you have, to the top.
I have no problem with that.
best,
J
by john walker
Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Cam. Uni to open PS to act as research centre
Replies: 4
Views: 1663

Re: Cam. Uni to open PS to act as research centre

I posted this http://literacyblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/the-philistines-are-upon-us.html on my blog yesterday. It makes public my exchange of emails with Charlie Taylor's secretary. [Charlie Taylor is head of the the National College for Teaching and Leadership.] I'm well aware that one shouldn't g...
by john walker
Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:05 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 29717

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

[quote]John who is the 'Ruth' who comments on your blog?/quote
Can't you guess, G? You'd better ask Maizie. She's good at spotting the aliases of a certain individual ;-)
by john walker
Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 29717

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

Hi Debbie, I've just replied, a bit testily I admit, but then such a stupid shoot-from-the-hip piece deserves a bit of a broadside. I also resisted the temptation to draw attention to the misspelling of 'humorous' in the article :roll: I'm sure it was a typo. We'll see if they print it. The Herald i...
by john walker
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 29717

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

Thanks to you Jenny and Lesley for your kind words. The last bit wasn't added as an afterthought. I am really concerned that all the hard work everyone does can be so easily undone by the likes of Rosen, Davis and company. This is a hard fight we're in and we know it. But at least we're not in the p...
by john walker
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:10 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 29717

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

[quote]Re. 'wind': using phonics as a first resort narrows down the number of possibilities to two. How many possibilities would one have to consider if one used context as a first resort?/quote]
Clearly too many for the professor! :lol: :lol:
by john walker
Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 29717

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

Brilliant interview on Radio 4, Debbie! Well done! :grin: My daughter, who was listening with me, said how well you spoke and how clearly you came across. On Davis: she couldn't understand why he should think that phonics doesn't help with comprehension because, as she put it, 'surely you have to be...
by john walker
Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 29717

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

Great news, Debbie! :grin: I'll be tuning in.
I hope it goes well.
John
by john walker
Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why some kids can’t spell and why spelling tests won’t help
Replies: 4
Views: 1789

Re: Why some kids can’t spell and why spelling tests won’t help

We've just had Pale Rider (http://community.tes.co.uk/tom_bennett/ ... laced.aspx), so I don't suppose a reprise of playing Misty for me will do any harm, Susan ;-)
by john walker
Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover again
Replies: 29
Views: 8049

Re: Papermover again

I suppose that, like me, just about everyone who reads Papermover's posting will be very sorry that she is in such a position and furiously annoyed by the complacency of the head. On the big picture, I have to say that I have never put my trust in the powers that be. There is a very simple reason fo...
by john walker
Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: LondonCentreforPedagogy blog: phonics in new NC
Replies: 11
Views: 2521

Re: LondonCentreforPedagogy blog: phonics in new NC

Fortunately, John, I can read for meaning in spite (or because??) of the misspelling!
:lol: Michael Rosen would be pleased!