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by john walker
Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: digraph, trigraph, tetragraphs
Replies: 16
Views: 7616

Re: digraph, trigraph, tetragraphs

A la Tickell, I wouldn't call <eigh> a tetragraph. I'd call it a four-letter spelling, which does 'as it says on the tin' and is accessible to many, if not all, parents. However, the spelling <eigh> is, as you suggest, used mostly to represent the sound /ee/ in names of people and place names.
by john walker
Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:32 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why Our Education System isn't Working
Replies: 13
Views: 5563

Re: Why Our Education System isn't Working

Hi Ken,
You'll find it here: http://kitchentablemath.blogspot.co.uk/
And, as a treat, the latest posting, a tribute to Palisadesk postings! It turns out her skills extend into the domain of the veterinary!
Best,
J
by john walker
Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why Our Education System isn't Working
Replies: 13
Views: 5563

Re: Why Our Education System isn't Working

When I clicked on your link, Geraldine, the piece came up as 'not found'.
However, this one did: http://pragmaticreform.wordpress.com/ and it looks as if there's more good stuff to come over the next few weeks.
J
by john walker
Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Year 1 Phonics screening check
Replies: 21
Views: 10303

Re: Year 1 Phonics screening check

:grin: Nice one, Ken!
by john walker
Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Year 1 Phonics screening check
Replies: 21
Views: 10303

Re: Year 1 Phonics screening check

I've just tried to post a reply to the UKLA survey but wasn't allowed to because I'm not a registered member. This is what I wrote: During the last year, we, at Sounds-Write, have trained over a thousand teaching practitioners. In that time we have not heard a single objection to the phonics screeni...
by john walker
Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Perceptual reading'
Replies: 51
Views: 19707

Re: 'Perceptual reading'

Do you know which issue of the New Scientist, Susan? I keep all the back copies and would like to read it.
by john walker
Sat Mar 23, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ben Goldacre's report on evidence-based education
Replies: 14
Views: 6046

Re: Ben Goldacre's report on evidence-based education

A doctor has written and defended a thesis, so has been assessed on his/her competence to collect and evaluate evidence. I don't get the impression that all UK teachers have that capability. I'd have thought you'd be giving your wholehearted assent to Goldacre's paper, Ken. Other than in small, iso...
by john walker
Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES thread: PM benchmarking, book bands and phase 5 phonics
Replies: 1
Views: 1467

Re: TES thread: PM benchmarking, book bands and phase 5 phonics

I went to the forum with the intention of answering the query but decided that there was nothing to add - you nailed it, Debbie :grin: . Sadly, many teachers are so tightly bound by their own bands, they can't see the chasm between what they are teaching in their phonics lessons and the books they a...
by john walker
Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Sounds~Write training report available to view
Replies: 52
Views: 13871

Re: Sounds~Write training report available to view

Not in the spirit of discord, but 'just saying'; you'd never get the Sounds~Write people to change! They use < > to denote 'sounds' and it would mean a massive rewrite of all their detailed and comprehensive training materials and confusion among S~W trained teachers I agree that it would be helpfu...
by john walker
Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Sounds~Write training report available to view
Replies: 52
Views: 13871

Re: Sounds~Write training report available to view

There is only one Ofsted inspector and he has now seen all the trainings in the catalogue. As I believe that we were one of the first to be inspected, it has fallen to us to be monitored again. The inspector came to see Day 1 and Day 4, on which we teach polysyllabic words and spellings strategies. ...
by john walker
Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Is Poverty Destiny?
Replies: 106
Views: 23635

Re: Is Poverty Destiny?

Just saw this http://gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com/2013 ... t-destiny/ tweeted by Diane Ravitch.
by john walker
Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Improving reading comprehension
Replies: 3
Views: 2193

Re: Improving reading comprehension

Frances, the best thing by a mile I've ever come across on the subject of comprehension instruction is Cathy Collins Block, Linda B. Gambrell and Michael Pressley's Improving Comprehension Instruction (2002). It has everything.
by john walker
Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Philosophy paper: A monstrous regimen of synthetic phonics
Replies: 17
Views: 6888

Re: Philosophy paper: A monstrous regimen of synthetic phonics

You're right, Debbie. No mention of PI by name and, of course, no mention of S-W. But we're used to that, aren't we? I know, it doesn't make it any the less galling sometimes :roll: As a matter of fact, the authors deal with THRASS in chapter 13, though it doesn't come out too well. A study comparin...
by john walker
Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Philosophy paper: A monstrous regimen of synthetic phonics
Replies: 17
Views: 6888

Re: Philosophy paper: A monstrous regimen of synthetic phonics

I don't imagine that Andrew Davis will have it all his own way at Durham. Dr David Waugh, Director of Primary ITT Programmes, has just published Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Primary School with Wendy Jolliffe of Hull University and Angela Carrs, also at Durham. I've just finished chapter...
by john walker
Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Sid naps in a pit: making a din about phonics
Replies: 11
Views: 3963

Re: Sid naps in a pit: making a din about phonics

Hi Debbie, I don't think it would be a good idea for me to go back to the thread given that the person who asked the question was the very one (Northernheckler) whose hackles are likely to rise when they read another comment from me :roll:. It might also invite another intemperate response (from Nh)...