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by Judy
Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: SP for ESL children in Hong Kong -study
Replies: 10
Views: 1490

Elizabeth - I've only watched the video once but I thought he used 'grapheme' when I would have expected him to use the word 'correspondence'. Maybe I need to watch it again and listen more carefully but it kind of jarred on me as I was expecting 'correspondence' - but then he'd moved on and I didn'...
by Judy
Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Before and after stories
Replies: 169
Views: 14813

"Silly me! I always thought that it was being in posession of the facts that enabled one to think critically about something."
Good one, Maizie! :smile:
by Judy
Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Chris Woodhead - a new book and shocking news :-(
Replies: 26
Views: 3091

I just hope they won't be influenced by Sweden's policy on home education which makes it practically impossible to do it! :cry:
by Judy
Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:55 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Before and after stories
Replies: 169
Views: 14813

In respect of my opinions I don't expect everyone, or indeed anyone, to necessarily agree with them. I just hope they will think about them and try to understand them. Dave - I, for one, am trying to understand your opinion, which is why I asked you to describe a 'graphemic' approach to contrast wi...
by Judy
Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Before and after stories
Replies: 169
Views: 14813

Dave, I do understand why you don't want to divulge 'snippets' of information about the Soundswrite programme, though obviously it isn't exactly helpful when trying to discuss the merits of your programme over others. But as you and your 'team' are quick to criticise other programmes and have labele...
by Judy
Sun Aug 09, 2009 6:17 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Before and after stories
Replies: 169
Views: 14813

Yes, Dave, I have simplified the situation into a 'simple' comparison of what I understood you to be saying about the difference between the Soundswrite approach and the ''traditional synthetic phonics' approach. :grin: I have obviously misunderstood the difference! A few posts back, you gave an exa...
by Judy
Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Before and after stories
Replies: 169
Views: 14813

Dave - thank you for your explanation. I thought about it a lot but I'm afraid I'm still not clear about the example you give in your response to my 'final point'. I would have given as my example: Seeing the letter 'a' implies saying the sound /a/, /ae/. /ah/ or /o/ Hearing the sound /ae/ implies w...
by Judy
Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Before and after stories
Replies: 169
Views: 14813

Thanks, Dave. There are a couple of other points I'd like to ask you about. You wrote: Sounds~Write, being a phonic programme, starts the very first lesson here by telling the children, "Today we're going to find some different ways to write/spell the sound 'ae'. What sound are we going to work on t...
by Judy
Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:56 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Before and after stories
Replies: 169
Views: 14813

I have been following this thread with increasing bewilderment! It seems to have boiled down to a debate about the merits of Soundswrite as compared to what Dave calls 'traditional synthetic phonics'. But in the absence of data gathered in the same way for both kinds of teaching, it is not actually ...
by Judy
Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:31 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Private Schools
Replies: 23
Views: 2265

BTW, there was no such thing as a TA in those days and no parent-helpers either.
by Judy
Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:28 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Private Schools
Replies: 23
Views: 2265

Derrie - I had a Y5 class for a year and thereafter Y3. The school was a large one - 3 classes per year group, streamed into A, B and C - on the 'rough end' of a council estate that was big enough to have two primary schools. It was so long ago that it's difficult for me to say whether progress was ...
by Judy
Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Private Schools
Replies: 23
Views: 2265

(Nellie Dale, after all, in her class at Wimbledon High had 70 pupils, in the early part of the last century. , My older sisters taught classes of 60 and when I first started teaching, I seemed to have 39 each year - I think they were trying to keep it below 40. So I've never believed that class si...
by Judy
Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The gender gap in another culture
Replies: 10
Views: 1745

In my experience boys are more particular what they read than girls. Whereas girls will read stories that I wrote particularly with boys in mind without seeming to notice, the boys are immediately turned off by anything that seems at all 'girlish'.
by Judy
Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'No to Failure' Final Report
Replies: 93
Views: 8725

Does this mean that those not considered to be 'dyslexic' are lazy and awkward? I can't answer that question, Derrie, as I haven't come across any children who are 'lazy and awkward'! Basically, I do what works and if 'labelling' a child dyslexic encourages patience and a supportive attitude on the...
by Judy
Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'No to Failure' Final Report
Replies: 93
Views: 8725

Derrie - one reason is that parents are less likely to think their children are being lazy or awkward when they fail to learn to read/write as well as their peers. Another is that the visual difficulties can be addressed. I know this is another controversial subject but several of the children I've ...