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by Judy
Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Q & A with Torgesen on preventing reading failure
Replies: 20
Views: 2965

Yvonne, it seems perfectly obvious to me, without the need for any formal test, that some of the pupils I teach one-to-one are not seeing the letters/words on the page in the same way as we, who do not have any reading problems, see them. In two cases I mentioned this to their mothers, describing wh...
by Judy
Wed May 27, 2009 11:29 am
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: English books
Replies: 2
Views: 4350

Thank you so much, Susan!

That looks like just what my daughter needs and it will save me a lot of trouble looking for individual books without really knowing what I'm looking for because I'm so out of touch! :oops: :grin:
by Judy
Mon May 25, 2009 5:20 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: English books
Replies: 2
Views: 4350

English books

This may seem like a strange enquiry but I don't really know where else to ask! I've just had a request from my daughter, who lives in Sweden, to recommend some English books for her eldest son's school to purchase. The sort of thing they had in mind was something that would give ideas for writing. ...
by Judy
Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning Speed
Replies: 8
Views: 1246

Susan, do you know whether the lessons at the clinic you mention were weekly or daily and whether the students were being taught the same subjects concurrently in their schools? I would have thought either or both of those factors would make a significant difference to the number of hours of remedia...
by Judy
Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:11 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Giving up on the real strugglers
Replies: 41
Views: 3742

I'm glad you brought this up, Geraldine.

I have, in the past, felt quite intimidated by programmes that claim to remediate strugglers in a matter of weeks. Some of my 'tough cases' take that long to even learn to blend and trying to push them too fast doesn't give results that 'stick'.
by Judy
Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Wales: children's reading not improving
Replies: 3
Views: 655

From skimming the report, it looks as if schools are being encouraged to expect their pupils to 'run before they can walk', ie read with expression and write creatively before they can decode, spell or form letters reliably. This is also the impression I've formed from teaching the 'strugglers'. Som...
by Judy
Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning Speed
Replies: 8
Views: 1246

Hi Melissa In my experience, it gets harder for them as time goes on. I think this is because I only see them once a week at most and they don't do much in between lessons (except at school where some of them are doing Reading Wreck) so they don't really get enough consolidation. However, there does...
by Judy
Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: article on school starting age
Replies: 19
Views: 2784

Just anecdotal, Ken, but a couple of the strugglers I work with have learnt to blend through writing the word, saying the sounds as they write. Also, in the early stages, I find that most of my pupils find spelling easier than reading. A crossover occurs when the spelling begins to involve choosing ...
by Judy
Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:45 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: extensive alphabetic code charts
Replies: 13
Views: 1448

A very useful chart, Noren! However, I have a few queries - 1. In the spellings for /sh/, I couldn't find the 'ss' (mission), si (tension), ti (nation), 'ci' (special) or 'xi' (anxious) spellings. 2. I don't understand why 'che' (niche) and 'sh' (Welsh) are listed under /ch/ instead of /sh/, unless ...
by Judy
Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Nature of "Dyslexia" in Non-English Languages
Replies: 110
Views: 9662

This is, of course, purely anecdotal, but the one thing that is consistent with all the children I've worked with who struggle with reading is that their score on the digit span test (Martin Turner) is very low indeed. (They also find learning times tables and number bonds very difficult indeed.)
by Judy
Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Nature of "Dyslexia" in Non-English Languages
Replies: 110
Views: 9662

We know that pupils have propensity to muddlement of various degrees in our classrooms - and I, too, like this expression - but it really isn't just that small percentage of apparently bright pupils who mysteriously can't seem to read or spell well - there are SO MANY of our pupils with a propensit...
by Judy
Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Questions about the alphabetic code and the schwa sound
Replies: 46
Views: 4617

Rod, I think we are at cross purposes because of the difference between English and American pronunciation!

It wouldn't make any sense at all to my pupils to use the /o/ sound either at the beginning of words like 'along' or at the end of words like panda!
by Judy
Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: The 'guessing' habit
Replies: 1
Views: 2856

The 'guessing' habit

I’ve just found something that helps to eliminate the ‘guessing’ habit and I thought it might be useful to pass it on to anyone who is working with pupils for whom inaccurate reading has become a habit. I have often felt very frustrated that quite a number of children who have reached the stage when...
by Judy
Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Does a split digraph reach across syllables?
Replies: 36
Views: 3538

Peter, it seems to me that a good many of the responses to your query, including mine, mention being flexible, 'tweaking', trying various options etc. I don't know whether this is helpful but it occurs to me from my own experience of teaching strugglers, some of whom have very limited spoken vocabul...
by Judy
Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Questions about the alphabetic code and the schwa sound
Replies: 46
Views: 4617

Peter, For what it's worth, I find the simplest way to approach the 'a' at the end of words such as 'panda, drama, banana, America' etc and at the beginning of very common words such as 'afraid, away, ago, along' etc is to point out that it is pronounced like the word 'a', as in 'a book'. Even my sl...