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by JAC
Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:55 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Perceptual reading'
Replies: 51
Views: 17117

Re: 'Perceptual reading'

There are several reports from schools using the Literacy Toolbox to great effect. The only way I can explain this to myself is that whilst children can learn to read without phonics instruction of any great merit from school (that is not to say they might be getting it elsewhere) the toolbox provid...
by JAC
Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:32 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: It’s the Students, Stupid
Replies: 23
Views: 3939

Re: It’s the Students, Stupid

http://www.amazon.com/Doug-Lemov/e/B002ZC7PI6

Doug Lemov's books, 'Teach Like a Champion' and 'Practice Perfect' are good for teachers wanting to do better!
by JAC
Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: It’s the Students, Stupid
Replies: 23
Views: 3939

Re: It’s the Students, Stupid

How come some teachers can control a class and others can't? In my experience and opinion there are a couple of significant things about class 'control or 'behaviour management'. The most significant - for me anyway - is how familiar and practised I am with the material and the lesson. This year I h...
by JAC
Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Sitting in rows is best
Replies: 32
Views: 11737

Re: Sitting in rows is best

The conclusion is important, but, and a huge but, is that moving furniture around for maximum effectiveness is a pain. I speak from bitter experience of being a support teacher where I have to fit into existing arrangements! And working - usually with the lower progress children - it is absolutely a...
by JAC
Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:31 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: RRF Super links updated
Replies: 4
Views: 1918

Re: RRF Super links updated

Thanks Susan.
by JAC
Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:23 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: PIRLS Australia 22nd in Reading
Replies: 7
Views: 2601

Re: PIRLS Australia 22nd in Reading

....Expect that Gillard will use the latest test results to argue why the commonwealth government must continue to take control of education and why her "national crusade" is the best way to raise standards I just have to let you know, however, Kevin Donnelly is a Liberal so cannot resist a dig at ...
by JAC
Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 70551

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

if I've understood correctly, proponents of SP advocate children learning to discriminate between phonemes in spoken words first, before being introduced to graphemes. Then the phoneme-grapheme link is established and this is followed by reading words and then sentences. I think you will find there...
by JAC
Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Aus. news: WA schools fail to use phonics
Replies: 6
Views: 1997

Re: Aus. news: WA schools fail to use phonics

Thanks Ken, I thought you might be the one with the answer :smile:
by JAC
Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Aus. news: WA schools fail to use phonics
Replies: 6
Views: 1997

Re: Aus. news: WA schools fail to use phonics

Here is the link to the parliamentary report. Sorry, wish I knew how to do thing that makes it shorter!

http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/Parliam ... nature.pdf
by JAC
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:54 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 70551

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

... But they will have different rates of learning due to maturity, listening skills, concentration, understanding, anticipation etc. You have excluded a vital element - different rates of instruction. :smile: And yes, you gotta allow for lifelong learning - still learning to decode on your death be...
by JAC
Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 70551

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

And just how 'standardised' is the check? So far I have only come across discussion of raw scores. Will these scores be standardised by considering the backgrounds, baseline levels, needs and circumstances of schools and pupils? Those things you mention, Toots, background, baseline levels etc, are ...
by JAC
Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics blog: Word Guessing
Replies: 30
Views: 5597

Re: Phonics blog: Word Guessing

And how do you know they do anything different when they read to themselves? Of course, you don't.
by JAC
Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics blog: Word Guessing
Replies: 30
Views: 5597

Re: Phonics blog: Word Guessing

J AC, correct guesses are distinguishable from incorrect guesses, in most cases, through the application of common sense. ..and sometimes, children fail to use any common sense at all. I hear this daily with the poor readers, when what they 'read' makes no sense at all, because they have appeared to...
by JAC
Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics blog: Word Guessing
Replies: 30
Views: 5597

Re: Phonics blog: Word Guessing

Volunteer - I gave Toots a similar kind of example to the one you did on the other thread - the nitty gritty of what a teacher says in a very particular situation matters. Children are capable of learning a course of action from one example, and once you allow 'guessing' as a credible option, many w...