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by Kiki
Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading & Spelling tests for private tutor to use
Replies: 3
Views: 1817

Reading & Spelling tests for private tutor to use

Hi all, I've been a private reading tutor for some years now and up to now have used various diagnostic tests and Schonell and Burt. I would however like to document my students more thoroughly and produce case studies and with Schonell and Burt being VERY old (and showing it) I consider I need read...
by Kiki
Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: UKLA fights back against SP with 'Teaching Reading' booklet
Replies: 42
Views: 10034

Re: UKLA fights back against SP with 'Teaching Reading' booklet

Has anyone invited Mr Rosen to visit a school using systematic synthetic phonics to see what he thinks then?
by Kiki
Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:45 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Shepherds Bush/Chiswick
Replies: 2
Views: 1819

Shepherds Bush/Chiswick

Apologies if this post is inappropriate, however, I have just heard from a friend a very distressing tale of a Y6/10 year old boy ('diagnosed' with dyslexia and ADHD) who lives in the Shepherds Bush/Chiswick area. Very briefly - it seems he can not read at all, not a word. The school is doing nothin...
by Kiki
Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:56 am
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: 6 year old non reader
Replies: 18
Views: 17916

Re: 6 year old non reader

:thumbup: :clap:
by Kiki
Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Banning the spelling tests
Replies: 2
Views: 1296

Re: Banning the spelling tests

Actually, I don't think that articles of this kind are at all helpful or productive. While I agree with a number of the author's more general points, the article reads as a 'right' wing tirade against 'yet another misguided loony left idea'. Articles like this simply serve to polarise the ideologica...
by Kiki
Thu Oct 14, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Early Years Foundation Stage
Replies: 6
Views: 3129

Re: Early Years Foundation Stage

The hardest transition any of my children has ever experienced has been the move from Foundation into Year 1 which has always left me wondering what kind of 'foundation' the school thought they were laying? It would make much more sense if the 'formality' and structure were gently introduced and inc...
by Kiki
Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Waiting For Superman
Replies: 55
Views: 18440

Re: Waiting For Superman

We can theorise that parental expectation of academic achievment which is probably high in Asian families and probably low in Mexican & Black families is more important to student academic success than poverty but that is a theory that we cannot, as yet, prove to a level of certainty. I wonder whet...
by Kiki
Sat Oct 09, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teaching spelling in KS2 and beyond
Replies: 46
Views: 9293

Re: Teaching spelling in KS2 and beyond

For 'The negative impact of seeing misspelled words' see p117-121 in Diane McGuinness's Early Reading Instruction. I think Diane may have been particularly thinking of the method suggested by Reading Reflex/** called, if I remember right "Scratch Sheet Spelling". Students were taught to write out a...
by Kiki
Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:45 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Beginning reading: policy influences England v USA
Replies: 87
Views: 17455

Re: Beginning reading: policy influences England v USA

You have put into words just what I was thinking about the idea of phonics teaching stopping in KS2. It's not that the teaching of correspondences and the basic skills of reading and spelling need to be continued; it is that the principles of SP teaching should continue to inform the way KS2 (and K...
by Kiki
Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: 6 year old non reader
Replies: 18
Views: 17916

Re: 6 year old non reader

Hi Maltesers

Do tell us how you got on, the link you posted was very interesting and I'd love to know if you found the advice helpful.
by Kiki
Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TV tonight BBC2: The Classroom Experiment
Replies: 16
Views: 4060

Re: TV tonight BBC2: The Classroom Experiment

Debbie Hepplewhite wrote:
We have just received an advertising fax for a day's training with Dylan Wiliam presumably on the back of the documentary programmes, and I am really horrified.

The cost is £449 + VAT per day for the first delegate, £429 + VAT for a second delegate.
:wtf:
by Kiki
Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Rose Review
Replies: 1
Views: 1063

Rose Review

Apologies for the 'dumb' question (and probably more to follow) but I've been hiding under a rock for a while! Could people please confirm the status of the Rose Review of the teaching of early reading? Ie. is it a statutory requirement to have implemented all/some recommendations? If so, when shoul...
by Kiki
Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Nonsense spelling test to check hearing
Replies: 1
Views: 5417

Nonsense spelling test to check hearing

It has been noted that my 12 yr old finds it difficult to discriminate between phoenemes. His speech has always sounded a little like he is deaf although the usual childhood hearing tests didn't pick up anything. It strikes me that a nonsense word spelling test could help illustrate the problem ie h...
by Kiki
Thu Dec 08, 2005 8:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What is it most adults do when they come to a new word?
Replies: 34
Views: 9980

How you approach the task of reading a new word will largely depend on how you were taught to read, how long the word is and how bothered you really are to read it. It is also important to realise that just because you or others think you can read well does not mean that you are reading to your full...
by Kiki
Thu Dec 01, 2005 11:14 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Letterland NOT synthetic phonics...is it just me?
Replies: 17
Views: 4693

I know I should wait and read the Letter Land article before adding my ha'penny but I am so often asked about it and have so often warned against it. Children do not all enter the process of learning to read on an equal footing. Some are more ‘vulnerable’ than others My difficulty with Letter Land h...