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by kenm
Fri May 22, 2015 8:49 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fair criticism of SP practitioner theory by Elsiep?
Replies: 17
Views: 7457

Re: Fair criticism of SP practitioner theory by Elsiep?

From a cognitive perspective, the only difference between speaking and reading is that reading is a lot more complex, What evidence do you have for that? A comparison of the development of computer programs for optical character recognition and for spoken language recognition suggest that understan...
by kenm
Thu May 14, 2015 11:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How much should we depend on research?
Replies: 2
Views: 1999

Re: How much should we depend on research?

I often hear people expressing doubt about whether there is enough research into synthetic phonics or whether what there is, is valid..... I came to the conclusion that few people in education, except perhaps some academics, rely only on research to make decisions about how best to teach, and they ...
by kenm
Wed May 13, 2015 8:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fantastic news for phonics that Nick Gibb won his seat! ;-))
Replies: 10
Views: 5041

Re: Fantastic news for phonics that Nick Gibb won his seat! ;-))

I agree with most of these messages, but not this one: They are a load of politicans and they are as bad as each other. They are not as bad as each other. Some are much better than others. Yes. Elections show the party leaders at their worst. To see non-ministerial MPs at their best, watch select c...
by kenm
Fri May 01, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics Works
Replies: 4
Views: 2917

Re: Phonics Works

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0089900 Third, consistent with previous meta-analyses [8], [14], it was found that interventions that were conducted by the study author tend to show higher effect sizes than interventions that were implemented by other conductors. Th...
by kenm
Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics Check
Replies: 13
Views: 5786

Re: Phonics Check

Does anyone know, are the DfE (or anyone else) doing analysis of phonics check down to individual school level of the 611 high scoring schools, and is that data available? See my post half way down this page . I sent a very similar proposal via my MP to the DOE last June, and he forwarded to me the...
by kenm
Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The realities of schools' different phonics provision
Replies: 6
Views: 2448

Re: The realities of schools' different phonics provision

I believe the time is right, overdue in fact, that there was a proper investigation into the differences of phonics provision in our schools .... I found myself wanting to learn a lot more about a Year Two intervention that is being heavily funded by the Government - for example, what is happening ...
by kenm
Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Some Bank Holiday light reading
Replies: 10
Views: 6153

Re: Some Bank Holiday light reading

What I cannot understand is that 'change' frequently means losing subtle distinctions which enrich language. The transformation of 'convince' into a synonym for 'persuade' is a case in point. Is it just that all those Look & Say/Mixed Methods taught children (now adult) never got to read widely eno...
by kenm
Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Some Bank Holiday light reading
Replies: 10
Views: 6153

Re: Some Bank Holiday light reading

What is the best synonym for ‘appreciation’? Desire Disaster Gratitude Relationship Alleviate I would have failed this one: none of my uses for "appreciation" (mostly relating to "to estimate justly" and "to increase in value") are offered. I presume (from consulting my 2009 Chambers dictionary) th...
by kenm
Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: KS2 SATs re-sits Pros and Cons
Replies: 6
Views: 2967

Re: KS2 SATs re-sits Pros and Cons

My worry is a Secondary school would go for an intervention programme like Reading Recovery in Y7, that very few Secondary schools would have staff who know about SSP etc and how to use it to help children across the curriculum. If not given the right sort of intervention and support, nothing will ...
by kenm
Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Brain development in children could be affected by poverty
Replies: 1
Views: 1527

Re: Brain development in children could be affected by poverty

Noble’s lab at Columbia is now planning a major trial to investigate whether giving monthly payments to the poorest families boosts the brain development of their children, by alleviating some of the factors that hamper it. Under the trial, a group of low income mothers from across the US will rece...
by kenm
Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Traditional forms of teaching make a welcome comeback
Replies: 2
Views: 2082

Re: Traditional forms of teaching make a welcome comeback

Elizabeth wrote:Discovery learning could be called 'traditional', as it has been approved in England since the Plowden report of nearly fifty years ago. In my view, more explicit teaching would be progressive.
At that age, Discovery Learning qualifies for the adjective "retrogressive".
by kenm
Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Rise in children passing literacy benchmarks
Replies: 14
Views: 6553

Re: Rise in children passing literacy benchmarks

Thanks Jenny. I read the first part of this paper, had to interrupt reading, and never returned to it, so I missed that interesting result. I don't recall ministers celebrating this connection. Am I overrating its importance?
by kenm
Sat Mar 07, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Rise in children passing literacy benchmarks
Replies: 14
Views: 6553

Re: Rise in children passing literacy benchmarks

Also, Guardian Education journalist Richard Adams noted that Some 99% of pupils who had passed the phonics check in year one went on to meet or exceed the government’s benchmark levels for reading [comprehension] in year two, compared with only a third of pupils who had failed the check – suggestin...
by kenm
Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: DfE paper: Reading: the next steps
Replies: 7
Views: 3769

Re: DfE paper: Reading: the next steps

maizie wrote:Or even 'Jane Austen', Ken!
Thanks! and there was I looking up George Eliot to make sure I had the right number of "l"s and "t"s.
by kenm
Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: DfE paper: Reading: the next steps
Replies: 7
Views: 3769

Re: DfE paper: Reading: the next steps

Good as far as it goes. Two references to funding for training, but no emphasis on the need for it. I would like mandatory attendance on a synthetic phonics training course for the teachers at schools where fewer than 80% of the pupils passed the phonics check. Some evidence of sexism: "The canon of...