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by Lesley Drake
Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Rankings boost if children spent a year in pre- school.
Replies: 21
Views: 4255

Re: Rankings boost if children spent a year in pre- school.

Tricolonic parallelism ?

You need to get out more Ken!

Good article thanks Jim.
by Lesley Drake
Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Rankings boost if children spent a year in pre- school.
Replies: 21
Views: 4255

Re: Rankings boost if children spent a year in pre- school.

I'm really bored with this shuffling around of goalposts to suit a redundant argument. 1. Exceeding what is necessary or natural; superfluous. 2. Needlessly wordy or repetitive in expression: a student paper filled with redundant phrases. 3. Of or relating to linguistic redundancy. 4. Chiefly Britis...
by Lesley Drake
Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:04 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Rankings boost if children spent a year in pre- school.
Replies: 21
Views: 4255

Re: Rankings boost if children spent a year in pre- school.

The predisposition to alcoholism is not confined to those living in poverty and therefore makes my point re what elsiep was inferring re genetic v environmental factors.

Poverty might cause more mothers to drink during pregnancy, but not "working class genes."
by Lesley Drake
Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Rankings boost if children spent a year in pre- school.
Replies: 21
Views: 4255

Re: Rankings boost if children spent a year in pre- school.

Perhaps because he knows what he's talking about?
by Lesley Drake
Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Rankings boost if children spent a year in pre- school.
Replies: 21
Views: 4255

Re: Rankings boost if children spent a year in pre- school.

So, the poor are born stupid because it's in their genes? You can't really seriously be saying that so maybe you could have another go. Children affected by foetal alcohol syndrome have been damaged because their mothers drank in pregnancy. There is no foetal alcohol syndrome gene passed on down the...
by Lesley Drake
Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Rankings boost if children spent a year in pre- school.
Replies: 21
Views: 4255

Re: Rankings boost if children spent a year in pre- school.

Just re-read this from the excellent American Educator magazine, which consistently puts the NUT's feeble rag to shame.

http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducato ... ingham.pdf
by Lesley Drake
Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What's going on in Northern Ireland Education?
Replies: 6
Views: 1917

Re: What's going on in Northern Ireland Education?

For four years the 30% learn in an environment that is more sympathetic to intellectual endeavours and are taught by teachers with higher expectations.
Bit of a sweeping generalisation where Comprehensives and Grammar schools are concerned, not to mention those who teach in them.
by Lesley Drake
Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why are authors so woolly and so easily taken in?
Replies: 3
Views: 1807

Why are authors so woolly and so easily taken in?

I ask this because the latest issue of my wonderful union's "The Teacher" magazine contains an interview with Julia Donaldson where she is asked why she too is against the Y1 screening check. "I know, as do all the teachers I've ever met, that different children learn to read in different ways. Some...
by Lesley Drake
Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES thread "Phonics Screening - Testing in Year 2"
Replies: 15
Views: 4758

Re: TES thread "Phonics Screening - Testing in Year 2"

It's the way I tell 'em, Jim!
by Lesley Drake
Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Decoding and Deciphering
Replies: 23
Views: 5176

Re: Decoding and Deciphering

This whole discussion is a waste of brain space in the great order of things. I speak as a class teacher with better things to worry about!
by Lesley Drake
Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Decoding and Deciphering
Replies: 23
Views: 5176

Re: Decoding and Deciphering

Where has all this nonsense come from? We have NEVER had any problems on this message board and in the RRF when talking about decoding in understanding what is meant by it. If children stare at a word in order to recognise it they are using whole language. If they look at the graphemes l to r, activ...
by Lesley Drake
Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Decoding and Deciphering
Replies: 23
Views: 5176

Re: Decoding and Deciphering

"Every written word is code for a spoken word."

No it isn't.

Every written word is representing all the individual sounds which make up the spoken word.
by Lesley Drake
Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES thread "Phonics Screening - Testing in Year 2"
Replies: 15
Views: 4758

Re: TES thread "Phonics Screening - Testing in Year 2"

I think the check shows there is still a long way to go to ensure that all schools teach decoding skills properly. That's the bottom line. If schools did not do well, it is down to their whole school approach on decoding. The list of excuses and red herrings trotted out by types like Rosen and the a...
by Lesley Drake
Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES thread "Phonics Screening - Testing in Year 2"
Replies: 15
Views: 4758

Re: TES thread "Phonics Screening - Testing in Year 2"

Maizie, I think some children didn't look very closely because they thought they knew what the word was, not because they were guessing but because they had become very fluent and only slow down if something doesn't make sense. Maybe they thought some of the words were typos, and their desire to mak...
by Lesley Drake
Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Decoding and Deciphering
Replies: 23
Views: 5176

Re: Decoding and Deciphering

"According to my Oxford English Reference Dictionary, decode means "convert a (coded) message into intelligible language". But if you don't attend to the code the word is made up of, you are not processing it as a code and therefore are not decoding it. I think this is what the OED definition is say...