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by ealteacher
Wed May 18, 2005 8:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Whole Word and cultural evolution
Replies: 15
Views: 2100

I agree with Brian that the written code is a man made system and to that extent the infant has no inbuilt ability to acquire the written code and has to be taught to do so. I use synthetic phonics and love it because it enables children to read. However, there is I believe an inbuilt ability to acq...
by ealteacher
Mon May 16, 2005 5:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Spelling
Replies: 21
Views: 3553

Thanks for the ideas on this discussion. My secondary students are coming on great as readers but spelling is still a problem. The question for me is not what is the best way to teach spelling but is it a good idea anyway to teach spelling. I am still very swayed by the idea that their time will be ...
by ealteacher
Sun May 15, 2005 5:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: nonsense words again,teenage readers, help please!
Replies: 14
Views: 2350

David thankyou very much for the idea about aliens with nonsense but decodable names. Great idea! I am doing a digital media course and using ideas for illustrating decodable texts on the electronic whiteboard using my new toy - a graphics tablet. This idea will be great to use in this way. thanks P...
by ealteacher
Sun May 15, 2005 11:54 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ideas of good activities for remembering spelling patterns?
Replies: 2
Views: 881

Dear Busychad I am interested what you say about what is the best way to get children spend their time. I teach Ruth Miskin with secondary aged children. They have lost years of reading. Our experience with all the children we teach is that they all have steadily improved their decoding skills. Spel...
by ealteacher
Sun May 15, 2005 11:40 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How Much Do Teachers Need To Know?
Replies: 12
Views: 1803

Dear Guest thankyou very much for taking the time to reply. I am very interested in what you say. I have to make decisions about how my secondary aged students who are being taught the code should spend their time - reading for pleasure and comprehension or spelling instruction and practice. And how...
by ealteacher
Sat May 14, 2005 1:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Developing blending skills
Replies: 7
Views: 1578

Recently I have been trying 'fast-phoneme reading' with my secondary aged kids. this is from the Ruth Miskin Literacy programme. the idea is that once the kids can say the phoneme when they see the grapheme, if they say them correctly and say them fast they will in effect be blending and saying the ...
by ealteacher
Sat May 14, 2005 1:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How Much Do Teachers Need To Know?
Replies: 12
Views: 1803

I agree with what Guest says. And it is sad too when the teaching of spelling figures also in secondary school. It seems to be obvious that strategies which have failed to work through primary school and then into secondary school are probably not worth using. I refuse to help my students when they ...
by ealteacher
Fri May 13, 2005 10:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How Much Do Teachers Need To Know?
Replies: 12
Views: 1803

Maybe good spelling is closely related to number of texts read. To me this seems to be intuitively true. If it is true, then maybe we ought not to use teaching time to teach spelling explicitly but use the time to encourage more reading. Does anybody know of any research which has compared explicit ...
by ealteacher
Mon May 09, 2005 6:04 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Debbie H's response to DfES phonics & Greg Brooks report
Replies: 68
Views: 31784

thankyou Debbie You gave me two reasons to keep including spelling instruction with my classes - first that the kids will get closer to good spelling and second that they will begin to attempt to use more difficult words in their writing. Thanks for the comments. As long as we go on thinking and try...
by ealteacher
Sun May 08, 2005 11:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Debbie H's response to DfES phonics & Greg Brooks report
Replies: 68
Views: 31784

Debbie What bothers me about the teaching of literacy is the underlying definition of literacy itself. The teaching will proceed from a definition of literacy, what it means to be literate and how individuals beome literate. I suspect many teachers never ask themselves these questions. Certainly I w...
by ealteacher
Sun May 08, 2005 9:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Debbie H's response to DfES phonics & Greg Brooks report
Replies: 68
Views: 31784

I have been using Ruth Miskin Literacy for over a year now and love it and have seen it transform kids' ability to access the curriculum. In terms of spelling, however, I still find that children's spelling lags behind their ability to decode. In other words, it works one way beautifully - they can ...
by ealteacher
Sun May 08, 2005 8:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Developing blending skills
Replies: 7
Views: 1578

Dear trafod I use Ruth Miskin with new to Engllish children. Most successful game I play is right at the beginning and very simple. I use a set of 52 alphabet cards - you know the ones - with a and a picture of an apple etcetera. We spread them out on the table and the children unturn two in turn. A...
by ealteacher
Mon May 02, 2005 1:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teaching The Code
Replies: 19
Views: 2840

Dear Jim having said all that, I am now becoming concerned about what happens when my students are code-literate. I think that the child who learns to read early has so many opportunities to process written language and that the students I work with are way behind in this respect. Are your students ...
by ealteacher
Mon May 02, 2005 1:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teaching The Code
Replies: 19
Views: 2840

Dear Jim I too work with older students (secondary age) who have low reading ages. Because there are a lot of them, my major concern has to be to teach as many as possible. We use Ruth Miskin Literacy which is a synthetic phonics programme. the programme itself is progressive and the question of wha...
by ealteacher
Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:04 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: You WHAT?
Replies: 23
Views: 2703

I have to say that although I am totally committed to synthetic phonics as the first step in reading. the comment about adult readers gave me pause for thought. Where does she get this information from is it research based or what is it? I am concerned because I am involved in using SP - RML in seco...