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by AngusM
Tue May 06, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Are sight words taboo?
Replies: 40
Views: 6390

Jenny: I have been reading Dina Feitelson's marvelous book 'Facts and Fads in Beginning Reading: A cross-language perspective'. She describes how the Germans taught reading in the 1800's. At one point she describes a Viennese SP program in which after two first sounds /m/ and /i/ had been taught, th...
by AngusM
Sat May 03, 2008 9:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading First program ineffective
Replies: 19
Views: 3196

I think SBRR means science-based reading research.
by AngusM
Sat May 03, 2008 6:36 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading First program ineffective
Replies: 19
Views: 3196

I think we're being too judgmental when it comes to Reading First. If Maria Glod (of the Washington Post) says: "schools that use Reading First, which provides grants to improve grade-school reading instruction, scored no better on reading comprehension tests than peers in schools that don't partici...
by AngusM
Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:55 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 10 sounds of 'ea'
Replies: 55
Views: 6533

Jenny: Could it be a question of just gauging accurately the moment at which a child has internalized enough of the Alphabetic Code (GPCs) to be trusted to self-teach? In other words, the moment at which the child is able to 'generalize' the Alphabetic Principle? I think Tom Burkard once told me (an...
by AngusM
Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:28 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 10 sounds of 'ea'
Replies: 55
Views: 6533

Susan: Some people have suggested that 'older' students can benefit from a 'top down' approach - meaning a morphemic and word structure approach. But I'm not sure this necessarily means coding words - which seems to me would have more to do with building early decoding skills. Would it be correct to...
by AngusM
Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:31 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Are sight words taboo?
Replies: 40
Views: 6390

Certainly, in the parts of England I know 'cot' and 'caught' will not rhyme. Neither will 'pot' and 'bought'.
by AngusM
Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:10 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 10 sounds of 'ea'
Replies: 55
Views: 6533

I instinctively tend to agree with Diane McGuinness who quoted Nellie Dale as saying that you should never teach anything that will have to be unlearned later. Occam's Razor also applies: if simpler works equally well - as it does with many SP programs - why bother making life more complicated? How ...
by AngusM
Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:25 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Discussion of a new book
Replies: 48
Views: 6378

One of Linnea Ehrii's graduate students gave a presentation at the NY IDA meetings that I attended last month. I think she was basically testing Perfetti's Lexical Quality Hypothesis: which states that for skilled reading words must be mapped three ways - semantically, phonologically and orthographi...
by AngusM
Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Syllables
Replies: 19
Views: 6082

Rod: GPC stands for Grapheme Phoneme Correspondences. Regarding research into syllabication, I did a little googling recently on this and what I found is currently in the Classic Posts Forum - under "The usefulness of the rules of syllabication'. The most recent study by Linnea Ehri found no benefit...
by AngusM
Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:59 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Core Knowledge Foundation - E.D. Hirsch Jr.
Replies: 38
Views: 4396

Jenny: I must admit I find it hard to understand why Adams talks about the importance of understanding that 'sounds which are paired with letters are one and the same as the sounds of speech' before one can make sense of the Alphabetic Principle. But, isn't that precisely what the Alphabetic Princip...
by AngusM
Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:13 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Core Knowledge Foundation - E.D. Hirsch Jr.
Replies: 38
Views: 4396

Maizie: I think there are two things going on here: 1) Formal education starts later in the US reflecting the "conventional wisdom" that younger children should play and not be burdened with direct instruction which might damage their 'natural' inclinations to learn. Kindergarten starts at 5 years o...
by AngusM
Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Core Knowledge Foundation - E.D. Hirsch Jr.
Replies: 38
Views: 4396

Core Knowledge Foundation - E.D. Hirsch Jr.

I spent three days earlier this month at the International Dyslexia Association Annual NY Meeting. The IDA is pretty much an Orton-Gillingham shop. But this year E. D. Hirsch was the keynote speaker and what he had to say was perhaps not entirely music to their ears! As you know, he is a big fan of ...
by AngusM
Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:13 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New Yorker article
Replies: 1
Views: 598

New Yorker article

I recommend the following interesting article from the New Yorker to you all. It seems to me to touch on much of what we discuss here in this forum. Although it is about a French neuroscientist (Stanislas Dehaene) who is looking for the location of the 'number sense' in the brain, it seems to me tha...
by AngusM
Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:25 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Books
Replies: 2
Views: 1016

Dear Mona: I'm reading the third edition of Dyslexia - Theory & Practice of Instruction (Published by Pro-Ed). It is written by Joanna Uhry and her colleague Diana Clark (since deceased). The first 200 pages or so give a wonderful and well written review of all of the debates concerning reading and ...
by AngusM
Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Advisors' Open Eye challenge - please contribute
Replies: 21
Views: 3100

I agree with Susan Godsland that this is "ALL about stopping the introduction of synthetic phonics teaching and not much else." But, I'd be careful about letting them paint you into the corner of (at least apparently) defending "formal phonics before the age of 5". Because, as Jenny Chew rightly poi...