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by AngusM
Tue May 08, 2007 7:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Sounding Out: Just The Beginning Of Reading
Replies: 26
Views: 3688

Maizie: Hirsch agrees with you - as I do (although based on very little actual experience on my part) - that 'predicting' and 'inferencing' are not necessarily 'skills' which need to be formally taught per se. I guess Hirsch would say that the low US 'comprehension' scores are attributable to poor '...
by AngusM
Tue May 08, 2007 6:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Sounding Out: Just The Beginning Of Reading
Replies: 26
Views: 3688

Jenny Chew says: "If 'Letters and Sounds' is properly used, code-teaching for reading should be pretty well finished within the first two years of school, though code-teaching for spelling will continue long after that. I think this is the way it should be." Is this pretty much the way the Clackmann...
by AngusM
Sat Apr 28, 2007 7:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: SP book by Nelson Thornes
Replies: 2
Views: 1709

Thanks for explaining 'bling' so economically Dick.
by AngusM
Sat Apr 28, 2007 7:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Richard Allington
Replies: 3
Views: 1312

Allington's talk at Bank Street was entitled "What Research really says about Teaching Reading. Getting past the ideological fads." The auditorium was full (about 200) and he was definitely preaching to the choir. There were plenty of nods and murmured assents when Allington (quite frequently) refer...
by AngusM
Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:24 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Richard Allington
Replies: 3
Views: 1312

Richard Allington

I'm off to see Richard Allington give a speech at the Bank Street Graduate College of Education here in NYC on Wednesday. I'm vaguely aware that he is a supporter (or, more accurately, believer in) the Whole Language approach to teaching literacy but not much more.

Does anyone know more?
by AngusM
Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: D-Ed Reckoning: phonics vs WL debate
Replies: 18
Views: 7590

Jim: Thanks for the review of comprehension research and the Matthew Effect. I'm guessing that you are answering here the post I made in the Predicting for Comprehension thread on Hirsch? I read somewhere that only 2% of children who are behind in reading in the 3rd - 4th Grade, ever fully catch up....
by AngusM
Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:21 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: D-Ed Reckoning: phonics vs WL debate
Replies: 18
Views: 7590

I thought Ken DeRosa did a pretty good job in the debate but I did notice that - as Dick points out above (partially paraphrased): 'de Rosa contends that "phonics" applies only to the Basic Code and that the entire Advanced Code is 'irregular'". I'll go back and read the Engelmann DI piece that Dick...
by AngusM
Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:04 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Predicting for Comprehension
Replies: 15
Views: 2376

I've been reading E. D. Hirsch's wonderful new book "The Knowledge Deficit". Maybe his ideas will add something to this thread. He focuses on comprehension because he says that US decoding scores are not bad by international standards in 4th Grade but by 12th Grade US reading (ie comprehension) scor...
by AngusM
Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Academic Language Therapy Association
Replies: 4
Views: 1032

Thanks for the explanations! I have now been a member of the IDA for the past two years and they are indeed very active in NY and elsewhere in the US. I guess they were originally the Orton Dyslexia Society (?). I agree with Susan that they do seem interested in supporting research-based practices -...
by AngusM
Sun Mar 25, 2007 1:15 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Academic Language Therapy Association
Replies: 4
Views: 1032

Academic Language Therapy Association

At the IDA Conference in NY last week I ran into some people from the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) who have a program which they say is based on Orton-Gillingham and what they call multi-sensory techniques. Their approach seemed incredibly complicated (I found it difficult to follow)...
by AngusM
Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:57 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: USA Reading Wars
Replies: 16
Views: 3945

K DeRosa of the D-Ed Reckoning blog comprehensively trashes the so-called Reading First 'scandal' in the US - under "All Smoke and no Fire" here:

http://d-edreckoning.blogspot.com/
by AngusM
Thu Mar 22, 2007 9:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Self Assessment for 'phonics' programmes
Replies: 44
Views: 7313

I take your point about GPC's varying in frequency (and not generalising). Are you saying that the difference between Basic and Advanced Code is simply that the Advanced teaches overlap and spelling alternatives whereas the Basic teaches a single (likely most frequent) correspondence for each phonem...
by AngusM
Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Self Assessment for 'phonics' programmes
Replies: 44
Views: 7313

Jenny: Thanks very much for your extremely clear explanation (below): I think it’s quite reasonable to have a special category for these words. We are not telling children that they are words in which graphemes and phonemes do not correspond – we are just telling them that not all the graphemes and ...
by AngusM
Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:00 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Self Assessment for 'phonics' programmes
Replies: 44
Views: 7313

May I make amends for diluting this thread by returning to the original discussion? (BTW, I included the reference to Ken De Rosa and RR in this thread because I thought it highlighted some of the perils of 'self-assessment'!) Anyway, back on topic - Jenny, are you arguing essentially for grading ph...
by AngusM
Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:42 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Self Assessment for 'phonics' programmes
Replies: 44
Views: 7313

Have you seen KDeRosa's piece about the faulty research behind Reading Recovery at his/her blog (D-Ed Reckoning)? Read it here:

http://d-edreckoning.blogspot.com/index.html