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by geraldinecarter
Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Music Lessons
Replies: 4
Views: 2018

Re: Music Lessons

I'd also read this fascinating article. At my children's Brixton Primary in the 80s nearly all 300+ children played an instrument - some of them went no further than recorder (many of the teachers had learned and were able to teach the children). ILEA were incredibly generous with musical instrument...
by geraldinecarter
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Illiteracy will cost global economy $1.2tn in 2015
Replies: 2
Views: 1676

Re: Illiteracy will cost global economy $1.2tn in 2015

Thanks, Jim. This is a very good definition indeed of functional illiteracy.
by geraldinecarter
Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover's daughter and the Y1 phonics screening check
Replies: 3
Views: 1616

Re: Papermover's daughter and the Y1 phonics screening check

That's great and thank you for the feedback.
Remind us of the school strategies??
by geraldinecarter
Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Sir Jim Rose Why Children Fail to Read - new paper
Replies: 0
Views: 1890

Sir Jim Rose Why Children Fail to Read - new paper

The latest from Sir Jim Rose is on the IFERI site Why Children Fail to Read http://www.iferi.org/blog/

Yes - we still have to use this terminology, sadly.

If you haven't seen IFERI yet - it's well worth reading.
by geraldinecarter
Thu May 14, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: A few misconceptions that pervade education
Replies: 0
Views: 1406

A few misconceptions that pervade education

Dianne Murphy - one of the most thoughtful of bloggers - there are many goodies in this lists - particularly articles dealing with Reading Recovery (Dianne Murphy is after all a New Zealander who has been living here for a number of years). Research and articles to clear up a few misconceptions that...
by geraldinecarter
Thu May 14, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Spelfabet: Mixed methods seen through a 5yr old's eyes
Replies: 4
Views: 2144

Re: Spelfabet: Mixed methods seen through a 5yr old's eyes

The first part of Alison's film is absolutely brilliant - but then it all gets a bit rushed - too much information in short space of time?
by geraldinecarter
Sat May 02, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Project X CODE intervention programme
Replies: 4
Views: 2513

Re: Project X CODE intervention programme

Susan Godsland's critique of Project X is well worth revisiting. Following their disastrous results of 3 years ago, Oxford use this programme. Of course some children will improve after getting 'special' attention - but many don't and the millions spent on these word-poor, glossy, confused books is ...
by geraldinecarter
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics Works
Replies: 4
Views: 1637

Re: Phonics Works

That's interesting, Jim. Do you have the link?
by geraldinecarter
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Elizabeth Nonweiller's response to Phonics Check critic
Replies: 1
Views: 944

Elizabeth Nonweiller's response to Phonics Check critic

Mike Lloyd Jones (author of Phonics and the Resistance to Reading - a fantastic book) flagged up Elizabeth's excellent response to yet another critic of the Phonics Check: Becky Morris: Does my five-year-old really need a phonics test? http://www.nottinghampost.com/Becky-Morris-Does-year-old-really-...
by geraldinecarter
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics Check
Replies: 13
Views: 3655

Re: Phonics Check

Vital information, LGP and thanks also to KenM - perhaps this is an area that ResearchEd could advise on?
by geraldinecarter
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Misty Andoniou: What should teachers know about spelling?
Replies: 3
Views: 1830

Re: Misty Andoniou: What should teachers know about spelling?

Yes - I went to his talk. He's a very accomplished and lively speaker. I don't think that there should be a 'should' in respect of spelling. Many programmes, including the one I'm now involved with, teach spelling directly after a body of story decoding/reading - with alphabet code structure - has b...
by geraldinecarter
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Butterfly School
Replies: 8
Views: 2535

Re: Butterfly School

Yes, very good news. And, like Volunteer, I'd love to hear how things are. It would be good to catch up with this wonderful project.
by geraldinecarter
Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Solity's scheme in Oxford left children 'unable to read'
Replies: 8
Views: 2505

Re: Solity's scheme in Oxford left children 'unable to read'

One of my criticisms is that for the ££££ these books provide very little reading practice. They keep children dumbed down and have nothing to do with high aspirations. If you look at the blogs of the Michaela School's six teachers - after only 2 terms - and see their extraordinary high expectations...
by geraldinecarter
Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Solity's scheme in Oxford left children 'unable to read'
Replies: 8
Views: 2505

Re: Solity's scheme in Oxford left children 'unable to read'

Fascinating - thanks to Mao for tweeting the information. Oxfordshire mainly use Arch volunteer readers ' to impart a love of books and reading and developing a valuable mentoring relationship ' for children one-to-one 3 half hours weekly - lots of games etc. v. short training. It does, of course, w...
by geraldinecarter
Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Prof.Willingham's book on reading
Replies: 21
Views: 8995

Re: Prof.Willingham's book on reading

And, before people start writing to say that their particular child isn't able to do this, of course I concede that there are some (a very small percentage of) children out there who have extreme difficulty in isolating individual sounds. The fact is that, with good teaching, almost all children ca...