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by geraldinecarter
Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Dyslexia Debate returns.
Replies: 39
Views: 10007

Re: The Dyslexia Debate returns.

And Susan flagged up a fascinating map of 'Errors in word reading at the end of first grade, by country (Europe)':

http://www.danielwillingham.com/1/post/ ... tries.html
by geraldinecarter
Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Speak to your baby.
Replies: 13
Views: 3963

Re: Speak to your baby.

Have just read this, Tricia. Extraordinary how closely your family's experiences mirror those of Susan Rvachew. Also Palisadesk used to provide insights into the difference between attitudes here and in N.America. http://developmentalphonologicaldisorders.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/language-input-pove...
by geraldinecarter
Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:57 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What's happening in universities re. SP training?
Replies: 41
Views: 36339

Re: What's happening in universities re. SP training?

She thinks that the fact that ‘th’ can be pronounced as voiced or unvoiced is a big problem. It isn’t – children find it very easy to do this particular ‘tweak’. She also mentions the voicing/non-voicing issue in connection with the ‘s’ in ‘as’, ‘is’, ‘was’/’bus’, ‘pus’, ‘yes’. Again, this is a min...
by geraldinecarter
Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ll year old at Level 1 - help?
Replies: 2
Views: 1498

ll year old at Level 1 - help?

At a special school - drowning in pressure and work i imagine - teachers don't know what to do with 11 year old very disaffected boy who is still at Level 1. They are at a loss to know what to do. It doesn't seem that they'll go down the road of training staff. Any ideas?
by geraldinecarter
Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Cam. Uni to open PS to act as research centre
Replies: 4
Views: 1662

Re: Cam. Uni to open PS to act as research centre

This is perhaps the closest anyone has ever got to a specific pragmatic challenge to the reactionary powers of ITTs - thank you John for that very clear message. I wonder if you would mind if others (if so minded) would likewise challenge - via Charlie Taylor? The pressure for change needs to be rel...
by geraldinecarter
Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:56 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Whole Language analysed by Prof. Hempenstall
Replies: 28
Views: 6465

Re: Whole Language analysed by Prof. Hempenstall

A slightly diversionary point. Adult daughter who is an avid reader and excellent proof reader had great difficulty recently in unglueing sounds when learning about phonemes for decodable readers she was writing. Even after 3 years, she still can't quite grasp that, for instance, 'st' consists of tw...
by geraldinecarter
Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Whole Language analysed by Prof. Hempenstall
Replies: 28
Views: 6465

Re: Whole Language analysed by Prof. Hempenstall

Thanks for flagging this up, Maizie. It is long but Hempenstall is always worth reading and this is a timely reminder of WL - its tentacles still clinging on...
by geraldinecarter
Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Trials of a Secondary School Reading Intervention
Replies: 2
Views: 1404

Re: Trials of a Secondary School Reading Intervention

This is a pitiful result


Should be in red lights - and Debbie's experience is replicated everywhere. Look at Oxford - throwing millions at illogical 'catch-up' programmes and there are still 8-9 year olds who can only read c-v-c words...
by geraldinecarter
Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 29708

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

Thanks Maizie - I'd by-passed this tho I usually read Daisy Christodoulou's blogs. It may be that working with one specific SP approach for the past 7 yrs I see things through their prism but : • Prior knowledge as a prerequisite to effective learning. • Meaningfulness. • The right mix of generaliza...
by geraldinecarter
Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 29708

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

Thanks Maizie - I just came on here to flag up Morag Stuart - good news! I am uneasy that there could be a tendency to 'overdose' on phonics. Both 'overdosing' and ignorance are damaging so it's hard to find the balance. In the 80s, I've known a number of children who had phonics-free education. Thi...
by geraldinecarter
Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 29708

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

Interesting stuff - thanks,all.

John who is the 'Ruth' who comments on your blog? Mind you, she must be intelligent as she can decipher the squiggles which allow comment! The couple of times I've tried to leave a comment have ended in failure - tho the 'code' seems clearer this time.
by geraldinecarter
Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 29708

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

http://educationmediacentre.org/newsreactions/whats-the-harm-in-phonics-experts-differ/ or use the link http://bit.ly/1ftq4K9 Interesting response to Dr Davis' paper from one of his colleagues at Durham. See also the response from Prof Morag Styles, Cambridge and Prof Kathy Sylva, Oxford. Horrifying...
by geraldinecarter
Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 29708

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

Good piece by John Bald starting with the 5 min debate between Dr.Davis and Debbie. Phonics is not, as Dr Davis argues, something to be used "on occasion," but the basis of reading in an alphabetic language. Once this is accepted, we can build the rest. Until it is, we will remain in the morass. htt...
by geraldinecarter
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover again
Replies: 29
Views: 8043

Re: Papermover again

I hate 'advertising' but this is exactly why we created the Mature Reading Instruction readers; 70+ lively, witty stories within strict synthetic phonics' boundaries. 80,000 words, but short stories, incrementally difficult, to help emerging older children and adults understand how the alphabet code...
by geraldinecarter
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:12 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 29708

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

You got a huge amount into the interview, Debbie - well done. And I hardly ever miss the wonderful Eddie Mair - so thank goodness for playback. I'd need to listen to it again but did Andrew Davis insinuate in a roundabout way that some teachers might not be up to it? Why, I wonder, are so many 'educ...