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by geraldinecarter
Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Mind-maps ineffective for memorising knowledge
Replies: 2
Views: 591

Re: Mind-maps ineffective for memorising knowledge

An interesting post, Hugo. Thank you.
by geraldinecarter
Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Where the Achievement Gap is Born
Replies: 136
Views: 24528

Re: Where the Achievement Gap is Born

Slightly O.T. I cannot understand why Sure Start has to encompass middle class children. If funds were properly targeted at the most needy children, then a focus on providing high-quality training and decent pay for everyone working in this vital section could be a priority. I know that the Guardian...
by geraldinecarter
Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Cost of Decodable Books
Replies: 1
Views: 590

Cost of Decodable Books

Comment from Mumsnet from parent in France whose child is learning to read in both languages: I have found English phonics decodable books shockingly expensive - I had to buy my own series, since DD is being taught to read in French at her French school. However, I also had to buy her French fully d...
by geraldinecarter
Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:44 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted report: Removing barriers to literacy
Replies: 24
Views: 3612

Re: Ofsted report: Removing barriers to literacy

Derrie - it's actually very useful to have the names of programmes. Going into detail, at this stage, of each programmes architecture could be complex and could put many people off reading the report at all. Much further along the line, there's room for an in-depth look at replicability, reading flu...
by geraldinecarter
Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted report: Removing barriers to literacy
Replies: 24
Views: 3612

Re: Ofsted report: Removing barriers to literacy

Yes, thank you, Jenny - much appreciated. Scanning through Susan's extracts (thank you for these) I didn't see mention of Reading Rec. Have I missed this? On the whole though, a big improvement in Ofsted reporting. I hope all their inspection reports in future will specify which programme is being u...
by geraldinecarter
Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Looking for advice re adult learner
Replies: 10
Views: 1550

Re: Looking for advice re adult learner

It's an interesting pov Hugo. But surely struggling older readers do have 'language' experience - albeit limited, as extended language experience comes through reading. It's lack of understanding of how the alphabetic code works that seems to be crucial for these students. You've only got to look at...
by geraldinecarter
Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Steiner ed. in N. Norfolk' blog posting on using phonics
Replies: 2
Views: 562

Re: 'Steiner ed. in N. Norfolk' blog posting on using phonics

Interesting comments these - they need unravelling a bit though. I wonder how aware is the retired Steiner teacher - obviously an intelligent man - about the percentage of children at Steiner schools who have to seek outside help in order to learn to read? The decoding check for children at the end ...
by geraldinecarter
Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Mumsnet threads on reading and spelling 3.
Replies: 55
Views: 10428

Re: Mumsnet threads on reading and spelling 3.

Almost all the phonics topics on Mumsnet are a real eye-opener concernikng the chaos in schools re beginning reading instruction. This recent one is particularly revealing: http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/primary/1128519-Bit-conused-about-this-whole-reading-thing-reception-year If I were in the Gov. I'd...
by geraldinecarter
Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Scotland: 'Literacy is a right and a responsibility'
Replies: 1
Views: 506

Re: Scotland: 'Literacy is a right and a responsibility'

Interestingly, it is some left-leaning politicians such as Wendy Alexander and Margo McDonald who are big supporters of synthetic phonics teaching.

One has to dig pretty deep to find a similar commitment from left-of-centre politicians in England.
by geraldinecarter
Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Radio 4: Are ugly fonts more memorable?
Replies: 7
Views: 1035

Re: Radio 4: Are ugly fonts more memorable?

This was delicious - thanks, Susan, for the link. It rang bells as it appears to be the child's effort - within safe systematic SP bounds - that is important. Too much help, too much cueing, doesn't finally cut the mustard. It took a long time to take on board that simple fact.
by geraldinecarter
Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Prof. Carpenter says SP 'fails premature babies'
Replies: 7
Views: 2101

Re: Prof. Carpenter says SP 'fails premature babies'

~What a wonderful reply from Paddy McEvoy! Where does Barry Carpenter get his arguments from? I hope the 'Specialist Schools and Academies Trust' has chosen its academics/specialists/advisers more carefully. This sort of mouthing off is distraceful. With some of his half-million pounds, I'd like to ...
by geraldinecarter
Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Stammering
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Stammering

We are not making the point nearly forcefully enough - I agree, Maizie. To-day I picked up some 'decodable' readers, published by a leading publisher, from a charity shop. They were unutterably dreary - so leaden and basically patronizing I was dismayed. For the first time I had a smidgeon of sympat...
by geraldinecarter
Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Stammering
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Stammering

What a wonderful film - and an extraordinary insight into what it is like to be afflicted in this way.
by geraldinecarter
Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:33 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ioi discussion with Burkard: All Quiet on the Phonics Front?
Replies: 7
Views: 2554

Re: IoI discussion with Burkard: All Quiet on the Phonics Front?

It's strange how little recognition there is about the huge need for reading practice : decoding/blending practice and about the confidence that being able to 'read a book' bestows on a child. This, and the guarantee that a book only contains words that are with a child's decoding capability at that...
by geraldinecarter
Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:27 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Prof. Bishop's blog: should we label it 'dyslexia'?
Replies: 44
Views: 4381

Re: Prof. Bishop's blog: should we label it 'dyslexia'?

Derrie - I wish it was as simple as class size. Nellie Dale - the linguistic phonics teacher we can track back to the early part of the last century, taught 70 people in her class. There were 40 per class (1.5 teachers) in my kids classes in Brixton, 35 in my class, 30 per class in some of theGPDS p...