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From today's Guardian:
Frank Cottrell Boyce: excessive analysis of books puts kids off reading
Writer to use David Fickling lecture to argue that some teaching methods promoting literacy are polluting the reading experience
My heart sank when I saw that, wondering if 'phonics' was going to get the blame somewhere along the line. But no, Cottrell Boyce takes issue with the excessive analysis of text which passes for 'comprehension' instruction (from the first, wordless, book onwards it has always seemed to me..). I've always thought that it seems like the surest way to put a child off reading for pleasure; it's nice to know at least one person agrees with me.
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Having to write a book review when you get to the end of it - that's another good put off for all but the future book critic.
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And an excellent response to the piece from The Quirky Teacher:
http://thequirkyteacher.wordpress.com/2 ... e-anymore/
Guided reading sessions tend to be half an hour every day. In my experience, they are the most stressful and noisy sessions in the primary timetable.
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