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Are learning styles now finally out of style?
Many SEN teachers believe and promote the idea of learning styles. It feels right. It feels personal to every individual student – but it is supported by science? https://ssec.si.edu/sending-learning-styles-out-style#.WHdcuDaVr6E.twitter
It’s time all teachers had a good grasp of synthetic phonics
Five years after the introduction of synthetic phonics into classrooms, it is time that teachers made it their business to have a good understanding of synthetic phonics and what science tells us about effective ways to teach reading. Read this short […]
Essentials that NQTs need to know about teaching reading
Are NQTs equipped with what they absolutely need to know about reading when they leave Teacher Training? John Walker discusses ‘threshold concepts’ – the fundamentals that a teacher needs to master in order to be able to teach reading effectively. These include […]
PISA results are in…
I have made a few predictions about PISA both on this blog and on Twitter. I predicted an entrenchment of East Asian countries at the top of the table, a decline for Finland and perhaps a decline f… Source: PISA […]
A Word on Curriculum
I teach English Language Arts in Alberta, Canada at the high school level. The program of study, at this stage, is largely geared towards literary interpretation and analysis, represented through t… Source: A Word on Curriculum
How the Phonics Check can help teachers and Australia should adopt it
Here is a fantastic blog by Spelfabet on how the Phonics Check makes teachers’ lives easier and why Australia should adopt it. Thanks Spelfabet! http://www.spelfabet.com.au/blog/
One Word at a Time – Teaching Vocabulary – The Confident Teacher
This blog is a copy of my recent Teach Secondary article (click on the link HERE to subscribe) on the importance of vocabulary, with some handy teaching and learning strategies. Source: One Word at a Time – Teaching Vocabulary – […]
Reading fluency and the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’
Is reading fluency important for academic success? I’d imagine everyone reading this would agree it was very important – crucial in fact. This description from Quirky Teacher of many children’s rea… Source: Reading fluency and the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’
Teaching approaches that are supported by research
Here is a really clear table showing which approaches of teaching reading are supported by research. Thank you IFERI for flagging this table by Laura Stewart. stewart-research_summary_table_1
Should we teach tricky words as ‘sight words’?
The new year has started and children are sent home to learn to read and spell tricky words by sight, that is by the shape of the word. Does this make sense if they are learning to read with Synthetic […]
Reading strategies – what not to do
Here is a list of strategies that do not help children become fluent, independent readers and spellers. http://www.dyslexics.org.uk/what_not_to_do.htm Thanks Susan Godsland of www.dyslecix.org.uk for this post.
Do book bands help launch children into reading?
Ruth Miskin, author of the Read Write Inc phonics programme claims the confused criteria of banding books follows the discredited searchlight model of teaching reading. So why are schools using it? http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/news/2016/09/15/ruths-blog-why-book-bands-block-childrens-reading-progress/