Learning to Read

How to teach reading and spelling with the Smart Chute

It is really important to teach reading and spelling together so that children can see that reading is decoding letters into sounds and spelling is encoding sounds into letters. In short, they are reverse activities. This way children learn how […]

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How to teach high-frequency words

High-frequency words are common words in our language. Many teachers believe that it is useful for children to learn to read and spell these words as soon as possible. The problem is that many of these words have complex spellings. […]

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Questions about the efficacy of phonics

If you are not convinced that phonics works for everyone or feel that you have tried it and still some of your pupils struggle – here are answers to often held views about teaching to read with synthetic phonics.  Professor Pamela […]

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Why no one can really multi task

Young people today are obsessed with social media, constantly switching from school work to Facebook, texting, Instagram or whatever the latest cool gadget is on their phones.  How does this affect their learning? They tell their parents and teachers that they are multi-tasking.  But is this actually […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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/

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