Approaches to Teaching Reading

What is the ‘Matthew effect’ when it comes to reading instruction?

What is ‘The Matthew effect’ when it comes to reading instruction? This idea (muted by Keith Stanovich) is that children who learn to read in the first three years of their education become fluent readers. They read more, learn more […]

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‘Sound Snap’ – a fun way to teach ‘precise pronunciation’

I have just started to teach a struggling reader  in Year 1.  The first thing I observed from my assessment was that she did not use ‘pure phonic sounds’, also known as ‘precise pronunciation’.  Many of the consonants were pronounced […]

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Should we label deprived children as less able?

Is it dangerous to assume that a child who has not had parental input is less able?  Are we setting low expectations from the very beginning? Quirky Teacher presents some important arguments about making assumptions about pupil ability in Early […]

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What is Balanced Literacy?

When asked how they teach reading, many teachers pride themselves that they are teaching ‘balanced literacy’ in their classroom.  This idea seems to imply that they are covering all the approaches their pupils may need to learn to read.  But […]

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Should ‘alien words’ be part of the Year 1 Phonics Check?

It is that time of year again and the Year 1 Phonics Check is looming.  It will take place this year during the week commencing June 12th. There had been a lot of criticism about the check in general but […]

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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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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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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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