Approaches to Teaching Reading

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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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 – […]

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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

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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 […]

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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.  

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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/

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