Reading Difficulties

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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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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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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Multi-tasking makes you stupid

Here is an interesting post from Spelfabet that explain how looking for lots of reading cues distracts from decoding. Attention during learning

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How can we help the weakest catch up?

“So let me get this straight: we’re behind the rest of our class and we’re going to catch up to them by going slower than they are?”- Bart Simpson   Our instinct is often to assume that a kid … […]

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On the frustration of seeing children struggle with reading

I read this excellent blog post just now and wanted to add some of my thoughts as a primary school teacher (UKS2) on something that I consider a big problem in schools and society in general: lack … Source: On […]

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Let’s focus on the disadvantaged

These are the essentials for disadvantaged pupils.

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Dr. Seuss and Dyslexia

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Illiteracy at the core of school failure

Here is an analysis from of why schools fail.  Illiteracy turns into disruptive behaviour.  Then no learning can take place. Thanks Echo Chamber for this post. https://wordpress.com/read/post/feed/11037324/940187922

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When silent reading is practically a heinous crime

Should schools make time for silent reading? Thanks Quirky Teachers for this thoughtful post.

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