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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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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’

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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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Why we need to teach letter sounds first

Many children come to their first year of school knowing their letters names.  This is because nursery schools and parents teach the ABC song.   They enter Reception and the teacher introduces the letter sounds alongside the letter names.  For many this […]

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Is rhyming useful for learning to read?

Here is a interesting post about the usefulness of assessing and teaching children to rhyme.  Thanks to www.dyslexics.org.uk for flagging up this article. http://www.readingrockets.org/blogs/shanahan-on-literacy/rhyming-ability-important-reading

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