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by Goodenough
Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Irish 15 year olds do better in PISA digital literacy test
Replies: 1
Views: 684

Irish 15 year olds do better in PISA digital literacy test

http://www.merrionstreet.ie/index.php/2011/06/irish-students-score-better-on-oecd-pisa-digital-literacy-test-minister-quinn-welcomes-improvement-in-literacy-scores/ Irish students’ ability to read computer based text such as emails and websites is significantly above the average of 19 OECD countries...
by Goodenough
Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Jelly and Bean
Replies: 8
Views: 1410

Re: Jelly and Bean

I'm a big fan of Jelly and Bean and I've recommended them to others. Only ever heard positive things back about them.
by Goodenough
Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Children who are slow to catch on in Reception
Replies: 35
Views: 6041

Re: Children who are slow to catch on in Reception

I came a bit late to this thread but have found it really interesting. I teach in a very small school so I have children for a few years and do not have many reception age children at one time. My experience is therefore a bit limited. In the last few years I have found that every child has learned ...
by Goodenough
Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Eire turns to Synthetic Phonics
Replies: 8
Views: 1764

Re: Eire turns to Synthetic Phonics

I missed this. Thanks for drawing attention to it Geraldine. Synthetic Phonics is gradually gaining more ground here. I posted before about student teachers in Mary Immaculate College of Education in Limerick being encouraged to use Jolly Phonics. Mind you one of the Reading Recovery centres is in t...
by Goodenough
Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:28 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Looking for advice re adult learner
Replies: 10
Views: 2788

Re: Looking for advice re adult learner

Thanks everyone for your replies. I'm sure you are right and that this man needs to go back to basics to learn decoding. I have worked with a couple of adults as an adult literacy volunteer. I suppose I'm feeling a bit intimidated because this man is functioning at a much higher standard than either...
by Goodenough
Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Looking for advice re adult learner
Replies: 10
Views: 2788

Looking for advice re adult learner

I'm hoping someone will have suggestions for me. I have been approached by a man I know for advice on improving his spelling and grammar. This man is in his forties. He left school early to do an apprenticeship. He is now back in education and studying for a 3rd level qualification. He first came to...
by Goodenough
Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: UK maths prof's paper: A personal take on synthetic phonics
Replies: 4
Views: 978

Re: UK maths prof's paper: A personal take on synthetic phonics

I agree that many of us have learnt to read at home but, equally, many others have rich reading experiences 'at mother's knee' and have still failed to learn to read. I have a particular worry about descriptions of individual children who learned to read easily using phonics because I learned very ...
by Goodenough
Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Reading Wars
Replies: 47
Views: 7615

Re: The Reading Wars

Goodenough, I have a question about your post which initiated this thread. You wrote: She deliberately looked for something other than phonics as she wanted to provoke me! Did you mean to say perhaps: She deliberately looked for something other than phonics as she didn't want to provoke me! ? Your ...
by Goodenough
Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:17 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Reading Wars
Replies: 47
Views: 7615

Re: The Reading Wars

Somehow we've got to marry literacy and literature and campaign for freeing the curriculum once every child is reading by end of year 1 - with only a very small percentage needing further skills'-based SP teaching after this. This makes sense to me. There has to be a way to find common ground and t...
by Goodenough
Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Happy New Year 2011 !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1829

Re: Happy New Year 2011 !!!

May you all have a very happy 2011! :grin:
by Goodenough
Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Reading Wars
Replies: 47
Views: 7615

The Reading Wars

I had a depressing conversation with my sister this Christmas. She told me that she had intended to get me a book on reading as a present. She deliberately looked for something other than phonics as she wanted to provoke me! She said that she was taken aback by how vehement, not to say virulent the ...
by Goodenough
Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: PISA results 2009- UK falling further behind
Replies: 40
Views: 7860

Re: PISA results 2009- UK falling further behind

Does this reflect the dominance of Reading Recovery and a more multi-cueing approach do you think? This must be part of the problem I think although the problems obviously run much deeper. Ireland introduced a "Revised Primary School Curriculum" starting in the mid 1990s. English was among the firs...
by Goodenough
Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: PISA results 2009- UK falling further behind
Replies: 40
Views: 7860

Re: PISA results 2009- UK falling further behind

I've just been looking up the scores for Ireland. They seem similar enough to those of the UK but depressingly worse than the Irish scores in 2000. Ireland showed the largest decline in reading scores from 2000 to 2009 of all the countries surveyed. http://m.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/12...
by Goodenough
Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: RAP reading comprehension Strategic Intervention Model
Replies: 9
Views: 7729

Re: RAP reading comprehension Strategic Intervention Model

In my school we are also finding that some children's scores on standardised reading tests decrease in the Upper Primary classes. Good decoding skills are sufficient for them to do well in the early years but for some their comprehension does not reach age norms although they can read fluently. Read...
by Goodenough
Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: OFSTED support for phonics
Replies: 39
Views: 7171

Re: OFSTED support for phonics

I'm 100% in favour of teaching children to use phonics in spelling and have been saying so for over 20 years, but I have to say that I myself do think in letter-names in my head for spelling, and so, I think, do many other people who are thoroughly competent at phonics. Jenny C. I find that interes...