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by palisadesk
Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teaching those with Extreme Learning Difficulties
Replies: 4
Views: 3575

Re: Teaching those with Extreme Learning Difficulties

. However, from my experience, those who find learning to read most difficult are those who need the most simple, routine, systematically-structured lessons with no distractions. Very, very true. Having taught (and sometimes failed to teach successfully) a number of extremely challenged learners, a...
by palisadesk
Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 162153

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

What struggling readers need more than anything is absolute clarity in practising their foundational skills. If you have any experience of tutoring one-to-one you will see the confusion and, quite often, terror in the faces of children - their eyes darting to pictures to try to make sense. Of cours...
by palisadesk
Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics teaching with Downs Syndrome children.
Replies: 13
Views: 7065

Re: Phonics teaching with Downs Syndrome children.

Direction Instruction reading programs, especially Reading Mastery (formerly DISTAR) have a long history of success with Down Syndrome (and other) students. They are successful because the material is clearly presented, new learning is incremental and based on mastery of every step along the way, a...
by palisadesk
Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:33 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Autistic pupil
Replies: 2
Views: 7956

Re: Autistic pupil

I've had several pupils with autism who were beginners in reading and can probably make some useful suggestions, but need to know just a little bit more about your student: how, especially, is his oral language -- both receptive and expressive? Does he have age-appropriate oral communication skills...
by palisadesk
Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: BBC4: Growing Children. Dyslexia. 27th Aug.
Replies: 89
Views: 31056

Re: BBC4: Growing Children. Dyslexia. 27th Aug.

elsiep, if you're looking for a study that follows a large cohort of children from first grade through to adult life, education and careers, the most thorough one I've ever encountered is one published in Harvard Educational Review in 1978. I gave a bit of a synopsis (and the specs on the article) ...
by palisadesk
Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ATL union poll: teachers reject phonics check
Replies: 17
Views: 7433

Re: ATL union poll: teachers reject phonics check

Palisadesk - tell us more. It doesn't make intuitive sense does it? Did the non-word tests that you used contain letter combinations which would not normally be found in the language of the test? Did the real word element of the test mostly contain words that the child would have heard or read befo...
by palisadesk
Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: BBC4: Growing Children. Dyslexia. 27th Aug.
Replies: 89
Views: 31056

Re: BBC4: Growing Children. Dyslexia. 27th Aug.

I recall asking some time ago if Project Follow Through had followed through children to adulthood, but can't recall a response - and I can't find that data. Sorry, I didn't see that, or I could have answered much earlier. You can't find the data because there isn't any. Children in Project Follow ...
by palisadesk
Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ATL union poll: teachers reject phonics check
Replies: 17
Views: 7433

Re: ATL union poll: teachers reject phonics check

Surely, 'able readers' should be able to easily and accurately decode a short list of simple words whether they are real words or non-words? That is certainly a reasonable supposition. However, I have often seen that it is not the case in practice. Sometimes the difference is extreme -- the student...
by palisadesk
Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching
Replies: 2
Views: 2470

Re: Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching

This is such an excellent sample chapter that I'm buying the book and can't wait to read it. Great! I'll do the same and we can swap insights and queries! I have the advantage of having used Anita Archer's programs (with GREAT success, I might add), and had the experience of being her "student" for...
by palisadesk
Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How did we fall so far behind?
Replies: 20
Views: 8694

Re: How did we fall so far behind?

Do children in Canada repeat a year if they are not coping with the work? They don't in the UK. In answer to Jenny's question: Very seldom. Retention in grade (repeating a year) is extremely uncommon today although in the past it was almost de rigeur in some places. When I first taught (in a differ...
by palisadesk
Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Wheldall blog what's wrong with What Works C/house
Replies: 56
Views: 21332

Re: Wheldall blog what's wrong with What Works C/house

To get back to what DOES work, enjoy this sample chapter from Explicit Instruction : http://explicitinstruction.org/download/sample-chapter.pdf I've heard the book is excellent , which does not surprise me in the least as Anita Archer is an outstanding presenter, teacher and writer. She is also the...
by palisadesk
Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How did we fall so far behind?
Replies: 20
Views: 8694

Re: How did we fall so far behind?

Does Canada actually have a national curriculum? No, education is a provincial responsibility. However, as I understand it, there is no "UK" curriculum either -- England, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland all have their own curricula, correct? That said, our provincial curricula tend to be very simila...
by palisadesk
Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How did we fall so far behind?
Replies: 20
Views: 8694

Re: How did we fall so far behind?

It's not clear to me why you do so much worse than Canada -- after all, there are many similarities -- both predominantly English speaking, lots of immigration, system of government, social safety net supports, many cultural links. Of course you have nearly twice our population, but like ours it is...
by palisadesk
Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Comprehension
Replies: 58
Views: 25581

Re: Comprehension

Adams' " 4000 hours" comment is an anecdotal one,referring to her own experience, not a study (she may well have invested enormous amounts of time into her child's preschool literacy experiences). The "4000 hours" figure is way above the average found in studies of middle-class families.In order to...
by palisadesk
Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: There is an epidemic of over-diagnoses of ADHD
Replies: 20
Views: 9763

Re: There is an epidemic of over-diagnoses of ADHD

It must be remembered that "ADHD" behaviours and symptoms can be (and often are) caused by physical malfunctions or conditions, and that before being medicated for "ADHD" any child (or adult) should receive a thorough medical checkup including bloodwork, neurological examination, cardiac exam, and ...