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by palisadesk
Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted Reports
Replies: 7
Views: 3731

Re: Ofsted Reports

Maybe you typed the URL wrong, Geraldine. It came right up for me: http://www.dawhat-aljazeera.com/ They do provide a lot of information about the curriculum (and other things). This is a fairly common practice for private schools that cater to the affluent and upper middle class. This school seems...
by palisadesk
Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Riot report says fine schools that fail pupils on literacy
Replies: 10
Views: 4769

Re: Riot report says fine schools that fail pupils on literacy

And just how well has the shame-blame-and-punish model worked so far? It is the backbone of the U.S. education system, where results continue to plummet and it's hard to entice people with barely a Grade 8 level of education to become primary teachers in many states. Is this really the way the UK w...
by palisadesk
Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The shocking truth about state schools: they're good
Replies: 5
Views: 3252

Re: The shocking truth about state schools: they're good

What's wrong with whole-school setting (Miskin's method)? Of course, nothing is "wrong" with MIskin's method (which has many similarities to whole-school Direct Instruction models). However, it would not be possible in many schools here due to legislation (we could not have a teaching group of 60 s...
by palisadesk
Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The shocking truth about state schools: they're good
Replies: 5
Views: 3252

Re: The shocking truth about state schools: they're good

I came across this article in The Guardian which is a propos of the same theme: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/mar/12/ontario-shows-support-teachers-schools?INTCMP=SRCH The piece is more editorial than factual analysis, but it does make some valid points. Sustained improvement requires a ...
by palisadesk
Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading revolution
Replies: 17
Views: 6755

Re: Reading revolution

In both cases, however, these people did read for pleasure for a while as children, and I think this may be necessary if the skill is to be consolidated in a way that allows it to be readily available for future use. I suspect that children who never read at all for pleasure after learning to read ...
by palisadesk
Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:18 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Book by Everett: Language: The Cultural Tool
Replies: 11
Views: 5093

Re: Book by Everett: Language: The Cultural Tool

Mention of the Piraha twigged a recollection of reading about their peculiar inability to count or even to do one-to-one matching. I found some of the original articles reposted here: http://www.jcrows.com/withoutnumbers.html and here: http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,414291,00.ht...
by palisadesk
Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:55 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Guessing - its causes and how to stop it
Replies: 3
Views: 2142

Re: Guessing - its causes and how to stop it

Geraldine was kind enough to put a post of mine on this topic in the "Classics" section: http://rrf.org.uk/messageforum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3230 I can only add to what I said then that it is essential to stop talking about "guessing." As the trainers say, "reinforce an incompatible behaviour." Prov...
by palisadesk
Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Vygotsky and child development
Replies: 45
Views: 16772

Re: Vygotsky and child development

When a Reception class teacher finds herself with children who can decode, like Jenny's grandchildren, and others who do not know a single letter/sound correspondence, I cannot imagine how she copes in a whole-class situation. It can easily be much more challenging than this. The teacher may face a...
by palisadesk
Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Speech and Language Checklist
Replies: 4
Views: 3017

Re: Speech and Language Checklist

Parents and caregivers will also find this resource useful re speech and language development of children up to age 5: http://www.theroadmap.ualberta.ca/home Of particular interest, because the explanations are clear and succinct, with examples, are the sections on narrative and understanding and u...
by palisadesk
Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Simple view of reading
Replies: 67
Views: 25173

Re: Simple view of reading

If teachers were in the habit of including real words that are likely to be unfamiliar to children, in their daily lessons, might that not prevent the problems described by Susan S? Probably not,because our students (who are nearly all ELL) have plenty of experience with unfamiliar words. We have a...
by palisadesk
Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:03 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Canadian Model
Replies: 3
Views: 2720

Re: The Canadian Model

I would point out (and not for the first time) that there is no “Canadian Educational System.” K-12 education is entirely the domain of the individual provinces and territories; the federal government has no role whatever, either in funding or regulation. Thus, there is a great deal of variation, a...
by palisadesk
Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Simple view of reading
Replies: 67
Views: 25173

Re: Simple view of reading

I find the “picture” element – a picture of an alien beside the non-word – interesting, although I don’t know how, or if, it would affect children’s performance. What I have found here, testing students who are not routinely exposed to non-words or asked to decode them (even though they have been t...
by palisadesk
Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Comprehension
Replies: 18
Views: 7448

Re: Comprehension

I don't know of any free/unprotected standardized-type assessments, but the placement tests for the SRA programs can at least give you an idea whether a child has significant gaps in language develoipment and what they are. These are free downloads: https://www.mheonline.com/assets/sra_download/Lan...
by palisadesk
Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:45 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Comprehension
Replies: 18
Views: 7448

Re: Comprehension

The implications are quite clear ... these children require access to explicit structured speech and language programmes in small groups alongside models provided by children whose language falls within the average range. They have, afterall, a lot of catching up to do. The importance of this canno...