Don't say, "What sound does .... make?"

Don't say, "What sound does .... make?"

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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Diane Clark

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  1. When students struggle with writing tasks
    21 Mar, 2019
    When students struggle with writing tasks
    Many times, our struggling students receive D grades for their writing assessments.  Whilst this can be due to poor fine motor or punctuation skills, more often than not it is due to the fact that they struggle at the language creation / expressive language level.  Pie Corbett, English educational guru and creator of the Talk For Writing concept‘s belief is 'Children cannot write something if they cannot say it. They cannot say it if it is not part of their normal language - and it won't be
  2. The Power of Decodable Readers
    10 Feb, 2019
    The Power of Decodable Readers
    Decodable readers are a very powerful component of the young child’s venture into the world of reading, and should be used by all teachers of young students, yet their use still creates much discussion and debate among teachers and literacy experts.  Decodable books work in conjunction with a literacy program that introduces sounds systematically and in an ordered manner.  Because of this structure, students learning to read only have to cope with sounds that are familiar to them and they are
  3. The Pen Licence:   A good thing or not?
    07 Dec, 2018
    The Pen Licence: A good thing or not?
    The Issue of Pen Licences In his penultimate (no pun intended) tutoring session for the year, one of my students, a year 5 boy, last week very excitedly told me that he had finally been ‘granted’ his ‘pen licence’.  He was over the moon!  He had been waiting for this moment for months and had been getting so discouraged, to the point of becoming angry and resentful, because he was one of the few remaining students in his class to whom the ‘licence’ had not been given. Admittedly, as a token