The Power of Decodable Readers

The Power of Decodable Readers

Sunday, February 10, 2019

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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 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
  3. Don't say, "What sound does .... make?"
    28 Nov, 2018
    Don't say, "What sound does .... make?"
    We so often see teachers and parents pointing to a letter or diagraph (a group of letters) and saying to a child, "What sound does this [xxxx] make?"  Yet, when we think about it, speech has been around for a lot longer than any written form of language.  Written letters or script of any sort were invented as a way of recording permanently a verbal message, a way of representing sounds.  Different language groups chose to represent those sounds in different ways.  This means that the same