When students struggle with writing tasks

When students struggle with writing tasks

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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Diane Clark

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  1. 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
  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