I’ve been following the ongoing phonics debate in Australia with interest. Many parents are calling for the introduction of the Phonics Screening Check (PSC) and state Education Ministers are opposing it. Is phonics a panacea? Introduced in 2012, can we categorically say the… Continue Reading “Is reading like riding a bike?”
It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to transition and if you have an effective transition in your school, you’ve probably been thinking about it for a while. I’m talking here about the move to…BIG SCHOOL. Pupils with dyslexia often find this… Continue Reading “Movin on up: transition”
What does the title quote tell us about handwriting and the act of writing? The quote, from Orlando (Virginia Woolf), goes on: ‘The nerve which controls the pen winds itself about every fibre of our being, threads the heart, pierces the liver’. The… Continue Reading “Handwriting: ‘we write not with the fingers but with the whole person’.”
IEP stands for Individualised Education Plan. Does your school use IEP’s? Is there a whole school understanding of their purpose and a rigour around setting and achieving targets? How do teachers feel/think about them? That they are a paperwork exercise and take up too… Continue Reading “To IEP or not to IEP. Why is that in question?”
Dyslexia impacts on the mental health of a child and its carers. The wellbeing of the dyslexic and their family is in the hands of the school, other educational setting, or work. Wield your power mindfully and with compassion. I returned to education a… Continue Reading “Dyslexia; mental health matters!”
The first academic paper on dyslexia was published in 1896 in the British Medical Journal by William Pringle Morgan. Dyslexia was ‘discovered’ by psychologists, who, when presented with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, found that despite average or above IQ’s, they had… Continue Reading “Dyslexia: start a discussion”
Understanding that letters have a sound and a name is key for dyslexic people.
How can teachers be better supported in identifying dyslexia in the classroom? Read on for less obvious clues…