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Ways with words

I’ve always loved words and never ‘dumb down’ my language for children. I had an early spat with one of the edu Queens of Twitter, who blocked me and called me ‘nasty’ because I said challenging vocabulary should be used and she… er disagreed:… Continue Reading “Ways with words”

Intervention and the medicalisation of SEND.

I’ve never liked the word ‘intervention’. I first heard it with regard to my son; it seemed so clinical and impersonal. There is the sense is it is being ‘done to’ the child, not with them. It is any wonder learners become passive? In… Continue Reading “Intervention and the medicalisation of SEND.”

Handwriting: five tips

1. CONSIDER WHOLE CLASS DIRECTED DRAWING for younger children: And it’s very easy to see why teachers are in an impossible situation and we are not making progress. No one can agree.#dyslexia My position: teach #handwriting early and make it fun. I like #directeddrawingand… Continue Reading “Handwriting: five tips”

Just breathe

Taking full and purposeful breaths is a wonderful way to calm the parasympathetic nervous system. Beneficial for student and teacher! The techniques can be practised anywhere, but if seated, feet should connect with the ground, back straight so that the lungs are not compressed.… Continue Reading “Just breathe”

Ways with phonics

Teach sound awareness: Listening Walk https://t.co/yZkhqMLQPp via @YouTube Book share of the Listening Walk which is great for teaching sound awareness and links to #phonics #EYFS#mindfulness @thepetitioner — 📚💭✍️ (@thinkpix_suze) June 26, 2020 Try linking patterns together with visuals: @_Reading_Rocks_ combining a phonic sound… Continue Reading “Ways with phonics”

Schwa: what it is and how to avoid it.

The schwa is the most common (non) sound in our language. I posted a 3 part video back in 2018 modelling ‘pure’ sounds: My video offering this week is in 3 parts: my attempt to model ‘pure’ sounds – so crucial for reading and… Continue Reading “Schwa: what it is and how to avoid it.”

Start write: supporting your new dyslexic student

Dyslexia has been ringfenced by the scientific community as requiring specialist support. This approach can make teachers feel powerless, however, teachers are experts and the classroom teacher has the most powerful influence on a student’s learning journey and outcomes. Graduated Approach What is dyslexia… Continue Reading “Start write: supporting your new dyslexic student”

Top ten spelling tips

1. Contractions Just tagging this on!Important that students understand the process: a vowel is taken away.#contractions pic.twitter.com/M2zsZQ1Xv4 — 📚💭✍️ (@thinkpix_suze) September 16, 2019 2. Open and closed syllables 3. Learning a word as a picture Neuro Linguistic Spelling found in a report by Brooks… Continue Reading “Top ten spelling tips”

Catch up and keep up: ed suffix

The suffix ‘ed used in a past tense, regular verb is a year one target (together with ‘ing’ for good reason) The ed suffix is an important entry into the world of morphology and represents an important move away from a phonics-only approach as… Continue Reading “Catch up and keep up: ed suffix”

Finding balance: how to use yoga in the classroom

This is a great time to implement yoga in your classroom. It can be done in a bubble and no equipment is needed. Younger children respond particularly well as humans are more likely to mimic (copy) than primates! Sound release is especially beneficial- the… Continue Reading “Finding balance: how to use yoga in the classroom”

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