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Metacognition: what it is and why it matters.

Metacognition is not new and is simply thinking about thinking. ‘Metacognition means “thinking about one’sown thinking”. There are two aspects of metacognition: –reflection- thinking about what we know and self-regulation managing how we go about learning. Taking together, theseprocesses make up an important aspect… Continue Reading “Metacognition: what it is and why it matters.”

Is reading like riding a bike?

  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?”

Guided Spelling: spelling between the desks.

  Guided spelling or ‘Spelling between the desks’, is a new concept of mine! Informed in part by mine and others’ approaches to maths. We are essentially trying to get inside the mind of the student to help to guide and explore their own… Continue Reading “Guided Spelling: spelling between the desks.”

Journey of a dyslexic writer

It can be difficult for Primary schools to identify dyslexia, one of the reasons is that emphasis is on development and some students not being ‘ready’. How to spot dyslexia: The suggestion is that given time and opportunity to catch up, they will. Dyslexia… Continue Reading “Journey of a dyslexic writer”

Dyslexia Ideas: writing

Dare to DREAM : teaching dyslexic learners.

A few years ago, I sat down to try and identify the things I consider when teaching dyslexic learners. It can be hard to do this, as teaching becomes natural and unconscious through practice and refinement. It is a combination of creativity, knowledge, experience… Continue Reading “Dare to DREAM : teaching dyslexic learners.”

Across the Great Divide: learning styles and the prog vs trad debate.

(Or, why I’m a ‘Trog’) A recent twitter post got me thinking again about the Learning Style debate and how this has become a highly political issue. A guaranteed way to garner approval, ensuring your tweet is buoyant with likes, is of course to… Continue Reading “Across the Great Divide: learning styles and the prog vs trad debate.”

Word attack: single word reading

The skills required to read polysyllabic words are typically not taught but acquired naturally by the more proficient readers in class. Readers for whom reading is effortless are of course likely to read more and therefore to improve reading fluency and accuracy. They typically… Continue Reading “Word attack: single word reading”

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.”

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