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SEND for your mother

  It seems the world of SEND is full of embattled women’s voices. Whenever I attend a dyslexia CPD event or conference, I am struck by the high numbers of mothers I encounter who became dyslexia professionals to help their own children and in… Continue Reading “SEND for your mother”

Dyslexia background: part two

  For Part One see here: Part OneAre Theories of causation tell us much about how to assess dyslexic students. There are three main schools of thought, yet the theories can sit side by side as in the Kelly and Phillips Integrated Causal Model… Continue Reading “Dyslexia background: part two”

Dyslexia: background part one

  In today’s classrooms, children have to ‘read to learn’. Children who cannot read are ‘effectively disenfranchised’ (Department for Education, 2013:13). In the span of civilisation, however, mass literacy is a relatively recent phenomenon. Written communication began with a picture or sign to represent… Continue Reading “Dyslexia: background part one”

Dyslexia + maths = no problem (10 tips)

There are LOTs of ways to help dyslexic students become not just okay at maths but great mathematicians. Here are a few suggestions and I’m sure you’ll find some of your own! Always be explicit eg we have place value because there are only… Continue Reading “Dyslexia + maths = no problem (10 tips)”

Lollygagger or learning difference??

How do schools create ‘lollygaggers’? Teacher and TA dynamics   I was pretty disheartened by a post from Ben Newmark, expressing frustration at the ‘lollygaggers’ in his classroom, the needy children with ‘learned helplessness’. Apparently, his most read post. What is particularly worrying is… Continue Reading “Lollygagger or learning difference??”

Seeing things differently

  What is dyslexia?   Over 10 years ago (October 2007) the British Dyslexia Association Management Board approved the following definition of dyslexia: “Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills.  It is likely to… Continue Reading “Seeing things differently”

Dyslexia and a flat earth

  Yesterday, I made the trip to London to the IOE for the dyslexia ‘debate’. At the end of last year, there was a furore in the House of Lords after Warwickshire Council had declared that a dyslexia diagnosis was ‘scientifically questionnable’. I was… Continue Reading “Dyslexia and a flat earth”

Where do we go from here? dyslexia

On the 31/1/19 there will be a discussion about dyslexia at the IoE involving some eminent people in the field: ‘Dyslexia diagnosis, scientific understandings and belief in a flat earth.’ This follows a statement last year from Warwickshire and Staffordshire County Council that a… Continue Reading “Where do we go from here? dyslexia”

Analysing spellings: metacognition

  Whilst there are many creative approaches to teaching, spelling has not benefited from this in the past. How has spelling been taught historically in your school? Typically, spelling is not taught at all but delivered as lists, sent home to ‘look, cover, write… Continue Reading “Analysing spellings: metacognition”

Assess to progress

  Assessment creates a lot of debate, with strong opposition to the testing of Reception children and one headline declaring: ‘Testing has become like crack cocaine to the government’. Is there a difference between an assessment and a test? The word ‘assess’ turned up in… Continue Reading “Assess to progress”

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