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ResearchED Washington

One minute I’m touring the White House with Tom Bennett and my Eduhero David Didau. The next, a group of invested teachers along with Kate Walsh, President, National Council of Teacher Quality (yes, that Kate Walsh) are following me into a spare classroom, willing to miss their next session to hear more about how I […]

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Refrigerator

How can I help a student who spells <refrigerator> as <*refridgerator>? This question was posed to me over the weekend and it was a good one. The orthographic word sum I propose for refrigerator would be <re> “again” + <friger> “cold” + <ate> + <or>. The Latin verb for refrigerate is refrigeratus. To get to […]

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Mad Scientist

Originally posted on LEX:
Scholars who take the Old English for Orthographers LEXinar take a critical look at what’s said about the historical origins of words. Many categorically false, totally ascientific claims have been made in print by language educators widely considered to be “experts.” It’s been going on for decades. In the 1980s, Bob…

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Schools shouldn’t be relying on parents to teach reading.

Originally posted on Esse Quam Videri:
Most schools rely on parents to teach children to read. No! I can already anticipate the angry response as teachers explain that they run weekly or bi-weekly group reading sessions and daily discrete phonics sessions… It will make me horribly unpopular to say it but still I stand by…

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Phonics – is there much evidence?

Originally posted on Esse Quam Videri:
A small but exciting piece of research was completed recently. Dr Marlynne Grant has conducted a longitudinal study on a cohort of students learning to read from Reception to Year 2 with a systematic synthetic phonics programme called ‘Sound Discovery’. She followed a Reception class of 30 students in…

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