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Guess Editorial – Gordon Askew – UK

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Your guess is(n’t) as good as mine Posted: 01 Jan 2015 01:17 AM PST Blog by Gordon Askew. Now (largely) retired. Until May 2014 Phonics Adviser to DfE. Former primary headteacher, consultant, lecturer, inspector and phonics trainer. I am prompted by recent responses from this country and abroad to return to the issue of guessing Read more…

The Learning Alliance

It is important to share what other organizations and communities are doing across America to improve student reading proficiency.  The more “good news” stories we can share the better.  We believe that it is critical that we offer solutions, and not just criticism.  The Learning Alliance is a bright light that needs to be recognized Read more…

England Update – Phonics on the Move

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/schools/schools-minister-nick-gibb-sets-out-his-timetable-for-educational-reform-in-2015-9963751.html ********************************************************************************************** The quote below is an excerpt from The Independent.  You can read the entire article in the link above.  The use of the Phonics Screening Check is proving to be an important tool of educators to use in determining whether students have mastered the “basics of reading” instruction. “It was evidence from an Read more…

Happy New Year!

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Here is a good way to check the ability of your child to read fluently.  This simple test only takes 3 minutes.  It is similar to other such assessment tools, but we recommend you use this and take it to your child’s teacher and ask what it means, and when your child will be able Read more…

Synthetic Phonics Instruction Works

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Scientific Evidence After witnessing students’ lives miraculously transformed by the Academic Associates approach to reading instruction, numerous amazed parents and teachers have openly wondered why schools do not generally use this approach, and whether there is any scientific research to support it. The following brief synopsis is an attempt to initiate an answer to those Read more…

Dyslexia – England – Guest Editorial

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Blog by Gordon Askew. Now (largely) retired. Until April 2014 Phonics Adviser to DfE. Former primary headteacher, consultant, lecturer, inspector and phonics trainer. No materials to sell. No services to sell. No vested interest at all. Unless otherwise acknowledged, all views here are my own. However I make no apology for being outspoken. Those many Read more…

Reading In The Brain – Part II

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The Dyslexic Brain Stanislaus Dehaene Reading In the Brain Penguin Books, New York City, NY 2009   SELECTED EXCERPTS The Dyslexic Brain “This Chapter summarizes thirty years of research on dyslexia, from this initial psychological classification, to brain imaging, anatomical, and genetic studies, and finally the recent design of intervention software. “ What Is Dyslexia? “A Read more…

Reading in The Brain – Part I

Reading in the Brain:  The New Science of How We Learn to Read By Stanislas Dehaene Penguin Books, Ltd. New York, NY 2009 EXCERPTS “At this very moment, your brain is accomplishing an amazing feat–reading.   p.1 “Written word processing starts in our eyes. Only the center of the retina, called the fovea, has a find enough Read more…