Category: Guest Commentary

Phonics Talk: Volume 74 – Common Roadblocks to Reading

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PHONICS TALK: The Dorbooks Newsletter Volume 74 ~ January 2016 by Dolores G. Hiskes COMMON ROADBLOCKS TO READING Sometimes even when phonics is taught students experience difficulty in learning how to read. Why? Isn’t it sufficient just to teach phonics skills in order for students to become fluent readers? Not necessarily so . . . Read more…

PHONICS-TALK: The Dorbooks Newsletter, Volume 71

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PHONICS-TALK: The Dorbooks Newsletter Volume 71 – November 2015 by Dolores G. Hiskes TEACHING READING, THEN AND NOW This newsletter illustrates how reading was taught fifty years ago, how it is taught today, and shares some summary thoughts. Enjoy!   TEACHING READING THEN (1959) (As excerpted from Solomon or Salami? by Helen R. Lowe, The Atlantic Read more…

Transforming the life chances of our children – simple methods, great results

On the IFERI blog, headteacher Sam Bailey talks at the UK Reading Reform Foundation conference in March this year. Her talk is nothing but practical tips on making a difference in teaching effectiveness. Take a look at that video below. Sam Bailey was appointed headteacher of a struggling school with results well below national expectations. The theme of her Read more…

Do You Want to Learn to Read by Memorizing Word Shapes?

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Despite all the evidence to suggest otherwise, the whole language method of teaching still dominates how reading is taught at schools. Just have a look at the image above. This was from a “reading strategy” handout my oldest child brought home at the start of her school year in grade 3. Most of the

Curriculum: The great divide among education reformers

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This gently stated but dismissive view of the importance of reading instruction troubles me because I think it captures a viewpoint widely shared by many education reformers. Read the article by Kate Walsh here:

Stanislas Dehaene: Problems with Whole Word Reading

Stanislas Dehaene is  the cognitive neuroscientist who wrote the groundbreaking book Reading in the Brain. Check out this video of his talk at the World Innovation Summit for Education 2012. The first 15 minutes captures his essential research salient to our work: Problems with whole word reading (why we cannot emphasize “sight word” reading) The Read more…

Phonics Talk: Teaching Secrets of Two Special Teachers

PHONICS TALK — The Dorbooks Newsletter Volume 70 – September 2015 *Teaching Secrets of Two Special Teachers* by Dolores G. Hiskes Reprinted with permission from Dorbooks’ Phonics Talk. See their past issues here:   *The Emperor has no clothes on,* or *When Will We Ever Learn?,* or *What Goes Around Comes Around, etc.* This story Read more…

How Spelling Supports Reading – Dr. Louisa Moats

How Spelling Supports Reading And Why It Is More Regular and Predictable Than You May Think Dr. Louisa Moats Here is a summary paragraph that is found at the end of Dr. Moats article.  You may read the entire article if you click the link below. Spelling instruction may be old fashioned, but its impor- Read more…