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Happie Nu Yeer Tu U

Writing is a code for sound; as ever it’s not quite that simple.  You’ve probably read the title, know what I mean but also realise that it just looks “plane rong”.  We have both sound and word representations in our minds.  In experienced readers’ minds phonology (word sounds) and spellings (orthography) work individually and together; in experienced readers this is a rapid, automatic and mutually reinforcing process. Continue reading

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Responsive Teaching: Questioning Feedback and Follow Up

I can still see the concern maybe fear in the teacher’s eyes.  In days gone by, with me sat observing the lesson; the teaching input has been completed, the hinge point question reveals half the class know the answer and half haven’t a clue.  What to do next; where to go? Continue reading

I’m Confident; Just Not that Committed #ThursdayThunk

The latest study on Mental Toughness sometimes termed grit or character) was designed to address the question “What is the state of “soft skills” development in Independent Schools and how did it compare with data from State Schools”. At this stage it doesn’t attend to questions such as, “Why is there a difference and what can both the independent school sector and the State school sector learn from the differences?” Continue reading

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