How to teach high-frequency words | Tami Reis-Frankfort

High-frequency words are common words in our language. Many teachers believe that it is useful for children to learn to read and spell these words as soon as possible.  The problem is that many of these words have complex spellings.  This means that children may find it difficult to read and spell them until they have been introduced to the spellings in those words.  Teachers may resort to asking children to learn these words as whole words by their shape. It is no surprise that many children struggle to learn these words and if they do manage to learn them for the spelling test – they soon…

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Questions about the efficacy of phonics | Tami Reis-Frankfort

If you are not convinced that phonics works for everyone or feel that you have tried it and still some of your pupils struggle – here are answers to often held views about teaching to read with synthetic phonics.  Professor Pamela Snow addresses each argument.

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Why no one can really multi task | Tami Reis-Frankfort

Young people today are obsessed with social media, constantly switching from school work to Face Book, texting, Instagram or whatever the latest cool gadget is on their phones.  How does this affect their learning? They tell their parents and teachers that they are multi-tasking.  But is this actually true?

Read this  interesting article by David Didau about this important issue.  This had added implications for children with learning disabilities.

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It’s time all teachers had a good grasp of synthetic phonics | Tami Reis-Frankfort

Five years after the introduction of synthetic phonics into classrooms, it is time that teachers made it their business to have a good understanding of synthetic phonics and what science tells us about effective ways to teach reading.

Read this short article on the Phonics Blog by  Mike Lloyd-Jones.

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Essentials that NQTs need to know about teaching reading | Tami Reis-Frankfort

Are NQTs equipped with what they absolutely need to know about reading when they leave Teacher Training?

John Walker discusses ‘threshold concepts’ – the fundamentals that a teacher needs to master in order to be able to teach reading effectively.  These include an understanding of how the English Phonic Code is structured and what  skills children must practice to become fluent, independent readers.

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