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Supporting Student Cognitive Load

Cognitive load theory helps us understand how to maximise student's opportunities for learning. When we are sensitive to the amount and type of information that students can process we support them to engage fully in classroom instruction and minimise the need for extra intervention. In the following video I discuss cognitive load, working memory and… Continue reading Supporting Student Cognitive Load

Reading Intervention that Works

There are no easy answers when it comes to supporting a wide variety of student needs. There are especially no miraculous methods to supporting students who are struggling to learn to read. In this video I take you through several options to provide support and outline the criteria of effective reading intervention. You can… Continue reading Reading Intervention that Works

Video Post – If Only We Had Known

When we went to university we assumed that we were being prepared to teach children to read. The reality is that we weren't. We weren't being prepared to teach reading and we weren't being prepared to support students struggling to learn to read. In this video I bring you a list of the things that,… Continue reading Video Post – If Only We Had Known

Your 8 Step Action Plan to Support Students Struggling with Fluency

Word level fluency is built through study of the alphabetic code and developing the ability to blend with ease, NOT through learning a range of ‘sight words’ as global shapes.

Evidence Based Practice – The Prevention and the Cure

We have all heard the saying that prevention is better than cure.  This is equally true for preventing reading difficulty as it is for polio.  Systematic synthetic phonics is more than just a nice way to teach reading. It is a method that is effective for over 95% of students in our classrooms and, when… Continue reading Evidence Based Practice – The Prevention and the Cure

Setting Goals for Reading Success

In my last post I wrote about some of the signs that a child may be a struggling reader.  There are two usual causes of a reading challenge; a learning difficulty or not having been taught the alphabetic code and how to use it.  Teachers are not diagnosticians or psychologist and so aren’t qualified to… Continue reading Setting Goals for Reading Success

6 Signs of a Struggling Reader

Statistics show us that there are many children not reading at the appropriate level for their age. By the time these children reach adulthood they have often become part of the 48% of adults who cannot read well enough to participate fully in their everyday lives.  This alarming statistic does not have to be a… Continue reading 6 Signs of a Struggling Reader

Don’t Wait For Them to Fail

We all know that children progress at different rates.  I am yet to find the magical class of children who all learn everything I teach them at the same rate. Every teacher has children with a range of learning needs who we reflect on and worry about and who need a little more. Some children… Continue reading Don’t Wait For Them to Fail

Sustainable Literacy Routines

Our teaching day is busy; often crazy busy.  The bigger your school, the more complex your timetable.  Trying to manage the requirements of your day can feel like an absolute nightmare. Trying to plan and prepare for all of this can sometimes leave you feeling exhausted and hopeless.   If you find yourself frantically searching… Continue reading Sustainable Literacy Routines

60 Seconds of Strategy – Rehearsal

We don't always have time to read blog posts, but we can all find 60 seconds to learn a little something! Links to help you learn a little more about rehearsal Semantic memory vs episodic memory Semantic Memory Episodic Memory To find out when the next 60 seconds of strategy clip will be published… Continue reading 60 Seconds of Strategy – Rehearsal