Literacy

The Culture that Kills

It’s been a bit of a tough week for literacy giants Fountas and Pinnell. Firstly their products were reviewed by edreports.org and found to be wanting. That’s a pretty damning indictment right there. As a damage-control measure, the authors decided to try to ‘navigate to a place of clarity’ by producing some strange, very unclear …

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Sounds about Right

    I keep getting drawn into situations where I feel a need to defend my work. That’s what you get when you say things publicly, I guess. I don’t mind at all, because every time I get asked for comment, I get to refine my thinking on my works. But let me clarify a …

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Do Language for Life and The Writing Revolution disagree?

Since sentence diagramming is one of the major activities in the Language for Life book and course, I thought I’d respond to a point raised in The Writing Revolution (P14-15) about the authors’ reservations on this subject.  Firstly, I don’t think I disagree with the authors when they talk about the superiority of sentence combining …

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Independent Driving Activities for Learner Drivers

I often get asked to recommend ‘independent reading activities’ or ‘independent spelling activities’ for children learning to read and spell, and I’m always reminded of this article: A revolutionary driving school in Finland has smashed the traditional concept of learning to drive and is taking the world by storm. The state-funded School of Whole Driving, …

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The Correct Reading Alliance People: A New Bottle (spoiler: same old wine)

And now we cross live, for the launch of the Correct Reading Alliance People. Interviewer: I’d like to welcome Professor Donna Kruger to the launch of a visionary new initiative, called the Correct Reading Alliance People. Welcome, Professor Kruger. Professor Kruger: Thank you John, delighted to be here. I: So what exactly is the Correct …

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