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Harnessing the 4 Pillars in Phonics Instruction
In last week’s post, ‘Phonics without the Froo Froo’, I wrote about the need for phoneme grapheme instruction to be direct, simple and explicit. If you haven’t read that post, you can find it here. In this post I also outlined Stanislas Dehaene’s 4 pillars of learning. You can learn more about these pillars in his book, ‘How We Learn’.
This week, I’d like to take the discussion even further and evaluate some common classroom practices against Dr Dehaene’s 4 pillars to help you maximise the i…
No More Three Cueing! What's Next?
There has been a lot of talk lately about the very encouraging announcement that Arkansas in the United States has banned teach children the three cueing method in reading instruction. This means that teachers will need to find an alternative to teaching children to do any of the following:
- Look at the first letter, look at the picture and think about what makes sense
- Skip the word, read on and then come back after you think about what makes sense
- Trying a word that makes sense
- Using …