Stop the Guessing

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The ‘go to’ strategy for many poor readers is to guess unknown words, often based on the first few letters of the word. For example, they may read ‘super’ instead of ‘surprise’ or ‘purpose’ instead of ‘pursue’. The substitute words … Continued

Decoding Vowels

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The vowels are ‘a’, ‘e’, ‘i’, ‘o’, ‘u’ and sometimes ‘y’ acts as a vowel (‘y’ acts as a vowel when it sounds like a vowel – sunny, sky, pyramid).  A short vowel is the basic common sound given to … Continued

The Power of Poems

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Word recognition and reading fluency are essential skills for reading competency and both of these factors influence comprehension.  Poetry is a writing form that is infrequently used in the teaching of reading and yet it is well suited for teaching … Continued

Stolen Sentences

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This is a really simple idea for helping students develop more interesting and complex sentences. Make a pile of strips of paper and coloured markers readily available. As you read stories aloud, encourage students to note sentences that ‘speak to … Continued

Seven Keys to Explanations

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In his book, How To Explain Absolutely Anything to Absolutely Anyone: The art and science of teacher explanation, Andy Tharby suggests that there are 7 keys to effective explanations: 1. Strong subject knowledge Teachers need to be able to understand … Continued