Response to an Anti-Phonixxer

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A friend on social media sent me this piece from the Washington Post and asked what I thought. Here’s a quick and somewhat gut-felt response. First, I have some sympathy with her about the education system; it doesn’t work well for everyone. I also have some sympathy with her feelings about what I’d call the medicalization of education. There’s far too much “diagnosing” of children who can’t read. Some people are genuinely dyslexic and have real glitches that make it … Read More

The Importance of -tion

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That Spelling Thing is coming soon and here’s one of the things we’ll be discussing. Whenever I get talking to a teacher about spelling, I offer them my brilliant idea that every school should, in the first couple of weeks of the first term, have a “-tion Day” when each first year student and teacher will adopt a useful word ending in -tion. By the end of the day they will know what it means, how to say it naturally, … Read More

One of the best moments of my life…

Recently, I received the immeasurable gift of chatting with a woman who’d come to That Reading Thing unable to read the word ‘is’. No one outside her immediate family knew her secret and, during her first TRT session, she wept just trying to articulate to her tutor that she couldn’t read or write. At Port Reach’s celebration evening, supported by her tutor, she stood in front of a roomful of people and told her story. By her own account, she … Read More

Where Reading Can Take You

A taste of what can happen in a That Reading Thing lesson The Deal in That Reading Thing is: “you never have to know anything we haven’t learned together”. The flip side of The Deal is that students do need to know what we have learned together – and the result is often higher expectation than our students have ever experienced before.  That high expectation is reflected in our choice of reading material. That Reading Thing intentionally tries to take … Read More

Conquering the “Dirty 30” Misspelled Words #3

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Post #2 dealt with the 22 straightforward words on the “Dirty 30” list and now we have to get real about the trickier ones. Words are tricky to spell – or behave unpredictably – for a couple of reasons. Pronunciation/Diction This might be un-pronounced sounds like in government mispronounced or mixed up sounds like in environment (we say enviernment) or whole syllables which seem to have disappeared like in business or a combination like in Wednesday. On the Dirty 30 … Read More

Conquering the “Dirty 30” Misspelled Words #2

In this post, I’m going to talk about spelling, but for more difficult words or working with weaker students, you’d do them as puzzles. Also, your students may prefer another way to split the syllables but I’m doing it the way I prefer. There’s more on puzzles and syllables in TRT for Teachers, the little e-book of strategies for classroom teachers. (cheap & short!) (now only £1.99 – link takes you to the website.) You can also go here for … Read More

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