b/d Reversal

The tendency to reverse b and d is a huge embarrassment for older students who struggle to get the mirror image letters straight. On dyslexia discussion boards, the question keeps coming up, “How do we help our dyslexic students stop reversing b and d?” Letter and number reversal is something that tripped me up for years and I have evidence still in a scrapbook which I started at the age of 6 or 7. (Apologies to middle aged Canadians who … Read More

Spelling words with ough

This is a slightly modified excerpt from That Spelling Thing, a book of spelling strategies for the classroom, offering an alternative to look/say/cover/write/check. It’s written for teachers of any subject from middle primary to adult education and doesn’t require any literacy expertise. However, I’m assured there’s lots of content for teachers who are already teaching spelling. The book is due for publication in January. Bundling by tricky code <ough> isn’t a common grapheme but it occurs in very common words … 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

The Long and Short of Vowels

Alison Clarke of Spelfabet wrote this great post about vowels. If you read it, I don’t have to explain my 20 different vowels to you. They sound different from Alison’s but I have them – and so do you, give or take. I wanted to give my own brief rationale for not using the terms “long” and “short” in remedial setting of That Reading Thing. Our learners are all older and the only ones who might actually need the terminology … Read More

Spelling Error Analysis

Jules Daulby (@JulesDaulby) has written interesting posts about the kinds of spelling mistakes students make when writing. It got me wondering how well my ideas of how to teach spelling from scratch stand up against actual mistakes, so I’ve made a 7 minute VideoScribe to look at how I’d categorise those errors and correct them using a multi-sensory, linguistic phonics spelling method. (Based on the first 2 of Jules’ posts.) Watch the video  Here’s a summary of the errors:   … Read More

Why the Changes at That Reading Thing?

That Reading Thing is now global and online. That means anyone in the English speaking world can deliver this proven effective literacy method to teens and adults who are struggling readers and spellers. They can access the full TRT training and all the materials for a fraction of the previous cost. As is often the case, this change was inspired by a difficulty that needed surmounting – in this situation, drastic funding cuts to both education and youth work. I … Read More

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