Sunday, May 31, 2020

Why the obsession with Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP)?



The following was posted by a teacher from OZ on Twitter.

This SSP mania has been hugely harmful to learners. I am yet to find ten year old struggling learners who don’t know their letter sounds! Aa apple, Bb ball, Cc cat – it is this letter sound teaching that they continue to employ that causes many to struggle.




Emails to Prof. Jennifer Buckingham



Note: This is a follow up on my post yesterday. The following email exchanges were on phonological awareness deficit and not on phonics.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Jennifer Buckingham Tweets on 28.5.2020


Here is a tweet by Jennifer Buckingham on 28.5.2020


Jennifer Buckingham@buckingham_j

Anyone wondering why the 'reading wars' have gone on so long, look no further. Academics involved in teacher education publish an article arguing that wanting all children to be able to read is about creating "normative citizens".



I tweeted as follows:

@buckingham_j

 I have told you that it is not phonics that is the problem but you won't come down your ivory tower to listen to people with experience.
Read my post on the debate between you and @jeffrey_bowers


Phew! Finally, a response after many tagging and tweets by me.


@buckingham_j Replying to @lomas_scot @luqmanmichel and @jeffrey_bowers

Luqman, we had a dialogue via email some time ago. I have listened to your point of view and responded. I don’t see any benefit in going over it again.

(Note: Did she read my post above about the debate between her and Jeffrey? Did she actually read my emails to her and her reply in 2018 before tweeting the above? How do we end the reading wars if we do not seriously discuss matters raised?)


I responded as follows:
@luqmanmichel Replying to @buckingham_j @lomas_scot and @jeffrey_bowers


Thank you very much for your response. Yes, we did email each other in July 2018 with regard to phonological awareness deficit.
This is about the recent debate between you and Jeffrey.
I am all for phonics but I believe that many like Jeffrey 1/x

continue to say "The consistent misrepresentation of science in support of phonics is really quite extraordinary"
when in fact it is not phonics that is the problem but the way that pronunciation of phonemes is taught. 2/x


What are you as a researcher doing about this problem?
Are you going to see to it that you can reduce the number of schools teaching the pronunciation of phonemes wrongly as being done by RRF in the UK 3/x


Tomorrow I shall post the email discussions that Jennifer Buckingham mentioned above and you can see for yourselves if there is any connection to my recent tweets.


Note: I understand from a LinkedIn connection, ElizabethNonweiler, that the RRF is making some progress in getting schools to teach phonics correctly. Here is part of a message from her to me received this April.
 
‘Now I am on the Council for English Hubs. The English Hubs are based in 34 high-performing schools around England and are responsible for improving the early teaching of reading in poor-performing schools. The government in England is on the right track, but there are still many schools that teach early reading badly.  My job on the Council is to advise the government about the running of the hubs, as one of two "reading experts". It constantly amazes me to know that I have gone from teaching little children in the classroom to advising the government in England.’


Friday, May 29, 2020

Ableism (A tweet by Pamela Snow) Continued



Here is my tweet in response to the tweet by Pamela Snow which you may refer here.

I think it is discrimination against the able bodied and not in favour of able bodied. I am talking about the majority of kids who are wrongly classified as dyslexic. These are the really smart kids. (Luqman Michel)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Ableism (A tweet by Pamela Snow)



Here is a tweet by Pamela Snow on 26.5.2020 which I happened to read.

Pamela Snow @PamelaSnow2

Let's call out "neoliberal ableism" nonsense on effective reading instruction wherever we see it. It is a cancer in the lives of children who need competent reading instruction. Let's also stop dumbing down the process of reading & robbing teachers of their rightful knowledge. 


Sunday, May 24, 2020

The endless war Jennifer Buckingham vs Jeffrey Bowers


                                           
                                                                 当局者迷,旁观者

The following is extracted from Dr. Jennifer Buckingham’s Blog post. There has been a debate going on between Jennifer and Jeffrey.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Learning to read via analyses



The following are two video clips of a Filipino lady who has been in Australia for a number of years.
As mentioned in my post several times, the pronunciation of phonemes is taught wrongly in most countries around the world.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Dr. David Boulton vs Luqman Michel Lies do not like to face truth




Here is another comment by David
    Dr. David Boulton:

    I have been bombarded over the years with people 'certain' that if only their way was adopted (spelling reform to instructional method) everyone would be great readers. I don't have the time or interest in being the object such people want to stroke themselves with. I am clear and on the record for decades re what is the reason children struggle to read English. If as you say you have been through my work you'd know that. I appreciate that you help people. I don't want to engage further with you. I am not interested in being a platform for self aggrandizing. I wish you all the best.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Definition of grapheme and phoneme



I believe I now know why I have been getting lukewarm reception of educators in the US, the UK and Australia. I believe most of them do not understand what I mean when I say that the pronunciation of phonemes of consonants is not taught correctly.

  You cannot teach phonics of any kind if the pronunciation of phonemes is taught wrongly. 

Sound symbol skills + Oral blending ability = Basic phonics skills.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Relevant Tweets on phonics



Below are a few tweets I picked up from Twitter.

7.5.2020
John Cosgrove @johncosgrove405 Replying to @juliangrenier and  @tes

In almost 40 years of teaching, I never met a teacher who was anti-phonics. But I have known many children who struggled to read despite phonics (and not from bad teaching). Framing the debate as an all or nothing "war" is probably unhelpful.
 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Reading progress of one of my students.

Allison was one of four students I tutored in 2018. She came to me in the middle of primary 2 unable to read even a sentence or spell even one Dolch word.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Hurray! A solution to the Reading Wars by Dr. David Boulton



This is a revisit of Dr.David Boulton’s response in 2017

    Dr. David Boulton’s response:
    Learning-Activist, Non-Profit Executive Director, Theorist, Technologist, Author, Consultant, PD…
    I concern myself with all children (2/3 of U.S. kids) who do not reach grade level proficiency (reading transparent to learning at their grade level). https://youtu.be/yjjtHytskqs

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Reading is unnatural



Here are extracts from Children of the Code published about 20 years ago.Let us bear in mind that the interviewer is Dr. David Boulton.


Dr.G.Reid Lyon
Number one, we know that reading is complex. And most people give it short shrift as I did when I was a third grade teacher. I just took it for granted. It’s one of the most complex, unnatural cognitive interactions that brain and environment have to coalesce together to produce. (G. Reid Lyon, Past- Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch of the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, National Institutes of Health)
 

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Naked Emperor: Not Wanting to Know What We Know



The ‘Naked Emperor’ is a deeply insightful story that exposes how we can know something yet refuse to acknowledge that we know it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Grade one kid in Australia continued


The kid who I wrote about earlier came back yesterday for his class after an absence of 4 weeks due to the Covid situation.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Responding to Jeffrey Bower's Tweet



Jeffrey Bowers is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Bristol
On 2.3.2020 I read a blog post by Jeffrey Bowers dated February 2020.
I then wrote an article and posted it on my blog which can be read here.

Helping Teachers Understand the Code (Louisa Moats)


This is a continuation of the interview of Louisa Moats by David Boulton.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Teaching Dolch words to a Grade one kid in Australia





I don’t understand why the phonics proponents are insistent upon not allowing other methods in addition to phonics that may further improve outcomes for children.  

 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Visual memory and reading



Visual memory is a form of memory that preserves some aspects of our senses pertaining to visual experience. We are able to place in memory visual information that resembles objects, places, animals or people in a mental image.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

How to memorise Dolch words (most frequently used words)



 Edward William Dolch derived a list of most frequently used words in the 1930s. The Dolch list includes conjunctions, prepositions, pronouns, adverbs, adjectives and verbs; it includes 220 words. He referred to these words as “tool” or “service” words because they are used in all writing regardless of subject matter.

Monday, May 4, 2020

‘Ending the Reading Wars’ Part 3 Frequently used words



This is a continuation of my previous post. Here is an extract from the Report by the three ladies, Kathleen Rastle, Anne Castle, Kate Nation and my comments.


Sunday, May 3, 2020

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Ending the Reading Wars by Anne Castles, Kathleen Rastle, Kate Nation



Juliet Palethorpe replied as follows in a tweet to me.

 I think you’ll find summaries of the research on reading instruction to date dispute your view.

I read the article twice and did not see anything that disputes what I had written on. I then tweeted Juliet Palethorpe asking her to please let me know exactly which of my views the article disputed but did not receive any response.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Idiots, Tribes or citizens



"There are three kinds of people in any given society.

This was first identified and supported by the founders of democracy in Ancient Greece.