Tuesday, August 25, 2020

My 2018 prediction coming true?


On August 22 Narelle Lynch from Australia tweeted about Australia’s recent dramatic decline in literacy. I was not able to read the supporting article as I am not a subscriber. It is found here. 

And today 25.8.2020 I read a similar article about kids turning off reading in New Zealand. You may read it here.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Mark Seidenberg on 'How the brain learns to read' and my comments.


On 20.8.2020 I read a tweet that said; .

You can find the YouTube video at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1080&v=Pk9ikyVdeIw&feature=emb_logo

‘Last week @markseidenberg presented a talk titled "Can Reading Research Improve Literacy Outcomes?" at the Wisconsin Joint Legislative Council's symposia series on early literacy policies. Exciting to see the interest in science!’

Mark Seidenberg is from the University of Wisconsin.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

‘Never lose a holy curiosity’


After I had surfed the internet to find out the number of entries for my previous post I decided, out of curiosity, to search for ‘Phonics Luqman Michel’.

There were more than 50 entries.

 I was pleasantly surprised to see my comments in blogs dating back to 2010.

I found the TN Foundational Skills Curriculum Supplement.


Friday, August 21, 2020

When phonics doesn't work?


On 18.8.2020 I chanced upon a tweet by londonjohn @londonjohn9 dated Aug 2, 2020.

Replying to @Suchmo83

I'm given pupils who have had up to 2 years of phonics instruction and can barely read a word. I never use a decodable book to get them reading.

The above is nothing new to me as all my past students also had phonics instructions and were unable to read when they came to me for tuition.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Tennessee Foundational Skills


In preparation of an article to post on my blog I googled ‘Phonics Luqman Michel’ and saw more than 50 entries including the following.

I shall write more on this in the next few days but meanwhile parents who have children in kindergarten and prekindergarten are urged to read the material found here.


 The highlights in bold is my doing.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Robert J Marzano’s strategy for teachers


I believe teachers and administrators can benefit from Marzano’s teaching strategies.

We need to give our students the tools they need to be successful in the classroom and beyond.

On 16.8.2020 Dr.Sam Bommarito tweeted the following.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Dogmatic attitude of an educator


On 6.8.2020 I wrote an article on Ego which you may read here.

It talks about some important phrases we should learn and use as we learn and grow.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

International Literacy Association (ILA) Explaining Phonics Instruction


In a blog post on 9.8.2020 by Dr. Sam Bommarito I saw a post with a link to an article by International Literacy Association which you may read in full here.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

'So if phonics doesn't work...what then?' (The Ape)


The above title is from an article by ‘The Reading Ape blog’ on April 27th 2020, that you can find here.

It was tweeted by Dianne Murphy on 5.8.2020 in her blog ‘The Literacy Echo Chamber’

Here are a few extracts and my comments.

Thursday, August 6, 2020


The following image is from a post on Twitter by Nitu Bhojwani,


What is it that gets in the way of saying any of the phrases above?

Saturday, August 1, 2020

John Walker and Stephen Parker vs. Luqman Michel on letter names.

John Walker, in his weblog had a post in June 2019 titled ‘Advocating the teaching of letter names to children just entering school is crass’.

You may read the whole post here.


Why would any sane person call teaching letter names to children just entering school as crass?