Thursday, September 30, 2021

A Postmortem of my Twitter discussion with Alanna Maurin

December 23rd 2020.

Luqman Michel:

Your son has no acuity problems - right?

Let us start this with a simple exercise - just for me to see what his problem may be.

Write the letters on a book and ask him for the letter sounds from A to Z.

Record it and then send it to me and we can go on from there.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Tips to an Australian teacher


Here is our chat which is self-explanatory. It started on December 23rd 2020 and ended on January 30th 2021.

Her profile on Twitter says:

Australian Teacher. Highly Accomplished. Passion for literacy. Master Reading and Literacy. Mother of 4 boys. Out-of-field secondary science. Joined (Twitter) December 2020

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Role of Orthographic Mapping in Learning to Read (Part 1)


The following are extracts from a blog post found here.

Every word has three forms – its sounds (phonemes), its orthography (spelling), and its meaning. Orthographic mapping is the process that all successful readers use to become fluent readers. Through orthographic mapping, students use the oral language processing part of their brain to map (connect) the sounds of words they already know (the phonemes) to the letters in a word (the spellings). They then permanently store the connected sounds and letters of words (along with their meaning) as instantly recognizable words, described as “sight vocabulary” or “sight words”. (Internet)

With orthographic mapping of a word, the letters we see with our eyes and the sounds we hear in that word get processed together as a sight word and are stored together in the brain. This is not the same as memorizing just the way a word looks. It is also important to remember that orthographic mapping is a mental process used to store and remember words. It is not a skill, teaching technique, or activity you can do with students (Kilpatrick, 2019). What can be taught are phonemic awareness and phonics skills which enable orthographic mapping.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Phonological Awareness – A discussion with Dr. Michael Paff

Is Phonological Awareness Deficit the cause of kids being unable to read?

Phonological awareness is the foundation for learning to read. Read more here.

It’s the ability to recognize and work with sounds in spoken language.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Phonics and Whole Language - Tweets by Londonjohn vs. Dr. Michael Paff


The following tweets were exchanged on Twitter. I followed it without commenting as it sounded like kids fighting with one another. It reminded me of the Indian prince who caught a three legged rabbit and insisted that all rabbits are 3 legged.

Here are the tweets and my comments.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Discussion and comments deleted by Dyslexia Advocate Bethany Lee


What a bad habit many people from the Anglo sphere seem to possess?

Many on Social Media delete discussions and comments when they are unable to respond to questions.

All the discussion with Bethany Lee (Beth Any) on her Facebook were deleted all of a sudden.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Jerry Von Kroff - my Facebook discussion (1)


Monday, September 6, 2021

Does More Money Buy Better Public Education (1)

Here are extracts from part 1 (this should have come before part 2) and my comments.

Some of these folks are experienced educators.  But many of them derive their beliefs from the newspapers, from pundits and commentators, from business interests and various other interest groups.

My comment:

Friday, September 10, 2021

Jerry Von Korff Facebook discussion with Luqman Michel


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Does More Money Buy Better Education--Minneapolis edition(2)

Luqman Michel

Jerry Von Korff, do you know what you mean by students with dyslexia? Would you like to discuss this matter openly right here?

Note: This post is to ensure that my comments will not be deleted like it has been on many of the FB comments I have made. Bethany Lee, a dyslexia advocate, is the latest to delete all my comments and her responses from FB.


Saturday, September 4, 2021

The Shameful practice of many Americans

Here is a post I had written on 3.8.2020 which I had not published.
One of the most shameful practices of many American Educators is the fact that they bury their heads in the ground when they are cornered by questions they cannot respond to.

Reid Lyon and David Boulton of the Children of the Code fame are just two of the many.

My comment on David Boulton's 'Children of the Code' was deleted after a few months.
 How can anyone accept the stupid statements made by David Boulton such as the following:

Children of the Code avoided advocating solutions so as not to be dismissed as having an agenda other than learning deeper into the challenge.
It has been 15 years since the project started and how much longer do they need?

Timothy Shanahan ignores comments which he cannot respond to. He wants empirical evidence to prove that consonants should not be taught with extraneous sounds.
That sounds really silly coming from a so-called educator. Read one of many posts on him here.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

My email to IDA Ontario in 2018 and my tweet to Alicia Smith on 30.8.2021


Alicia Smith @AliciaFromTiny.

She is the current President, International Dyslexia Association – Ontario.

Her twitter account says: ‘This is my personal account, thoughts and opinions posted are my own.’