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Explicit teaching is inclusive

If you do a Google image search for Response to Intervention (RtI) or Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) you will return variations on the below...

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Are SEND children different?

It’s a truism in education to say that all children are different, and of course they are. Each child is a precious, unique individual with their own...

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What we’ve been reading

Nicola Bell ‘Fun and murder-y’ is a literary genre that I really enjoy, and I’ve been reading a lot of that type of book lately. One was The Bullet...

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What is the ‘Science of Reading?‘

That depends on who you talk to. There is no agreed upon definition. Nor is there any official body like the Académie Française that can dictate a...

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Editorial

When I was director of the Centre for Child Study at the University of Birmingham in the early 1980s, we took delivery of our first ‘departmental...

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Me and Reading Recovery

Teacher question: Would you do an article about your thoughts on the recent report about Reading Recovery? By Tim Shanahan Download PDF The first...

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Once more for the people at the back

It’s been a busy few weeks with respect to discussion and debate about literacy in the public domain. I have been interviewed a number of times by...

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Does The Writing Revolution work?

In 2017, Judith Hochman and Natalie Wexler published The Writing Revolution (TWR): a book outlining a new way of thinking about and teaching writing....

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Endeavouring to learn Morse*

By Kevin Wheldall, Joint Editor Download PDF During the Second World War, my (late) father served in Burma (now known as Myanmar) as a member of ‘the...

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How much phonics should I teach?

Teacher question: Teacher: I keep hearing about the science of reading and that I need to teach phonics (I’m a second-grade teacher). I’m okay with...

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Groundhog day for reading instruction

There are few things more disheartening in my work life than having to spend precious time unpicking and rebutting the destructive work of high...

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Reading is a human right

In 1961, the Ontario Human Rights Commission was formed to “prevent discrimination and to promote and advance human rights” in the Canadian province....

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When should reading instruction begin?

People sometimes raise the question of when the optimal time is for children to begin to learn to read. This is especially relevant for parents of...

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My unexpected journey

In the pre-COVID days, when I did face-to-face training, I would usually ask folks if they remembered learning to read. 99.99% of them reported no...

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A worm in your ear

Have you ever had a worm in your ear? Not a real live worm, of course (but commiserations if you have!). No, I mean what we commonly refer to as...

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Abandon our literacy myth

Why do many thousands of New Zealand adults have very poor literacy? An adherence to the whole language method of teaching literacy over many decades...

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Evidence and the real world

There is a growing appetite in Australia for more evidence-based policymaking in education. In particular, policymakers are often called on to use...

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Following the evidence

There are very few exceptions to the statement ‘everyone can learn to read and write’. Learning to read is one of the most studied human skills. We...

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Papering over the reading gap

Why using coloured paper and overlays might do more harm than good for students with reading difficulties. By James Murphy Download PDF I have been...

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On sequences of instruction

I received an interesting question from a third-grade teacher in Frankfort, Kentucky (US). She writes, “In my district we do not have a specific...

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What we’ve been reading

Jennifer Buckingham In my WWBR list this time is a book that has immediately become one of my favourite books ever. Frank Moorhouse’s Martini is a...

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Editorial

By Robyn Wheldall Download PDF My husband is a guinea pig My husband is a guinea pig and I’m very happy about it! This may sound like a strange thing...

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Why all children need school

I have the clearest memory of watching my two-year-old son exploring the back garden. A very thin twig was poking out from the hedge. He picked up a...

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Change management: The science of reading

“I want to align my practice to the Science of Reading, but I don’t have support from my administration team or colleagues … what do I do?” “I am a...

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Rebooting behaviour after lockdown

Delivering effective instruction – or even just making the classroom run smoothly – is difficult when educators are struggling with behaviour issues....

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Editorial

By Kevin Wheldall Download PDF Out of sight but not out of mind A common misconception about dyslexia is that it is typically to do with distorted...

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Editorial

How hard is it not to read? Every morning I stand in front of the bathroom mirror waiting for my electric toothbrush to tell me when the required two...

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Why phonology comes first

The very first essay I wrote in my undergraduate linguistics course was a defence of the English spelling system. My argument – inasmuch as my callow...

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The discipline of reading

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut...

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What we’ve been reading

Nicola Bell I recently finished an epic 72-hour audiobook collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. It was really enjoyable, even though – if I’m honest...

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The purpose of assessment in schools

The New South Wales (NSW) Legislative Council Education Committee recently launched an inquiry into measurement and outcome-based funding in NSW...

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Defining differentiation

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to attend the DSF (Dyslexia Speld Foundation) Language, Literacy and Learning conference in Perth. It was a time...

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Finding the fundamentals of reading

Debate over how to teach children to read has raged over the past 40 years. But what is the best practice for those children who are struggling with...

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The myth of the ‘growth mindset’

The concept of growth mindset has become hugely popular in recent years, but does it have a foundation in research? Tom Chivers Download PDF My son...

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In other words

I love words. Which is why I’d love to be on the side of the phonics-in-context debate that gets to define literacy as something like, ‘an ongoing...

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