Two weeks ago, I took time to have a look at Singapore approach to teaching maths at a one-day professional development course for teachers of maths. It was delivered by Dr Yeap Ban Har, who, according to the website mathz4kidzblog, worked for the ‘National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore for more than… Continue reading Singapore maths
Here‘s a super series of shorts giving a history of English in ten minutes. Man! Don’t ya just love the Open University! For those interested in debates around language, the OU’s Open Learn also offers a range of discussions.
I didn’t realise that we have our own version of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Apparently, The Times newspaper has been running the Times Spelling Bee competition, now in its third year. Having already come through the locals and the semi-finals, the eleven finalist teams fought out the Grand Final in the O2 Arena. The… Continue reading The Times Spelling Bee
This morning’s Today programme carried a short piece featuring Alex Bellos, author of the highly entertaining Alex’s Adventures in Numberland. Alex has been asked about his favourite number so many times, he decided to set up an online survey to find out if people have favourite numbers and what they are. Although he doesn’t have… Continue reading Off piste – favourite number
Sounds-Write now has a page on facebook.
Looks as if Tricia Millar has revamped her ThatReadingThing website. For years Tricia has been specialising in working with older children and young adults struggling with literacy and, as you’d expect with a linguistic phonic approach, Tricia is reporting very creditable gains for some of the young people trained using her programme.
What is it that participants in the Scripps National Spelling Bee worry about more than most? Why, the dreaded schwa, of course! What is a schwa and why would it cause problems for spellers? Well, to begin with, schwas are the most frequently occurring vowel sounds in the English language and they are always associated… Continue reading The dreaded schwa
It’s the time of year again when they sort the proverbial sheep from the goats at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Though, if you watch video footage, courtesy of the Telegraph, you’d be hard pressed to find a single sheep, so prodigious are the contestants’ skills. Last year I reported that Anamika Veeramani, having tripped… Continue reading Simples!
My old friend Alan Gibbons, writer of what I would describe as teen fiction, has just sent an email publicising his new book, An Act of Love. You can see a video synopsis of it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq98Fant39MIf it’s anything like the Shadow of the Minotaur, it’ll be a good ‘un!You can read more about Alan… Continue reading An Act of Love
Two days ago the Evening Standard underscored exactly how serious the problem of illiteracy is in London. Its report, which confined itself to the situation in the capital, claimed that: one in four children is ‘practically illiterate when they leave school’; that there are ‘one million adults in the capital who cannot read with confidence’;… Continue reading Reading and writing as Standard