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Teacher blog – delivering the Think2Read programme

Think2Read’s Comprehension Skills ‘Reading Mission’ programme Module 1 in Year 2, St. Marys and St. Peters Catholic Primary School The children have completed module 1 and have really enjoyed the activities that they had to do in each session. The literal patroller’s focus on who, where and what within in each text helped the children…

Methods of Assessing Cognitive Aspects of Early Reading Development

S. Wren, 2002 SEDL   If all children are to become successful readers, teachers need to become extremely sophisticated and diagnostic in their approach to reading instruction. To help teachers develop a sophisticated understanding of the cognitive development that takes place as children learn to read, SEDL has created The Cognitive Foundations of Learning to…

Reading Comprehension: Nature, Assessment and Teaching

24 Apr 2012 – Snowling,Margaret. A1 – Cain,Kate. A1 – Nation,Kate.   The goal of reading is understanding. In order to understand print, a child must be able to decode the words on the page and to extract meaning. A large body of research focuses on how children learn to decode text and how best…

Guiding Classroom Instruction Through Performance Assessment

Journal of Case Studies in Accreditation and Assessment, Carol Oberg, University of La Verne   “Teachers, make it your first task to know your students better, for you surely do not know them” (Jean Jacques Rousseau in Ellis, 2001, p.67). Today’s classrooms provide unique challenges for teachers. Teachers must know content matter as well as state…

Why develop thinking skills and assessment for the classroom?

Welsh Assembly Government, 2010   The ability to learn and apply new skills effectively throughout our lives is a fundamental requirement for today’s generation living in an increasingly technological driven world. Successful lifelong learners need the ability to learn, whether in school, the workplace or at home. The information revolution and the restructuring of jobs…

Teaching Inference Skills in the Primary Years

Donna Thomson, Think2Read, 2006 The Think2Read team belief passionately that comprehension instruction and child-led discussion within facilitated role-focused groups is central to effective learning in the primary years. To comprehend is to ‘understand’ – to possess the tools to ‘understand’ means you can learn. For too long now, the education system has overlooked the necessity…

Effective teaching of inference and deduction skills for reading

Anne Kispal, 29 May 2008   Effective teaching of inference and deduction skills for reading: Literature review … study, was to review all that is known about inference and deduction. A literature review to uncover what is known about the reading skills of inference and deduction was conducted in late 2007, under contract to the Department…

Teaching Reading: What the evidence says

Henrietta Dombey and United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) colleagues, 2010 How should decisions about education be made? At first glance, there’s an obvious answer to this question: on the basis of experience and evidence. Thousands of teachers work every day with hundreds of thousands of pupils. Thousands of hours of educational research are spent looking…

Thinking To read, Reading to Think: Closing the learning & literacy gap

Donna Thomson, March 2013 (article for National Primary Head’s Association ‘The Primary Voice’ magazine) Although heartening to know that we have made improvements in literacy, (Ofsted’s: ‘Moving English Forward’ Report 2012), it was also dispiriting to hear that yet again, ‘..standards in English aren’t high enough and one in five children is not achieving the…