Category Archives: Understanding literacy

Skimming and immersion in reading…

Also thought-provoking: “What’s important is that they [bookshops] survive, along with libraries, as brick-and-mortar entities. It’s crucial that they’re part of the visible fabric of our lives, as much for this generation as future ones. We learn by what we … Continue reading

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The importance of browsing

I found this thought-provoking and convincing: Children’s writer, Jacqueline Wilson, observed: “I think bookshops and libraries are vital. It seems so sad that so many libraries have been closed down and so many bookshops have disappeared. If children can’t see … Continue reading

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The medium is the massage

“Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication. The alphabet, for instance, is a technology that is absorbed by the very young child in a … Continue reading

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Interesting – some learning-to-read neuroscience

http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/how-children-learn-read

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I like nonsense

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.” – Dr Seuss Quoted p.186 Anat Baniel (2012) kids beyond limits: breakthrough results for children with autism, Asperger’s, brain damage, ADHD, and undiagnosed developmental delays. Perigee: New York

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What we know forms a resource for our imaginations

“The mind is an organ that perceives and feels as well as knows, and the three, along with other features of our mental lives, are combined in ways we haven’t the vaguest understanding of. What we know forms a resource … Continue reading

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Learning how to program is the new literacy

In a recent New Scientist (6 September 2014), Niall Firth describes a major shift in English curriculum and one which raises a number of questions around literacy… He writes: “This month, England is embarking on a big new experiment. Children … Continue reading

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Metaphor as a barometer of our personal and communal health

“Figurative language is surely more than an intellectual extravagance. It is as much a fiber of our very being as each of the countless neurons contained in our big, beautiful brains. Most fortunately, however, comprehension of novel expression serves as … Continue reading

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Defining language – theory of mind

“[L]anguage is a system of communication that enables one to understand, predict, and influence the action of others. Inherent in this definition is a concept of theory of mind: if communication is instinctual rather than having a purpose, then it … Continue reading

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The art of listening to stories

“Any fact or event, according to Alasdair MacIntyre, “becomes intelligible by finding its place in a narrative” (1981, p.196). And yet, developing the tool of narrative has tended to receive less attention than developing logical skills, which are seen to … Continue reading

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