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Segregation and stereotypes 

QT is trying to be controversial. – so was Toby Young when he called pupils with SEN troglodytes.  But when does controversy actually become plain offensive? When does controversy perpetuate stereotypes of students with learning difficulties?  And when does controversy forget that the group they are offending are children? And children with the least resources …

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Teaching Assistants 

I’ve been reading a lot about deployment of TAs recently the Keyinsights article set me off and I’ve followed the great links to the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and others.  So, I’ve done some reading.  I have also discussed this on numerous occasions with Twitter colleagues. So I’ve sought opinions and advice.  I think most would …

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The Last Post (on this anyway)

I’m responding to this where @thinkreadtweet replies to a blog I wrote about dysteachia. We’re in danger of playing ping pong at who is the most successful at teaching children to read I know. But @thinkreadtweet says children with low intelligence cannot be taught to read and I vehemently disagree.  I’ve taught lots of students with SEN …

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‘The Challenges of learning to read and write in English’ – notes from Dr Powell’s keynote

Dr Daisy Powell of Reading University gave this talk at Imperial College last Saturday. I can’t hope to cover all Dr Powell’s keynote but will attempt to summarise the salient points (I have omitted the writing research which I’d like to cover at a later date – but let’s just say it’s linked to reading …

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Day 28 – logic or instinct – let tech help – Assistive Technology #28daysofwriting

Well I’ve come to the end of my 28 day series. An idea started by @tombarrett and picked up and run with by @staffrm, @mrlockyer & @pepsmccrea. And the final push I needed was @ictevangelist’s tweet offering a free Staffrm mug for anyone who manages the full #28daysofwriting. I have been encouraged daily by @digitaldaisies …

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Day 25 – #28daysofwriting Assistive Technology Series

I have been very postive about Assistive Technology so far but it would be dishonest of me to finish this series without admitting to the problems. People sceptical of tech do have valid concerns and I don’t think I get it right all the time. On top of that, students change – technology they were …

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Day 24 – the right equipment #28daysofwriting Assistive Technology

I have been writing about various technologies in this series so I thought it was time to give some examples of assessments highlighting students’ needs with examples of the type of equipment I’d recommend (these are not real students). Samuel Samuel clearly shows good understanding in class and contributes well to discussions. In addition, his …

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Day 22 Book Creator for SEN – #28daysofwriting – Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology does not always have to be specifically with a need in mind. I think tablets have revolutionised SEN practices in the classroom; they allow students with complex needs to access the curriculum and participate in the classroom. I also think it has (or should) have changed the role of the TA – preparing …

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Day 20 – Can’t Write Won’t Write #28daysofwriting Assistive Technology Series

I’ve been busy today being all #teacher5aday, the initiative run by @MartynReah. So this is a quickie. I blogged about ‘How to train your Dragon’ on Day 4. Using speech recognition takes practice and lots of training – it works brilliantly but not straight away. It also gets better with age as it begins to …

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Day 19 – Speaking Dictionary – #28daysofwriting – Assistive Technology

Some students who use speech recognition (Day 4 – How to train your Dragon) may not wish to use this tech in the classroom. I do encourage where possible – see this video which, although old, explodes the myth that it can’t be used in class. Understandably however some students wish to be a little …

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