Thinking Differently, Embracing Learning Differences
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'Highest performance score in state' despite widespread condemnation of the supposedly 'controversial' Speech Sound Pics Approach
" Training changed the way I teach and I would never teach another way.."
Statistics show nearly half of Australians between the ages of 15 and 74 still can't read well enough to follow a recipe or understand instructions on medication.
Schools using this approach are changing lives, often taking a risk by defying 'recommendations' made by education system 'decision makers', in order put the needs of children above $$$ and politics. But guess what? The system is changing! Why? We see things differently, and embrace differences.
Suddenly I saw things differently, and because I saw differently, I thought differently, I felt differently, I behaved differently. - Author: Stephen R. Covey
So why not launch the Speech Sound Pics (SSP) Approach in the UK? Why instead focus on rolling out free dyslexia screening, providing free early intervention, and catching those upper primary-aged students before they move to secondary school unable to cope with the literacy demands of the curriculum?
Simply put, this SSP approach is NOT 'synthetic phonics'; the method currently mandated by the DfE for government-funded schools. All of the Aussie schools sharing their data and feedback had previously been using those DfE-recommended programmes (also now being recommended widely across Australia). Being neurodivergent, Miss Emma is not constrained by conventional thinking, or a desire to fit in; she is, instead, going 'around' the system, getting help directly to those who need it the most. Perhaps this will then evoke discussions about whether there are more effective ways to meet the needs of dyslexic learners in primary school. Perhaps the existing plan needs to be questioned? Perhaps it is time to do things differently in the UK too?
“Take that old sales pitch from Apple computers. 'Think different.' It's a nice sentiment for children, but what happens in real life? You come back proudly holding up what you found, but then people cover their eyes and scream, 'No, no! We didn't really mean for you to think different!' The truth is, if you just want to be weird on the surface, that's fine. They'll pay you handsomely as long as you go with the flow. But don't call the plan into question, otherwise they have to rewrite everything.”
― Philip Wyeth, Reparations Core
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