OK we have a gloomy picture, from the #PISA report, of our ability to teach good #literacy, #numeracy and #science to 15 year olds this time. Lets learn from this and look at why we haven’t progressed in the last decade.
Asian progress is held up as being successful, but has anyone else looked at the language and character structure? Complicated sandscipt type character sets, necessitate you developing excellent mental images from a young age, if you are to master around 5,000 characters. English has a mere 26 characters and 9 numbers and our children and doctors (!) often struggle to write those in a way they can be read. So what is the difference that makes the difference. GOOD #MENTAL IMAGES. We don’t teach our #teachers how to help our children develop good mental images for #words, #numbers, #comprehension, study skills, etc. When teachers learn this skill a child’s progress in literacy and numeracy will accelerate dramatically and turbocharge any other phonics work, that is only needed for new words. The words our young children struggle with they have seen hundreds of times before, but have not learnt the skill to visual them that is needed for rapid, #reading, #spelling etc.
Take a look at some of these articles for details of the report:
If you want to learn more about mental imagery go to http://www.empoweringlearningco.uk and talk with the experts. You won’t believe how easy this is to implement in school.