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Learning to Read is More Than Phonics

Learning to Read is More Than Phonics

By Dylan Wiliam In 2010, a Guardian reporter quoted me as saying that “no skilled reader uses phonics.” Obviously, this was rubbish. What I actually told the journalist was that no skilled reader relies entirely on phonics. What is rather irritating was that I had a...

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The Epicenter Isn’t Really a Big Center

The Epicenter Isn’t Really a Big Center

By Dylan Wiliam There is a long-standing schism amongst people who write dictionaries. Some think dictionaries ought to provide the correct usage of words, while others think dictionaries should reflect how words are used. For example, the word meld, which used to...

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The Real Priority: Helping Every Teacher Improve

The Real Priority: Helping Every Teacher Improve

By Dylan Wiliam The Panorama program “Can I sack teacher?”(broadcast on BBC on July 5, 2010) made a big play out of the fact that only a handful of teachers have been struck off for incompetence. Doctors and lawyers are generally struck off for negligence, not lack of...

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Dr. Dylan Wiliam: Are Assessments Value-Laden?

Dr. Dylan Wiliam: Are Assessments Value-Laden?

By Dylan Wiliam Cherryholmes, Berlak, and others suggest that assessments are, inevitably, value-laden. Berlak says, “But as Cherryholmes argues, it is not only that subjective judgments are involved; it is also that constructs themselves are products of power and...

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More Questions From My Readers

More Questions From My Readers

By Dylan Wiliam If you missed last month's post, click here to see the first few questions I addressed. This month, I'll answer a few more questions that readers have sent me recently. Question 4 As a school administrator for more than 20 years now, I find it is...

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First Round of Questions From My Readers

First Round of Questions From My Readers

By Dylan Wiliam Question 1 I know you’re from the UK and have spent a lot of time in various countries overseas. Can you share a little bit about your experiences and key accomplishments in the United States? Answer 1 In 2003, I started working as Senior Research...

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