OCT
12
2017

Why Tyrannosaurus But Not If: the book

You may have subscribed to Why Tyrannosaurus But Not If, a free 15 part course primarily aimed at teachers frustrated by the children that seem to have mysterious barriers to effective learning, written by Richard Whitehead, Director of Davis Learning Foundation.   This course answers questions and gives guidance about how to address the situation.
Richard Whitehead has now published a book of the same name with all this information and more, and is a great read for parents and teachers alike. Check it out here.

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JUL
23
2016

LiteracyApps guide for children under 5

The National Literacy Trust has launched an online app guide which recommends the best apps to support the early language and communication skills of children under five. As 100 apps are recommended, guidance on choosing a suitable one for your child is also available on their website. Visit www.literacyapps.org

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JUN
02
2016

The Tyrannosaurus Is Back!

This new one-day workshop, based on the Davis methods and linked to the popular online course, “Why ‘Tyrannosaurus’ But Not ‘If’?”, will take place again in Malvern, Worcestershire on 6th July 2016.
The workshop is recommended for SENCOs, Learning Support teachers, classroom teachers (primary
and secondary), private tutors and parents.

Cost of attendance is currently £50.00 and includes a detailed workshop manual. Email richard@davislearningfoundation.org.uk for further details.

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MAY
31
2016

The Raviv method

As part of my interest in the link between movement, memory and cognitive health, I have been studying the Raviv method over the past few months. It centres on the use of the ‘8-path’, an infinity walk, to optimise the brain’s readiness for learning. I am now a qualified Raviv practitioner and have some interesting strategies to add to my research into developing a workshop for cognitive health.

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MAY
23
2016

How To Get Better Sleep

There are a lot interesting articles on Renee van der Vloot’s website but I particularly like the one about How to Get Better Sleep: A Creative Person’s Guide.

 

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MAR
21
2016

Is there a link between perceptual talent and dyslexia?

I am delighted that my research article has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education (Vol 7 pp 34-48, 2016)

I undertook research to assess whether the four component parts of Davis’ perceptual talent were more evident in a small group of people who had been diagnosed with dyslexia than in a comparative group that was screened as not having dyslexia. This was done through personal interviews which included Davis’ Perceptual Ability Assessment, quantitative analysis and a discussion of thinking styles. It was concluded that, whilst no difference was found in ability to visualise an image in 3D, the participants with dyslexia did have a greater ability to experience mental images as real-world phenomena, to intentionally access the brain’s perception distortion function, and a preference to think non-verbally.  This supports Davis’ assertion that there is a link between perceptual talent and dyslexia.

The full article is in the open access journal JIPFHE.

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APR
22
2015

World Book Night

I am excited to be taking part in the World Book Night again. It is an annual celebration of reading and enables volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books.

I have 18 copies of Chickenfeed by Minette Walters to give away. Based on the true story of the ‘chicken farm murder’ which took place in East Sussex in 1924. The book is one of the Quick Reads series, short books by bestselling authors which are written to be easy to read.

 

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FEB
07
2015

Audio Notetaker

Sonocent organised a webinar for UK Davis facilitators to learn about Audio Notetaker. The software capture audio and saves it as bars which can be colour coded to add meaning or importance.  The software can be used for organising essays but I would think it is most powerful in a lecture environment. You can import the lecturer’s slides, link them to the spoken element and add your own notes. Afterwards, you can use the colour coding to reduce the audio file to just the elements you want or add more text.  They offer a 30 day free trial – worth looking at!

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