Dorothy Latham includes ideas for sound and easy ongoing assessment of writing and shows how certain strategies can improve children's progress in writing.
Chapter 1: Early Brain Development, Laterality and Gender Differences
Early Brain Development, Laterality and Gender Differences
Brainpower and Boys and Girls
Early brain development – Critical periods and functional changes – Hemispherical characteristics – Laterality – Implications for dyslexia – Gender differences – Gender differences in the educational situation – Some implications for teaching and learning in English – Chapter summary – Teacher activity
Early Brain Development
Writing depends upon the use and understanding of speech. The use and understanding of speech depends upon the acquisition of language, and this in turn depends upon early brain development. Motor skills, used in writing, also depend upon brain development, involving the growth of sensori-motor structures and functions leading to hand and eye co-ordination.
Dr Mark Porter, writing in the Radio Times, states ‘The human ...