VAS MATTERS

Make no mistake:
Boys visual development is, on average, 1 year behind that of girls.

Boys are disadvantaged in a Whole Language infant classroom.


What is VAS?
* VAS stands for 'Visual Attention Span'.
* It is a function of visual short term working memory.
* It is a measurement of how much visual information can be processed at a glance.

What is VAS Theory?
* It is the linking of VAS development to teaching methods and cognitive development.


The following reading patterns are common place in today’s schools.

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* ‘mad’ misread as ‘maid’ (letter names & sounds confusion)

* ‘big’
misread as ‘dig’ (b/d confusion)

* ‘men’
misread as ‘man’ (end letter guessing)

* ‘of’
misread as ’for’ or ‘on’ as ‘no’ (poor left to right processing)

* ‘saw’ misread as ’was’ (word reversals)

* ‘insist’
misread as ’insect’ (mis-guessing similar words)


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Low VAS can result in early failure.
IF teaching is Whole Language based.

A child with low VAS won’t be able to learn the
Green” words or the
Blue” words by sight.

Failure to teach this child ‘sounding & blending’ consigns him/her to failure from the outset.

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Of 345 seven year old children, 31% had a VAS level too low for whole word guessing accuracy. They would fail in a Whole Language classroom.

60% of the 345 showed the error patterns expected of whole word guessers.


VAS is developmental.
You can’t artificially raise it.
Phonics doesn’t require high VAS - Whole Language does !


The first critical phase occurs early, in grades 1-2
(associated with low VAS and poor phonics)

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The second critical phase occurs later, in grades 4-5
(associated with high VAS and poor phonics)
Follow this
VAS Ceiling Link to understand why.

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See Early Failure Sam’s Story video. See 4th Year Slump - Eve’s Story video in the CONSEQUENCES section
THIS FAILURE DIDN”T NEED TO HAPPEN


“Just over 47,000 children - who were considered to be high-fliers at the age of seven - failed to reach their potential by 11 - effectively going backwards in the last few years of primary education.”

Taken from UK Primary school league tables 2013


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To reinstate systematic phonics into all infant classrooms throughout the English speaking world. That is, give the greatest number of children to best start in reading, making them fully independent readers and writers.

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Management / Admini: Mark
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