SLOOM! (Part 1): IKEA and Teaching Reading

Part 1: IKEA & HSBC (How to best teach kids with literacy difficulties)

Acronyms make everyday things like business names and laws sound a bit more exciting and often, easier to pronounce. Acronyms like IKEA, ING, TASER and HSBC flow a bit better than “Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd, Agunnaryd”, “International Netherlands Group”, “Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle” and “Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation”.

Education is no exception – especially the world of special education! Terms such as “Education, Health and Care Plan”, “Team around the child”, “Individual Education Plan” and “functional behaviour assessment” have been given palatable and more memorable acronyms like EHCP, TAC, IEP, and FBA. Similarly, almost every learning condition has been given an acronym as well (ASC - Autism Spectrum Condition; SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulties; VI - visual impairment; HI - hearing impairment).

What is SLOOM!?

SLOOM is a different way of describing best-practice literacy teaching principles. These principles are well-known to teachers, but SLOOM frames it differently from what you might have previously heard:

S- Scaffolding

LO- Little and Often

O- Overlearning

M- Multisensory

We’ll take a deeper look at this in the next post, beginning with specifics of Scaffolding (S).

A previous version of this article was published in February 2018.

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