Since 1980, I've been campaigning against the practice of copying in schools. Switching the eyes back and forth between the original and the child's copy interferes with the development of understanding, and is anti-educational. I've just had this from a teacher who tried it.
Some time ago I was in contact with you regarding the possibility of carrying out some research. The sticking point as I remember for me was your insistence that children should not be copying off the board. Again if memory serves me well I did not at the time understand how, from a practical point of view in an ordinary classroom with 30 challenging youngsters, it could be achieved. I just wanted to up date you with the fact that I did not forget what you have written about copying from the board, and my pupils no longer copy from the board apart from the date and title which they are obliged to do in the school I now work in.
It has been a good decision and freed up time for more productive activities. I have moved to a school where I am the only teacher of French and so have a certain amount of autonomy as to how I teach French. It is a high school so the children begin in year 9 and much of my work is building confidence. Thank you for your blog it really makes me think and change my practice for the better . I am just about to look at the material on teaching phonics (French). I already do this but feel I need to so more extensively.