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A head teacher ahead of his time 10 May 2009

Posted by cooperatoby in Uncategorized.

Scarcely over my rush of excitement at discovering tagcrowd and the much prettier wordle and analysing various texts (including the contents of this blog) with it, I am humbled to realise that I was introduced to exactly the same idea – word frequencies – by the head teacher at my primary school. This at the age of 10 (and that is a long time ago). It has stuck in my memory because he never taught us in the normal run of events. In retrospect I suppose he was guesting for a few lessons in order to do a sort of informal 11-plus on us. His chosen assessment tool was to take newspaper stories and calculate and compare word and letter frequencies.

By the way: how few verbs Tagcrowd brings up. That’s either because we all substantivise too much, or because we lazily only use common verbs which the software filters out.



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