Update on The Arts: Sept 2020 – January 2021

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At the end of my last Arts Update (August 2020), I was part way through reading Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet and about to start David Mitchell’s Utopia Avenue.  I would highly recommend both of these novels, but especially Hamnet. Set in seventeenth-century Warwickshire (England), Hamnet is a beautifully written fictionalisation of the ups and downs of William Shakespeare’s family and particularly … Read More

Play based learning and junior story writing

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I was astounded by the quality of a set of stories written by Year 1-2 students at Merrin School (situated in Christchurch; decile 8; a high proportion of ESOL students) and asked the teacher (Jeanne Coker) how they had been motivated. Jeanne talked enthusiastically about the importance of play-based learning in their school and how she had developed Learning /Ako … Read More

Update on Murray Gadd Literacy Term 3 2020

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Kia ora koutou, I do hope you’ve all had a great break, getting yourself ready to take on the challenges of the final term.  Yes, it’s been a difficult year hasn’t it, especially for those of us who live in Auckland.  But, as a professional community, I think we’ve done very well.  We’ve taken risks, we’ve found new ways of … Read More

Murray Talks: Topic & Task Selection

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, Dr Murray Gadd talks about Topic & Task Selection and discusses: How do I devise topics and tasks for instructional writing? How do I ensure that they are meaningful and purposeful for students? Where do my topics and tasks come from? Do I involve my students in topic and task selection? How do I … Read More

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Murray Talks: Purposes Text Types and Audiences

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, Dr Murray Gadd talks about Purposes, Text Types and Audiences and discusses: What purposes for writing and text-types should my students be covering? How do I get my students to reflect on purpose, text-type and audience when exploring a writing task? How do I ensure coverage of writing purposes and text-types over time without … Read More

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Murray Talks: Teaching Approaches

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, Dr Murray Gadd talks about Teaching Approaches and discusses: Language Experience Teacher Writing Shared Writing Guided Writing Independent Writing It is supplemented by downloadable teacher notes. Download the Teacher Notes PDF here  Murray Talks Video

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Murray Gadd reads “How Do You Feel?” for NE & Year 1 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “How Do You Feel?” written and illustrated by Anthony Browne. This video is primarily aimed at NE-Yr.1 students.   “How Do You Feel?” – Purpose: The purpose for this lesson is for students to write about a feeling that … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads “Down the Back of the Chair” for Year 2-4 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Down the Back of the Chair” written by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by Polly Dunbar. This video is primarily aimed at Year 2-4 students.  “Down the Back of the Chair” – Purpose: The purpose for this lesson is … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads ‘Treasure Box’ for Year 5-8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “The Treasure Box” by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood. This video is primarily aimed at Year 5 – 8 students.  “The Treasure Box” – Purpose: The purpose for this lesson is for students to select and write about … Read More

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