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Murray Talks: Explaining the Components of an Instructional Writing Programme

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, we present an in-depth guide: Explaining the Components of an Instructional Writing Programme.  This supplements and supports a previous Murray Talk: Timetabling and Organising an Instructional Writing Programme, where reference was made to the six “components” of an instructional writing programme.  The original video from that talk is included … Read More

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Murray Talks: Timetabling and Organising Instructional Writing Programme

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, Dr Murray Gadd talks about timetabling and organising an instructional writing programme. Dr Murray Gadd discusses several approaches to timetabling and organisation and shares two timetabling models in detail. He particularly focusses on the need to differentiate according to students’ diverse needs when approaching timetabling issues. It is supplemented … Read More

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Murray Talks: Beginning The Writing Year

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, Dr Murray Gadd talks about Beginning The Writing Year and discusses what teachers need to think about and do to begin the school writing year effectively. The talk covers notions around expectations, programme organisation and components, classroom environment and writing activities. It is supplemented by downloadable teacher notes. Get … Read More

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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 … 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 … 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 Talks: Scheduling a Writing Programme

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, Dr Murray Gadd talks about issues pertaining to scheduling a writing programme, including: How regularly should my students be writing? How often should I be teaching writing to my students? What are the two principal components of a writing programme? It is supplemented by downloadable teacher notes. Download the … Read More

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Murray Talks: Teacher Knowledge

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, Dr Murray Gadd talks about issues pertaining to the knowledge about writing, about what writers do and about their students as developing writers that teachers need to hold in order to be effective teachers of writing.  Questions teachers can reflect on as they work through this section: What knowledge … Read More

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Murray Talks: Expectations for Achievement

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, Dr Murray Gadd considers the issues pertaining to the ‘expectations for achievement’ that an effective teacher of writing holds, and asks: What expectations should I hold? How might I develop these expectations? How might I communicate these expectations? It is supplemented by downloadable teacher notes. Download the Teacher Notes … Read More

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