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Murray Talks Providing a Positive and Motivating Writing Environment

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, we present ‘Providing a Positive and Motivating Writing Environment for Students’. The feel of a writing environment pertains particularly to classroom climate (both social and learning) as promoted largely by the nature of teacher-student relations. The terms positive, close, caring and mutually respectful often emerge when discussing the nature … Read More

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Murray Talks: Building Independence Amongst Students as Developing Writers

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, we present ‘Building Independence Amongst Students as Developing Writers’. Building independence amongst students as developing writers means teachers working to ensure that students become self-regulated writers who are motivated and metacognitive. This has long been considered a key way of affecting learner gains and engagement. Our job as teachers … Read More

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Murray Talks Extending Gifted and Talented Writers

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, we present ‘Extending Gifted and Talented Writers’. In every classroom there are students who could be defined as gifted and talented writers. These are students who not only independently and consistently produce high quality and engaging texts, but who are also highly motivated to write and share their writing … Read More

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Murray Talks Literacy Across the Curriculum

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, we present ‘Literacy Across the Curriculum’. The need to look at reading and writing together across the curriculum is guided by the Ministry of Education. Students need to do more than just read and write. They need to use their reading and writing to meet the demands of the … Read More

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Murray Talks Making Reading Writing Links

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, we present ‘Making Reading-Writing Links’. Dr Murray Gadd provides more detail around this subject in the narrated video below. It is supplemented by downloadable teacher notes PDF. Making reading-writing links for and with students is incredibly important in literacy. In this Murray Talk, we explore 1) What are these … Read More

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Murray Talks Instructional Strategies in Writing

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, we present ‘Instructional Strategies in Writing’. Dr Murray Gadd provides more detail and additional video around this subject. It is supplemented by downloadable teacher notes PDF. Instructional strategies are deliberate acts of teaching that focus [student] learning in order to meet a particular purpose Questions for teachers to reflect on … Read More

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Murray Talks: Boys as Writers

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In this episode of “Murray Talks”, we present ‘Boys as Writers’ – a guide to boys engagement, progress and achievement in writing. Why should teachers be concerned about boys and writing? Nationally and internationally there is widespread evidence that many primary-age boys are not as engaged in writing as many primary-age girls and that many … Read More

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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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