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Murray Introduces the videos

In this section, I talk directly to camera about a range of teaching and learning matters, related to the effective teaching of writing.

These are primarily aimed at school leaders and teachers. You will need to have a membership subscription to access these talks or to access the Murray Gadd Video Lessons

Main points and questions for teachers are discussed in these video talks and more detail about classroom implementation is contained in the downloadable "Teacher Notes" that accompany each talk.

"Murray Talks" videos are added each term. To find out how you can access them, please click here.

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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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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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