In my previous newsletter from February earlier this year, I talked about being ‘in uncertain times’ but also being ‘determined to make 2022 as normal as I can.’ Well, Term One was anything but normal for me, with probably more days postponed or deferred during the term than I actually worked. I’ve never had a term like this. Still, we’re into Term Two now and I’ve got my fingers crossed again.
I look ahead to the term and a highlight for me will be the three workshops on ‘being an effective teacher of writing’ that I’m scheduled to lead for Learning Network NZ across the country: one in Christchurch (13 May); one in New Plymouth (18 June); one in Hawkes’ Bay (2 July). It would be great to see some of you at these workshops. I’m also scheduled to lead two sessions for local literacy associations during the term: one in Waikato (30 June); one in Hawkes’ Bay (7 July).
Here’s a photo of a beginning teacher (Meg from East Otago High School, holding my book ‘Working With Under-Achieving Writers‘ at my Learning Network course in Christchurch today.
Meanwhile, I’ve spent several weeks at the end of last term and during the recent break working on several new documents for my website, principally for those of you who subscribe to my on-line resource.
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Three new videoed writing lessons based two great picture books and a set of beautiful photographs I was given by my friend Carolyn Squire:
- ‘A Best Friend for Bear’ by Petr Horacek (a story-telling lesson for NE-Year 1 students);
- ‘Busting‘ by Aaron Blabey (a persuasive writing lesson for Year 3-8 students).
- ‘The Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly’ (based on the photographs) for Year 3-8 students.
Teacher notes for all of the above lessons are also now available online.
Two new linked videoed Murray Talks on the effective teaching of writing:
Downloadable PDF notes to go with the new Murray Talks include templates that could be used for planning, monitoring and assessing.
Also On murraygadd.co.nz
- A lovely new classroom story. This is the story of a very reluctant Year 5 student writer (at Stratford Primary School) who got very excited from a reading of Doreen Cronin’s Diary of a Worm and wrote a beautifully quirky piece which he called Diary of a Banana!!
- A new Update On The Arts of what I have been reading and viewing over the past few months.