Building Excitement, Engagement & Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd
This Standard Annual Membership tool – developed around a long-term goal of students becoming motivated and independent writers who are able to communicate confidently, proficiently and with impact according to the purpose for writing and the intended audience – is based on a belief that teachers can make a difference for all students, regardless of their level of ability.
By purchasing an annual membership licence for this on-line tool, schools/teachers will have full access to our Video Lessons website section which will include:
- 16 Murray ‘Reads and Writes From’ video lessons (plus an introductory talk). These cover a range of fiction and non-fiction topics. For each lesson, a downloadable ‘teacher notes’ resource on how the lesson can be used within the classroom programme.
- Three new videoed writing lessons (by Murray) at the beginning of each term: one for the junior school; one for the middle school; one for the senior school. Some will be based in picture books; some will be based on other sources of motivation.These also will be accompanied by downloadable ‘teacher notes’ on how lessons can be used within the classroom programme.
- Three videoed Murray-talks at the beginning of each term on topics related to the effective teaching of writing. All talks will relate directly to the classroom and will be research- and evidence-based.
Other anticipated topics during 2020-2021 will include:
- scheduling for writing;
- writing purposes and audiences;
- topic and task selection;
- teaching approaches and routines for writing instruction;
- writing instructional practices;
- learning goals for writing;
- assessment in writing;
- writing across the curriculum, including role of genre;
- making reading-writing links;
- role of spelling within the writing programme;
- ways of extending able writers;
- working with struggling writers;
- boys as writers;
- role of oral language in the writing programme;
- promoting self-regulation in writing;
- teacher as writer;
- the classroom writing environment;
- use of writing tools;
- making school-home literacy links;
- approaches to moderating writing.
Written notes summarising the main points of each talk (as well as appropriate resources) and inquiry questions for teachers will also be downloadable.
COMING IN 2021: PLUS Membership Option – Online Sessions With Murray
From the beginning of 2021, we will also offer an PLUS Membership option for schools to upgrade their subscription in order to access direct on-line sessions with Murray via e.g. Zoom. These will be in the form of two 60-minute live sessions with Murray (each year) to take place at a time and on topics that are mutually negotiated and agreed.
For example, these sessions could be used for: staff meetings; discussions with teams about student writing; or even interactions with students about their writing.
This is for schools that can’t get access to my facilitation as I hate having to say ‘no’ !
All qualifying membership subscribers will be notified when this option becomes available.
All of the above resources can be used at the school-wide level, team/whanau level, or individual teacher level, according to what licence you have purchased.
They can be used for purposes of professional learning, development and/or inquiry (probably led by a school or literacy leader) or just to motivate and engage school leaders, teachers and students.