Building Excitement, Engagement & Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd
This 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 this annual membership licence, schools / teachers and literacy leaders will have full access to our video resources and accompanying downloadable notes in order to ‘build excitement, engagement & achievement in writing‘.
We have also developed some guidelines on how to undertake a school-wide inquiry around instructional writing that you can largely lead by yourselves (see that here)
The Subscription Programme includes:
- Access to all existing Murray ‘Reads and Writes From’ Video Lessons. These cover a range of fiction and non-fiction topics. For each lesson, you can download / printable ‘Teacher Notes’ on how the lesson can be used within the classroom programme.
- Newly published Murray ‘Reads and Writes From’ Video Lessons – released through-out the year, typically at the beginning of each new (NZ) term. There are usually two or three per term: one for the junior school; one for the middle school; one for the senior school.
- Access to all existing ‘Murray Talks’ videos. These are all “teacher aides” on topics related to the effective teaching of writing. Each video includes a detailed, downloadable ‘Teacher Notes‘ PDF.
- Newly published Murray Talks Videos. All Murray Talks relate directly to the classroom and are research and evidence-based.
- Access to all existing ‘Murray – Working With Students‘. These shared writing lesson are recorded in front of students and are being made to supplement and illustrate the points highlighted in a range of ‘Murray Talks’ videos that are also complimented by a number of Videos Lessons that teachers can refer to for lesson planning.
- Access to all new ‘Murray – Working With Students‘ – released through-out the year, typically at the beginning of each new (NZ) term. There are usually two or three per term.
- Access to an exclusive “Members Area” section where you can manage your Subscription, add remove and invite teachers from your school, Group Managers and others to your Group. See the FAQ for details.
- Access to technical support for your school membership plan.
Topics of the ‘Murray Talks’ 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.
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.