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, schools/teachers will have full access to our video resources and accompanying downloadable notes which include:
- Access to 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 three per term: one for the junior school; one for the middle school; one for the senior school.
- Access to 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 – released through-out the year, typically at the beginning of each new (NZ) term. All Murray Talks relate directly to the classroom and will be research and evidence-based.
- Access to a “Members Area” section where you can manage your Subscription, add remove and invite Group Managers and members to your Group. See the FAQ for details.
- Access to technical support for your 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.
Coming in 2022: PLUS Membership Option – an option to include Online Sessions With Murray
From 2022, we will 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.