Saying Goodbye to 2020 

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2020 was a tough year for all of us, given the two lock-downs that Auckland educators faced during the year as well as the abandonment of overseas travel.  But I finished it nicely.  I’m just completing six weeks of relaxing (mainly at home), reading, swimming, walking and a little bit of socialising.  I hope your break has been good as … Read More

Murray Gadd Writes About Pterosaurs – for Year 5 – 8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray planning and writing about a pre-historic creature (pterosaurs). This video is primarily aimed at Year 5 – 8 students.  Scroll down for the video or click here Pterosaurs – Purpose: The purpose for this lesson is for … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads “The Runaway Dinner” for Year 3 – 6 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “The Runaway Dinner” by Allan Ahlberg. This video is primarily aimed at Year 3 – 6 students, though some Year 7-8 students may enjoy it as well. This video was originally produced during … Read More

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Murray Gadd reads Tadpole’s Promise for NE-Y1 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Tadpole’s Promise” by Jeanne Willis. This video is primarily aimed at NE-Year 1 students. It was first produced during the Oct 2021 Covid lockdown. Scroll down for the video or click here   … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads Ernest the Elephant for NE-Y1 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Ernest the Elephant” by Anthony Browne. This video is primarily aimed at NE-Year 1 students.  Sharing Usually, we ask you to share the video lessons with your class – either face to face … Read More

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Murray Gadd reads “Billy – A Lolly Leopold Story” – a reading-writing lesson for Year 5-8 students

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This Video Lesson features Dr Murray Gadd Phd, reading “Billy – A Lolly Leopold Story” (by Kate de Goldi) – a reading-writing lesson for Year 5-8 students. Although I’ve labelled it for Year 5-8 students, it may also be useful for some more able Year 3-4 students.  It’s another lesson in which students are encouraged … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads “The Rascally Cake” for Year 2-6 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “The Rascally Cake” by Jeanne Willis. This video is primarily aimed at Year 2 – 6 students, though some Year 7-8 students may enjoy it as well.  This video was originally recorded and … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads “Inside The Suitcase” for Year 4-8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from the pop-up picture book “Inside the Suitcase” by Clotilde Perrin. This writing lesson is primarily aimed at Year 4-8 students. “Inside the Suitcase” – Purpose: The purpose for this lesson is to plan … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads “When I Am Old With You” for Year 2-4 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from the picture book “When I Am Old With You” by Angela Johnson. This writing lesson is primarily aimed at Year 2-4 students. “When I Am Old With You” – Purpose: The purpose for … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads “A Best Friend for Bear” for NE-Year 1 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “A Best Friend for Bear” by Petr Horacek. This video is primarily aimed at NE-Year 1 students. “A Best Friend for Bear” – Purpose: The purpose for this lesson is to write a … Read More

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