Author Archives: Dianne Murphy

Developing a research-informed literacy strategy

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New Horizons

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
Addressing serious reading problems creates new horizons for students – and schools. One of the most stubborn problems for school leaders is that of students who could perform much better than they do, but for whom…

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Beware of the Reading Traps

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
Avoid the pitfalls lying in wait for school leaders seeking help for struggling readers. If we can read, we tend to assume that reading is easy. In a large organisation like a secondary school, those who…

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A Heart for School Improvement

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
What one issue lies at the heart of school improvement? You are reviewing your school improvement plan, weighing up what to prioritise, what to focus on, thinking about whole staff vision, professional development, and of course…

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Can We Do More With Less?

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
Effective use of resources depends on how well we know our students’ needs More than ever, head teachers are having to consider how to cut the limited cloth of school budgets and resourcing. Sometimes we find…

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Climbing Mountains in Small Steps

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
Learning moves faster in small steps. ‘Bottom set.’ Two words that can make the colour drain from our faces, our eyes roll, or provoke a deep sigh. ‘Bottom set.’ The ‘low ability’ group. The ‘difficult’ and…

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I tried that and it didn’t work . . .

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
Education has a reputation for being subject to fads, where new ideas are adopted and then dropped. It seems to me that this is not so much because teachers are lazy, but because we are so…

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