Your story on cheating allegations related to NAPLAN reminds us that the program tests reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and numeracy (“Testing times see cheat count at eight”, 23/5).
Spelling, grammar and punctuation are three of the criteria used to grade the writing component but are also tested separately in the “language conventions” paper. Given that the program probes only a narrow slice of the whole school curriculum, why is it necessary to measure these elements twice? Are they that important, or is it just that they are relatively easy to test with computer-marked, multiple choice items?
Early Career Conference 2022: Writing our future?
Writing our future? - a conference presented by and for early career teachers on Saturday 22 October at Wynnum SHS (tbc)
External Examination Preparation
Registration Scroll down to register - but please do read this information Schools should register each teacher who will be using the materials. Acting on feedback from last year, we will be making the materials available earlier this year. We will be running the External Examination Preparation as one package with more fl...
Writing our future in Essential English 2022
Writing our future in Essential English - a community of practice especially for teachers of Essential English on Saturday 5 November.
Indigenous Perspectives in the Junior Curriculum
After a work program review Town High explored ways to better embed indigenous perspectives in the year 7 program through a novella study of Black Cockatoo. The unit became our first taste of analytical essay writing in year 7, in preparation for subsequent years. We found greater engagement from students across the board. ...
This is the first time I have been to an ETAQ conference and it was really sensational to get so much at all of the sessions.
ETAQ conferences always have sessions that make me excited to be a teacher.
I know that ETAQ conferences in the past have never disappointed - valuable, relevant, practical, inspiring so I came again.Read All