The following letter was submitted to The Australian for possible inclusion in the edition for Thursday 30 October 2014 but it was not selected for publication.
Education reform based on myths
Leading education academic Professor Stephen Dinham makes a really important point in observing that significant educational reforms in Australia are often based on myths (“Education reforms ‘based on myths’”, 28/10).
After the Queensland Minister for Education, John-Paul Langbroek, had spoken at a function about 18 months ago, I asked him what evidence there was that the program of independent public schools on which the state had embarked would lead to a net improvement in education.
In reply, he stated that the program sat well with his party’s values and beliefs and that it would be modelled on the one being implemented in Western Australia. He didn’t mention anything that could be considered evidence. His non-answer was very like the one he had given to a similar question in a Radio National interview a few weeks earlier.
It is ironic that teachers are regularly told that their classroom methods must be “evidence based” but politicians conveniently ignore this criterion when they are focused on putting ideology into practice.
Short Stories and Poetry
The transformation of text is demanding and difficult, but it is also often a thing of beauty. General English Unit three requires students to transform a poem into a short story, which requires us to guide them through this process. Using poems as stimulus for short story is inspiring and energising and this workshop will offer practical a...
March Masterclass 2022
We are delighted to announce our first event for 2022 will be the March Masterclass: Writing: Our future to be held on Saturday 12 March 2022 at Iona College, Lindum, when Dr Sally Humphrey, senior lecturer (Literacy Education) ACU will present the keynote address. The program will be available by 28 January and registrations will open ...
May Seminar 2022
The May seminar Writing our future ... will respond to developments in the text list, National Curriculum and NAPLAN. Keynotes will be presented by Lisa Bottomly and Sophie Johnson, from QCAA with supporting workshops on the new additions to the text list.
JCU Spectacular 2022
Join Dr Claire Hansen for a two-hour session on teaching Macbeth. We'll dive into an exploration of the language of Macbeth and teaching strategies to engage students with Shakespeare's Scottish play. The workshop will also explore learning activites for Macbeth created by the Shakespeare Reloaded project. For further details, see the...
Indigenous Perspectives in the Junior Curriculuk
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