The gist of Christopher Bantick’s articles often seems to be that he is pretty much the only competent English (sorry, senior literature) teacher in the country and all others need to lift their games. He is, however, spot on about NAPLAN (“Cheats thrive and NAPLAN prospers”, 30/4).
When Julia Gillard became federal education minister she was apparently miffed when told that there was no easy way of knowing which were the best schools in the land. NAPLAN was born out of a desire to have a simple school rating system, but the tests are not capable of doing this and making them high stakes has damaged rather than improved the nation’s school system. But hey, what does that matter if a senior politician could claim a signature reform?
It is unlikely that this waste of public funds will stop any time soon but, at the very least, politicians and bureaucrats should stop telling fibs about NAPLAN providing diagnostic information that is useful to teachers. Apart from other problems, the time frame doesn’t allow that.
Early Career Conference 2021
The Early Career Conference in 2021 will be held on 23 October at Wynnum State High School, WYNNUM. The program has been updated to reflect a change in workshop offerings in workshop sessions 2 and 5. Registrations are now open until Saturday 16 October. As networking is an integral part of this day, it is envisaged that it will...
Essential English: Community of Practice 2021
Following on from the success of last year's event for teachers of Essential English, we will be running this event again this year with some modifications. The program is available and registrations are now open. Venue: Deception Bay SHS, Phillip Street, DECEPTION BAY. Registrations will close on Saturday 30 October. Interes...
Grammar PD term 4
To assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E), a further session will be held on Saturday 20 November at John Paul College. The flyer gives further details. Registration will close on 14 November. ...
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