Books we have to read
Frances Whiting’s entertaining piece about book clubs highlights a perennial problem for English teachers (18/5).
Choice is much talked about in relation to education these days but schools usually dictate which books students have to study. Sometimes even students who are avid readers of titles they select themselves fail to be enthusiastic about the books that are set for them. Just because the adult world agrees that certain titles are acknowledged greats of the literary canon doesn’t necessarily mean they will connect with teenagers.
On another note, it was interesting to see Whiting point out that classics of a past era of primary schooling like the Dick and Dora series were pretty lousy stories. It is worth remembering that they were a cornerstone of a presumed educational golden age to which some conservative commentators would have the school system return.
Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE)
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.
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