Botsman Award 2018

Joanna Gardiner

Joanna Gardiner is Head of English at Somerville House. As throughout her twenty-five year teaching career, she is an outstanding educator of English and advocate for English education, both in and beyond her own English classroom.
As a curriculum leader, Joanna inspires both her students and teaching colleagues to engage in a rich and rigorous English curriculum, to foster a genuine love of literature and strive constantly for standards of excellence.
Joanna continues to have a wider, positive influence on the work in English classrooms through her extensive contribution to the School and broader educational community. She has served on English and English Extension Panels for QCAA for 10 years and has been an active contributor to the development of QCAA syllabuses, and more recently, trial processes for the new QCE. Joanna has been a contributing author for numerous English texts and other publications, including the English Is: English for the Australian Curriculum series published by Wiley. Her most recent being a co-author for the 2017 Wiley publications, Jacaranda English 9 LearnON and Jacaranda English 10 LearnON.
Joanna continues to be a dedicated supporter of The English Teachers Association of Queensland through her ongoing support of ETAQ events, and presentations at State and national conferences since 2002. In 2017 Joanna was invited to present a workshop for teachers at the Brisbane Writer's Festival, and she facilitated 'Just Press Play: Plays, Playfulness & Pedagogy in Senior English' as part of the Festival program.
Joanna maintains a strong commitment to professional development and educational research to inform and implement her strong vision for high-quality teaching and learning in English courses. She is a positive role model to teaching colleagues through her active contribution to the School's professional learning and broader teaching programs, and AATE and ETAQ professional development opportunities. Over a number of years she has developed and been editor for the School's Style Guide and In House, Somerville House' own, educational research journal. She has initiated a range of curricular and extra-curricular projects for the School such as the Somerville House Literary Lounge, to connect students with professional writers, and The Writing Shed, enabling students to extend their literacy skills and capacity to write.

Perhaps the most significant of Joanna's achievements is her tireless commitment and dedication to what is now a generation of students. Her teaching excellence constantly extends beyond the classroom, as she so generously donates her time and energy to work with all students in the School, not only those in her own classes. She works willingly with any student requiring additional support - often giving students many hours of one to one support on an ongoing basis. She is always prepared to go above and beyond, to personally ensure every student is able to achieve to their fullest capacity and support every colleague to meet standards of teaching excellence.
Joanna is a worthy nominee for the Peter Botsman Award for her outstanding work in her own English classroom, her school and for the significant influence she has had on English classrooms around the State.
 

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"Double, double toil and trouble": Creative Writing and Macbeth Professional Development Workshops
Dr Emma Maguire and Dr Claire Hansen

In this double workshop PD session, join Dr Emma Maguire for a one-hour workshop on creative writing, and Dr Claire Hansen for a one-hour session on teaching Macbeth. Discover the essential e...

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Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 25th July 2020
Venue:   Online
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Diving Deep into External Assessment

Student (and teacher) event: Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay Pre-recorded materials open to registered participants from 3pm,  with live discussion in half hour blocks from 4pm - 5:30pm. Live discussions will primarily relate to Writing the Analytical Essay, but students will be free to ask questions about their selected texts....

Category:   Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time:   3:00 PM
Date:   Wednesday 9th September 2020
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Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay for teachers

The Teacher workshop  Pre-recorded workshop open to registered participants, with live discussion from 11am - 12pm.
Final Preparation for the EA will explore: the advice provided in Writing the Analytical Essay; giving quality formative feedback to students; trouble-shooting common problems.
After the event: The pre-recorded teac...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 12th September 2020
Venue:   Online
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SCCC Resource sharing

Andrew Snee and the Senior English staff at  Southern Cross Catholic College would like to share some of the teaching strategies and modelling/scaffolding resources that have been implemented and devised for the demands of general English. From analysing representations of prejudice and alienation in literary texts to creating engaging im...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 17th October 2020
Venue:   Southern Cross Catholic College


Early Career Conference 2020: Diving Deep into Teaching

This event for teachers in their first firve years of teaching and those who are new to the teaching of English will submerge you in a new, colourful, and enchanting world where you can engage with your peers. it is also a 'not to be missed' event for preservice teachers.  This event will be re-scheduled for term 4 ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 24th October 2020
Venue:   Griffith University, Mt Gravatt campus
Venue Address:   176 Messines Ridge Rd, Mount Gravatt QLD 4122


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