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.
 

Upcoming Events

March Seminar 2021: Challenge and Change: Doing things differently

We are delighted to announce that we will be back with face to face professional learing events in 2021 - usual format but with some important changes: the March Seminar will be a full day event; the AATE-ALEA National Conference will be held in Brisbane in July and consequently there will not be a state conference. The Program Our fi...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   8:30 AM
Date:   Saturday 13th March 2021
Venue:   Iona College
Venue Address:   85 North Road, LINDUM
Phone Enquiries:   0455 464 000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au
Online participation only:   Links will be sent to those registered for online attendance only on Wednesday 10 March. If you do not have this by Thursday morning,  you should contact Trish Purcell asap at adminofficer@etaq.org.au or 0455 464 000


Grammar at Hervey Bay

A grammar workshop will be held at Hervey Bay State High School to assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E). Also highly relevant to Years 11 & 12. This will be an updated re-run of the activity conducted in both 2018 and ...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 27th March 2021
Venue:   Hervey Bay State High School
Venue Address:   56 Beach Road, Hervey Bay
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


May Masterclass 2021

THE CHALLENGE OF TEACHING ANALYSIS: DO WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR PRACTICES? Teaching the process of analysing texts in order for students to produce a spoken or written response remains amongst the most exciting and difficult challenges we face as a community of English teachers. Building on lessons from ETAQ's 2020 student and teacher ev...

Category:   Master class
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 15th May 2021
Venue:   University of Queensland (tbc)
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


JCU Spectacular

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 activities for Macbeth created by the Shakespeare Reloaded project. This session will...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 22nd May 2021
Venue:   ZOOM
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Grammar Day

ETAQ will be conducting another of the very successful grammar days on Saturday 29 May 2021. 

The venue will be Elanora SHS; any one who wishes to come is welcome.

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 29th May 2021
Venue:   Elanora State High School
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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Challenge and change: Doing things differently

Saturday 13 March at Iona College, Lindum

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Jennifer Alford, QUT

The six practices of English teachers who effectively exercise their agency.

 

 

Tristan Bancks, author

Keynote: A future-facing method for inspiring young writers

Workshop: Vision boarding

 

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