Peter Botsman Award 2004

Kay Elsden

Kay has been a teacher at Kelvin Grove State College for the past 29 years. During this time she has held the positions of teacher, senior teacher and acting Head of Department, the latter on many occasions. She has taught as many combinations and permutations of English to students in Years 8-12 as have been dreamt of during this time, including, most recently, English Extension.

Kelvin Grove was one of the initial trial schools for the Trial-Pilot syllabuses for both Senior English and English Extension and it is perhaps in these contexts in which Kay has been most visible to the wider English community. With Esmé Robinson, the Head of Department, she developed excellent resources and co-presented at seminars and conferences, demonstrating how current theory underpinning the teaching of English and English Extension could be realised in the classroom. Kay’s leadership in this area was and continues to be evident in her membership of the English Subject Advisory Committee and the State Review Panel for English Extension. She also convened the English Extension Sub-committee which was responsible for the writing of the syllabus for English Extension (Literature).

Kay’s contribution to English teaching in Queensland has been a reflection of her practices within the school. An extremely creative teacher who has been the recipient of a national teaching award, she values the individuality of her students, working to optimise their abilities. Self-reflective, she regularly seeks feedback and acts upon it, always seeking to refine her teaching and the learning experiences she provides. Kay’s generous spirit is evident in the way she shares her time and knowledge with both those she teaches and her colleagues.

This knowledge has been acquired through formal study and regular professional development through forums such as those presented under the auspices of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. The English Teachers Association has also played a significant role in her professional life through seminars, conferences and publications, such as Words’Worth and English in Australia, in which she has also been published.

A special professional love of Kay is the teaching of Shakespeare; she is currently an executive member of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association and regularly presents papers at national conferences.

We are booth privileged to have worked with Kay as her Head of Department. We are agreed that, because of her curriculum leadership, her excellence as a teacher and her commitment to subject English over her entire teaching career, Kay Elsden is a worthy recipient of a Peter Botsman Award.

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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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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....

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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...

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Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 12th September 2020
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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
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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 ...

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Start Time:   9:00 AM
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