Peter Botsman Award 2006

 

Margaret Miller

Margaret Miller has made a tremendous contribution to English teaching in Qld over the last 10 years in particular. She has held a variety of highly responsible curriculum oversight and development positions across years 1 -12 and has devoted enormous energy to developing and ensuring quality syllabus documents and teaching and assessment practice.

Margaret began her career as a teacher at Mt Isa State High School in 1974 and was English Department Head at Kalkadoon High School from 1979 to 1986. Since 1987 she has been at Clifton High School, apart from a 4 year secondment to the Queensland Studies Authority to work on the 1-10 English syllabus.

First, over her entire teaching career her classroom practice has been innovative and challenging, always at the forefront of theoretical application. Secondly, in the Darling Downs region, she led her Head of Department colleagues as Panel Chair and coordinator of the English Subject Master Network. Over a number of years she took on the extra responsibility of lecturing pre-service teachers at USQ. This was a very demanding role completed in addition to normal teaching duties.

Margaret has been involved in a project with Griffith University’s Associate Professor Claire Wyatt Smith. This involved exploring the link between pedagogy and assessment. In 2003 she co-wrote, with Robyn Colwill, “Queensland Senior English”, a textbook which is widely used in secondary English classrooms.

Her major contribution to English teaching in Qld has occurred since 2001 as she chaired the Senior Syllabus Advisory Committee and then wrote Levels 5 & 6 for the 1-10 English syllabus. This work was undertaken with both passion and rigour as Margaret strove to produce a document which would enable quality English teaching in Queensland schools.

With her secondment to QSA completed, she is now back at the chalkface putting her work into practice as Middle Schooling HOD at Clifton S.H.S.

Upcoming Events

Short Stories - Year 11

Emma Monfries and Kiri Lucas will present some practical activities and observations from Unit 2: Texts and Culture.  With these activities, students can conceptualise in concrete ways the relationship between place and culture, for example, through layered maps, and to convey this in texts such as short stories.  Students can a...

Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 15th February 2020
Venue:   Ryan Catholic College
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


An Afternoon with Christine Hills

The Darling Downs Branch will present an Afternoon with Christine Hills and the Collins Writing Program on Wednesday, 26 February, 2020. Afternoon tea will be served from 3:15 to 3:45 pm. This workshop will allow teachers and school leaders an opportunity to: Explore elements of grammar that are central to good writing and align w...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   3:15 PM
Date:   Wednesday 26th February 2020
Venue:   St Ursula's - Toowoomba
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


March Seminar 2020: Diving Deep into Story

Literature is the lifeblood of the English classroom and we all endeavour to make our classrooms creative spaces, helping students to experience the pleasures of responding to and creating literature. This seminar will explore diverse ideas related to creativity in English. The keynote address will be presented by Assoc. Professor Kim Wil...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   8:10 AM
Date:   Saturday 21st March 2020
Venue:   Griffith University TBC
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


Diving into Analytical Writing

ETAQ will present a session on how to write an 'analytical essay' on Tuesday 28 April, at Aquinas College, Edmund Rice Drive, ASHMORE. In 2020, students will be required to write an 'analytical essay' in the external exam for General English. However, the term 'essay' is not used consistently across subject areas a...

Category:   Professional Development
Start Time:   3:15 PM
Date:   Tuesday 28th April 2020
Venue:   Aquinas College
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Tony Hytch presents

Tony will present a session entitled  "Getting students assessment ready for Essential English" at Pimlico State High School, Townsville on Saturday 2nd May, 2020. Teachers will explore teh possible options for assessment in Units 1 and 2. In particular how to develop an assessment program which best prepares students for the t...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 2nd May 2020
Venue:   Pimlico High School
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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