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

Literature Spectacular

Graham Joseph from Ryan Catholic College will present a workshop designed for teachers who are thinking about introducing Literature, delivering Literature for the first time or looking to review their Literature course in the near future. In the first part of the workshop, we will explore a framework for delivering a Literature course that c...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 13th February 2021
Venue:   ZOOM
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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 wtih 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. Other events for the year ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 13th March 2021
Venue:   Iona College
Venue Address:   85 North Road, LINDUM
Phone Enquiries:   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


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.  If your school would like to host this event, please contact Admin Officer.

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 29th May 2021
Venue:   To be advised


View all

English Educator of the week

View all

Blog Feed

Grammar myths

Sep 12 2017
An edited version of the letter below was pu...

Impact on learning

Sep 12 2017
The following letter was submitted to The Au...
Read all

PO Box 3375, STAFFORD,
Queensland, Australia, 4053
(07) 3284 3718
ABN: 17 689 278 512

Connect to a great range of people who are passionate about English and have their finger on the pulse.

Be Connected