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

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. Most recently, the high-stakes nature of unseen examinations fo...

Category:   Master class
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 15th May 2021
Venue:   University of Queensland (tbc)
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
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

A grammar workshop will be held at Elanora State High School  on Saturday 29 May 2021 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 ...

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


Teacher event - external assessment

The second series of pre-external examination events will be held for teachers on Saturday 31 July as a face-to-face event and online. Recorded materials will remain available to all participants online until the examination week in October. Date Claimer giving further information is available for download ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 31st July 2021
Venue:   TBC
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


Student event - external assessment

Flexible modes  of delivery will allow you and your students to engage with the materials at a time that suits you.  Once again this event will be fully online to cater for all members and their students. This year the materials will come to you live in the afternoon of  Wednesday 8 September and again in the morning of Saturda...

Category:   Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time:   3:00 PM
Date:   Wednesday 8th September 2021
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Venue:   Online
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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