Peter Botsman Award 2011

Michelle Ragen

Michelle Ragen is an outstanding teacher of English whose innovative curriculum design and delivery encourage students to fully engage in a range of traditional and contemporary literacies.  She is a generous professional who works tirelessly to ensure she is abreast of the current research in her field.

Beyond her own classroom, Michelle is highly committed to helping to inspire and provide opportunities for the professional development of other teachers.   At a school level, she empowers other English teachers by modelling best practice teaching and learning and by creating units of work which encourage student engagement and subject area mastery. In addition, her own tertiary studies in librarianship and her present action research project that focuses on the reading practices of adolescents, have helped to generate innovative curriculum developments and professional reflection among her peers.

A member of the ETAQ Management Committee since 2007, Michelle has actively sought to contribute positively and productively to the Association on a number of levels: as book sales convenor, as a frequent workshop presenter, as a member and Chair of the Professional Development Sub-committee, as a convenor of PD activities, and as a member of the steering committee planning the AATE/ALEA National Conference to be held in Brisbane in 2013.

Michelle’s generosity in the sharing of her time and work at local, state and international conferences has been substantial. Her presentations at various seminars and conferences and at the International Boys’ School Coalition Conference, held in London this year, are evidence of her firm belief in the vital importance of supporting the wider English teaching and learning community.

As an English teacher and as a teacher-librarian, Michelle consistently models professionalism, inspires collaboration, affirms others and plays a leading role in leading her peers through the rapidly changing landscape that is the 21st Century English classroom.

Upcoming Events

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 What is now proved was once only imagined&nbs...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   8:10 AM
Date:   Saturday 21st March 2020
Venue:   Brisbane Grammar School
Venue Address:   Corner Gregory Terrace andCollege Road
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


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


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.  For those who are interested in offering a presentati...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 9th May 2020
Venue:   To be confirmed


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