Peter Botsman Award 2000

Patsy Norton

Patsy provides a model of what it is to be an English teacher – not just to teach English, but to BE an English teacher.

She has an open, collaborative and collegial approach, encouraging her staff to act independently, confidently and as part of a community of English teachers. Patsy’s contribution to the STELLA Project has been wide-ranging and consistent, and her support of the project has encouraged others to participate.

Patsy shares her ideas and her passion for language with other teachers and students. Her clear communication and purposeful lessons are models of practice. She is willing to change tack and to diverge when it seems appropriate, in her words, she is a ‘risk-taker’ and her enjoyment of the classroom is infectious.

She has a feel for the pulse of learning.

She is also acutely aware – always ready to intercede or facilitate change where necessary.

It is Patsy’s willingness to share that makes her a master English teacher. That is, to share her personal stories, her passion, her experience, her thoughts and her time and to share them with students, student-teachers and other staff. Equally it is her passion for language and for the value of English teaching and for excellence, that prompt this nomination.

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
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 event is ful...

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


Voices in the past,Voice in the present

Nicole Broadley and Susan McCosker will present a workshop on Saturday 24 July 2021. The workshop will deal with two texts Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Stranger Things by the Duffer Brothers.  This presentation will be via zoom and will run from 9:00 till 11:00 am. For further information, download the flyer. Registrat...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 24th July 2021
Venue:   ZOOM
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 7 August 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 7th August 2021
Venue:   St Laurence's College
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


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