Peter Botsman Award 2010

Paul Sherman

Paul Sherman’s contribution to English teaching in Queensland has been long, multi-faceted and of continuing high quality.

After a stint as a cadet journalist and tertiary study at the University of Queensland, Paul began work as a high school teacher of English and drama in the late 1950s. During his career with the Queensland Department of Education he taught in state high schools at Murgon, Banyo, Kedron and Pine Rivers and also served as a lecturer at what was then Kedron Park Teachers College.

Paul was an inspiring classroom teacher and his students benefited from his passion for, and deep knowledge of literature. In addition, he was able to bring to bear on his classroom work with students the special perspectives of being both an accomplished and experienced actor and a published poet and playwright. Students who had Paul Sherman as an English teacher were very fortunate indeed.

Paul is now long retired from full-time teaching and this award seeks particularly to acknowledge the valuable contribution that he continues to make as a volunteer in schools.

He generously donates his time to present one-man shows that bring literature to life in classrooms for today’s students. Many schools have had their English programs significantly enriched by Paul’s lively performances of Australian poetry and scenes from Shakespeare. His enthusiasm, talent and deep knowledge coupled with friendliness and an engaging sense of humour ensure the active participation of students and bring the words of classic texts off the page and into action.

As well as this on-going volunteer work in schools, Paul has been a long time member and supporter of the English Teachers Association of Queensland and has been a regular contributor to its journal Words’Worth.

Just as many individual students over many years have gained from Paul’s work, the profession of English teaching in Queensland as a whole has been richer for the high quality contribution of this outstanding English teacher.

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Diving Deep into External Assessment

Student and teacher events: Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay Latest update Detailed information statement and instructions were sent to schools on Wednesday 2nd September. A copy is available here for your information Pre-recorded materials open to registered participants from 3pm,  with live discussion in half hour bloc...

Category:   Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time:   3:00 PM
Date:   Wednesday 30th September 2020
Venue:   Online
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Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay for teachers

The Teacher workshop  information and links will be sent to registered participants on Thursday morning Teachers can view the webinar session Preparing Students for the EA on Saturday morning then participate in our live discussion. Or you can choose to run your own workshops later.  Pre-recorded material will be available f...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Monday 12th October 2020
Venue:   Online
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
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SCCC Resource sharing

Andrew Snee and the Senior English staff at  Southern Cross Catholic College would like to share some of the teaching strategies and modelling/scaffolding resources that have been implemented and devised for the demands of general English. From analysing representations of prejudice and alienation in literary texts to creating engaging im...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 17th October 2020
Venue:   Online
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Early Career Conference 2020: Diving Deep into Teaching

This event for teachers in their first five 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.  This event has been re-scheduled for Saturday 24 Octob...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 24th October 2020
Venue:   Wynnum SHS
Venue Address:   25 Peel Street, MANLY
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Essential English - Community of Practice Event

Essential English is new for everyone in 2020. We have all been busy creating rigorous and engaging programs for our students and guiding them through a period of extraordinary change and disruption. Now we're ready to take some time out for us. Our community of practice event is an opportunity for us to share some of the exciting work we...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 7th November 2020
Venue:   Citipointe Christian College
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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