Garry Collins


School of Education, The University of Queensland
Number of years teaching: 35 years in high schools; about 10 years part-time in universities

Where else have you taught?


Gladstone State High School (12 years: 1969-1981); Horsenden Hill Boys Secondary Modern in London's western suburbs (6 weeks in 1974); Ferny Grove State High School (21 years: 1982-2005); Winston Churchill High School in Eugene, Oregon, USA (1 year - 1991); Clarkson Secondary School in Mississauga, a satellite city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1 year - 1997); QUT; Griffith University; ACU.


What is your favourite book? Poem? Australian author?


I can't identify a single "top of the list" text but some favourite novels and plays are: 'Catch 22', 'Tristram Shandy', 'My Brother Jack', 'The Importance of Being Earnest', 'Hamlet', 'The One Day of the Year'.
Some poems I like well enough to know by heart are: 'The Geebung Polo Club', 'The Man from Ironbark', 'A Bush Christening', 'The Highwayman', 'My last Duchess', 'To his Coy Mistress', 'Gunga Din', 'Captain Bumble's Letter', and the greatest of all Australian poems, 'Butchers' by Redmond Phillips.


What is your best classroom moment?


As with texts, I find it very difficult to select single stand-outs but I recall feeling significant professional satisfaction with a series of term-long, writing and reading workshop organized units of work that I conducted with junior school classes at Ferny Grove High. Classroom operation was modelled on ideas that I first encountered in Nancie Atwell's book 'In the Middle: Writing, Reading and Learning with Adolescents'. My adaptation of these ideas was to incorporate a central focus text rather than just allowing completely open choice of writing topics. We had fun using such texts as the narrative poem 'The Highwayman' and the script of a 'Get Smart' episode.
On another tack, since I have become an enthusiastic functional grammar nerd, any classroom moment in which I can see an opportunity to explicitly focus on the way the grammar works is a good one.
 

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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