John Harrop
Good Shepherd Catholic College - Mount Isa

Number of years teaching:
10

Where else have you taught?
Mountain Creek State High School, Yepoon State High School

Why are you an English teacher?
I love to engage with students in a way that is real, authentic. The topics that we teach and the issues that we explore have real-world application for them. I have the great privilege of teaching teenagers and they are often looking for inspiration and answers to the questions of life. They want to know "why?" The are seeking inspiration, often edged with a tragic cynicism, and when that moment of inspiration, of insight, of understanding comes - it's wonderful moment for them - and for me. The learn to communicate, to share, to argue as they stumble toward independence and it's my joyful task to help prepare them for the next stage of their life. That's why I am an English teacher.

What do you love about English teaching?

There is no other subject that explores the depth and breadth of the human condition more than the study of English. Through a vast diversity of texts we engage with life - we explore love, romance, fear, courage, valour, deceit, kindness, power - we gain insights into both the heart and mind of authors and characters from the past, the present and the future. The study of English allows our imagination to fly ... there is no other subject that inspires me so.

What gets you excited about the future of English teaching?

I'm excited about the outstanding quality of the new English teachers that I see arriving in our school. They are enthusiastic and passionate about teaching English and it's a wonderful contagion. I am inspired by the range and diversity of new texts that continue to arrive on the scene - especially the increasing breadth of texts from cultures beyond our shores. I love the developing digital world and the way that it has enhanced my own teaching in the classroom. For English and English teachers, the future has never been brighter.

Upcoming Events

James Cook University presents

JCU will present Digital Storytelling @ JCU, a Professional Development Workshop on Saturday 4th May, 2019 from 9:00 - 1:00 at James Cook University. Associate Professor Ryan Cordell (Northeastern University, Boston) will join us via videolink to discuss innovatirve teaching methods that use both new and old media to better enga...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 4th May 2019
Venue:   James Cook University
Phone Enquiries:   0455 464 000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


May Masterclass 2019: Ready, set ... mark!

May Masterclass: Ready, set ... mark The May Masterclass will be held at University of Queensland, St Lucia  on 18th May, 2019 for the full day - 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. This event will focus on task design, moderation, quality assessment, and assessment and standards for years 7-10. The program is available here now and reg...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 18th May 2019
Venue:   University of Queensland
Phone Enquiries:   0455 464 000
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


State Conference 2019

State Conference will be held on 17th August 2019 at Lourdes Hill College,Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne. Bronwyn Lea, UQ will present a keynote address on the value of  poetry in the new curriculum landscape. Second keynote  to be confirmed. As usual there will be a huge range of practical and inspirational workshops for you to ...

Category:   State Conference
Start Time:   1:00 PM
Date:   Saturday 17th August 2019
Venue:   Lourdes Hill School
Phone Enquiries:   0455 464 000


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