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

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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