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

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. The program for the morning will address: Learnings to date: messages from QCAA, Adv...

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 7th August 2021
Venue: St Laurence's College
Phone Enquiries: 0455464000
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Darling Downs Branch presents

The Darling Downs Branch will present Everything about the external exam on Wednesday 11 August from 3:30 to 5:30pm.  Join us for an afternoon to reconnect with English colleagues, engage in discussion and explore ideas on how to prepare students for the external exam.
The afternoon will commence with Kathleen Hannant, Head of Engl...

Category: Workshop
Start Time: 3:30 PM
Date: Wednesday 11th August 2021
Venue: Toowoomba SHS
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au
venue information: Venue is Toowoomba State High School Performing Arts Centre
   Enter via Stuart Street Parking halfway up driveway on left
   PAC is also on the left next to the car park.


Grammar PD term 3

To assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E), a further session will be held on Saturday 28 August at a venue (to be announced) in the metropolitan area.  Download the flyer for further details. If your school is inter...

Category: Workshop
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 28th August 2021
Venue: TBA
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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
 Repeating On specific dates
Venue: Online
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Pre-service teachers present

Townsville branch will present EMBEDDING INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES IN AUSTRALIAN SHORT STORY UNIT. by a group of pre-service teachers on Saturday 16 October 2021 from 9 am till 11 am.

See the flyer for more details. Registrations will open on 1st September.

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 16th October 2021
Venue: Online
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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