So today has brought about a new English syllabus for Stage 6 – our year 11 and 12 students. Much has been captured in the media about these changes. Some of the more incredible headlines ‘mark a return to Shakespeare.’ I hate to burst anyone’s bubble but Shakespeare never left the syllabus. He never left the junior school just as he hasn’t left the HSC. His spirit lives on in his tragedies. Mostly his tragedies. I love Shakespeare – an incredibly intriguing man who wrote countless plays and sonnets – many of which are studied in schools today.
I am interested to discover what is considered to be ‘quality literature.’ I am pleased there will be greater focus on writing. I have found that in spite of the complex and sophisticated ideas that are often discussed in English classes, some of it comes at the expense of teaching writing.
I am, by nature, someone who sees these challenges as new opportunities to learn. Opportunities to reflect on my teaching practice and see what needs to be changed or refined.
I will reflect a little more once I have had an opportunity to read the variety of documents about the new syllabus and assessment.