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Exciting times ahead

Now I know that all English teachers have no doubt begun to look at the new Stage 6 Syllabus and are thinking about ways they may program for year 11 in 2018. I must admit that programming is one of … Continue reading

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Inspiring a love of poetry

In my year 8 class, we haveĀ been studying poetry this term. Some classics and some contemporary poems. Throughout the unit, students have been given opportunities to perform poetry, respond to poetry and to write their own poetry. We have spent … Continue reading

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Authentic Learning

There is much that has been published about ‘Authentic Learning.’ I think the idea of grounding learning in a real world context is a good idea. It makes sense to help students make links between the skills and knowledge they … Continue reading

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Back into the swing of things…

I have to confess: it has been a really busy year and I have not blogged nearly as much as I would have liked. Returning to work after having a baby, balancing full time work and family commitments is something … Continue reading

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First impressions…

Tomorrow I am going to meet my new department and the current Head of English. She is retiring at the end of the year and I will be replacing her. From all accounts, she is well-liked, highly respected and has … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

It’s taken a lot of thinking and reflecting but I’ve made the decision to reduce my commitments from being a member of the College executive at my current school and I’ve accepted a position as English Coordinator (subject head) at … Continue reading

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Has Naplan lost its way?

My niece starts year 3 this year. She is a bright, happy and intelligent young girl who absolutely loves going to school and loves to learn. She is inquisitive and has a curious mind. She asks a lot of questions, … Continue reading

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