Now that the dust has again settled, and after much chat and reflection, I believe that this year’s annual conference was the best to date!
Despite the typical term four slump, and dreaded discussion about funding and release time, if you can manage to make the conference your teaching will be energised and refreshed. It is an honour to volunteer and work alongside a wonderful team of teaching professionals.
My favourite presentation was S3.7 Affective and effective Innovation within the new curriculum using IWitness. Fast paced and informative, I was busy making links with future lessons and text choices, and looking forward to the inclusion of Stolen Generation testimony from next year. This site, http://iwitness.usc.edu/SFI/, holds over 1300 video testimonies, multimedia activities and digital resources to encourage deep knowledge through active learning. It allows students to connect with the past, engage with the present and motivates them to build a better future.
There are direct links with the teaching of Advanced Mod C: History and Memory and The Fiftieth Gate, but I think iWitness would be an excellent contextual resource for the upcoming new prescriptions list, specifically Standard Mod B: Close Study of Text and Stasiland. Junior years would benefit from a caring and compassionate approach when introducing this resource.
If you missed the conference, remember to log on to download a range of presentations and papers http://www.englishteacher.com.au/
The ETA has recently received several accolades, including a prestigious Australian Teachers of Media award for their excellent teaching resource on Paul Kelly. Well done, Eva and Mel. Click here for more details http://atomawards.org/tertiary-industry-category/best-educational-training-resource-primary-secondary/
You can download your free resource here: http://www.englishteacher.com.au/Resources/FreeTeachingResources.aspx
And that’s not all!
The ETA also won an Innovative Association Award from the Australian Professional Teachers Association. In their notification letter, the APTA Board stated that they were particularly impressed with the areas of supporting teachers through high quality professional development and advocacy for members.
My biggest thanks
goes to the great team of volunteer presenters I led in delivering an overview of new HSC texts for the 2015 Prescriptions. Their dedication and enthusiasm remains inspiring, and my closing thanks for the last session of the last day expressed my belief that the future of “our profession is in good hands”