EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
ETAWA invites ‘Expressions of Interest’ for the following positions:
Project Manager – Professional Development
ETAWA is looking for a highly qualified and self-motivated person to implement a new professional development program for members. The position requires an individual who has experience developing teaching resources, managing financial assets and project funds, co-ordinating resources and bookings, delivering high-quality publications and presentations, and communicating with teachers.
This position will require approximately 8 hours of work a week and the project manager will be guided by the ETAWA executive, as well as the Professional Development sub-committee.
Please provide a 100 word summary of experience and your interest in the position, as well as your CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 7th, 2017.
Editor – Interpretations
ETAWA is seeking a new editor for our academic journal, Interpretations. This journal is dedicated to providing a high standard of professional reading for members and is produced once or twice a year. ‘Expressions of Interest’ are invited from secondary English teachers and academic researchers who are dedicated to supporting English teaching and promoting research and teaching materials to classroom teachers. Editors are paid a small honorarium for each edition that is produced and copyediting assistance is provided.
Please provide a 100 word summary of experience and interest in the position, as well as a CV, to email@example.com by April 7th, 2017.
CURTIN SCHOOL OF EDUCATION VOLUNTEERS
A number of Curtin School of Education Bachelor of Education (Secondary, with an English major) Pre service teachers have expressed interest in volunteering to work alongside a class teacher to support students with low literacy levels.
These pre service teachers are highly motivated and understand the centrality of in-school experience in preparing themselves for a career in education.
Curtin has formal procedures around volunteering and students do get recognition on their academic transcript if they complete a specified number of hours.
Metropolitan schools interested in having second or third year students working on a voluntary basis in the English/ literacy areas.
Please contact Jocelyn Cook for additional information.
phone: 9266 5624 (Mon to Thurs)
PESA is a public speaking competition for students in years 11 & 12 held in each state between February and July since 1978. YOU are invited to Register and meet the challenge to test your use of the English language and to gain confidence in speaking in public. See attached flyer for further information
There is a change in format and instructions to the 2016 Literature ATAR course examination due to it being marked online.
In Section Two: Extended response which contains a set of questions, candidates are required to choose two different questions. The change is that the initial set of questions is repeated to assist the online marking process. The candidates have to choose their second question from the repeated set.
The ETAWA council recently reviewed the confidentiality agreement, terms and conditions of the embargo period for the ETAWA produced exam papers and as a result the following amendment has been made to Section 2.
Please follow link to attachment for further details. Important Announcement
Professional authors supporting students and teachers in schools
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has launched an exciting new program, Reading Australia BookPros (RA BookPros).
Our authors conduct writing workshops in the classroom and introduce teachers to new, free, online resources: Reading Australia.
Workshops are aimed at developing thinking, literacy and writing skills of students and at boosting enthusiasm for writing.
Please click HERE for a booking request
Many of you will remember teacher, writer and academic Annette Patterson, who died in Sydney recently. Her death is a deeply felt personal loss to her many friends, colleagues and ex-students, and a professional loss to English Education and Teacher Training.
Please follow the link below to a re-count which recognises her special place in Western Australian English and Literature education
Click on the link below to the Conference page – Early Bird Registration NOW OPEN
Fred Smith is an Australian diplomat and songwriter who has developed, in cooperation with Regional Arts Victoria, a theatre show and music album called Dust of Uruzgan.
Between 2009-2013, Smith worked on and off for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade alongside Australian troops in Uruzgan province, Southern Afghanistan. While his main role was building relationships with provincial government figures and tribal leaders in the province, Smith also wrote an album of songs during his time there.
The term one edition of ETA Notes has been sent out, so you should have received them in the mail this week. You can also download an electronic copy, which is available to our members through the website www.etawa.org.au/eta-notes. Just log in with your user name and password and you’ll find it, along with previous editions, in the publications tab at the top of the site. This edition is packed with info about our upcoming conference.
The resources in this section are from the Year 9 “Heroes” project that has run successfully at St Stephens school. The teachers involved in producing these materials are Christine Crump, Sara Dougall, Daniel Ramsey and Joan Rice.
Thank you to Christine Crump for facilitating the sharing of these materials.
The concept behind Reading Australia is to encourage the reading of Australian literature, old and new, particularly in schools. Two brochures can be accessed by downloading the link below which you are welcome to copy and share with your colleagues.
The resources in this section were produced by pre-service teachers studying at UWA in semester 2, 2013. They worked with draft course materials for the new senior secondary courses. They worked in groups to produce a semester length program for a unit of their choice. Each member of the group worked on several weeks of the program. Students produced a rationale for their work, plus a program and teaching resources to support the teaching focus. These materials are all student work, and included without edit or alteration. They are not quality assured by the ETA or anyone else, but are included as samples in the spirit of sharing and providing new ideas regarding text selection etc.
While the hard copies of ETA Notes are still held up at the printers and should be posted out to members next week, the full colour edition has now been placed online! Members with a website login can access the latest copy on the website, under the publications tab. Lots of news and interesting articles this edition, as well as some resources from pre-service teachers. Enjoy the read, and remember if you’d like to see your name in ETA Notes, feel free to send your contributions through for the term 1 edition!
Dear APTA Board members and member associations,
You are invited to nominate individuals and associations for the 2013 Australian Professional Teachers Association’s Awards.
The Australian Professional Teachers Association’s awards acknowledge the exemplary innovation and leadership carried out by individuals and associations who have made outstanding contributions to the work undertaken by professional teaching associations.
The 2014 AATE/ALEA National Conference is being held in Darwin from 9-12 July 2014. Call for Presenters opened on the 8th of July and closes on the 20th of December 2013.
2014 National Conference Call for Presenters
Expressions of interest are now open for ETAWA Exam Writers
for English and Literature for 2014
ETAWA are seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced English and Literature teachers who would like to be considered for examination writing roles for 2014. ETAWA will produce papers for:
English Stage 1 , Stage 2 year 11, stage 2 year 12, Stage 3
Literature Stage 2, Stage 3
To be considered for an exam writing role, teachers should send a brief expression of interest specifying which examination papers they wish to be considered for and detailing why they should be chosen for the role. Applicants should also list the senior school English and Literature courses and stages they have taught in the past 5 years and any other relevant experience (ie WACE marking). Preference will be given to teachers who have taught the course/s they are applying for in the past 3 years. Applications should be no more than 600 words and should be submitted by 4pm Friday 27th September 2013 to Paula.Beck@etawa.org.au
Payment for exam writing is $1000 per examiner per paper. Examiners work in pairs to produce a semester one and two paper for the stage they are allocated.
Any queries with regard to these roles should be directed to the examinations coordinator via email to: Paula.Beck@etawa.org.au
The examination writing process for 2014 will commence in term 4, 2013 and end in term 3 2014.
Term 3 edition of ETA Notes is now available for ETA members, online through our website publications tab. Print copies will be sent to all members early next week. At 40 pages, there is plenty for you to read in the new edition, and lots of contributions from members. Read about the ETA events held in term 2 & 3 including our state conference, student conference, the AATE conference, and the Kimberley Stories PD. You will also find articles about different resources, strategies and events shared by members, and the next chapter in the ETA history commenced in term 1. Two ETAWA examiners have shared their reflections after their first year of writing exams, and I’ve deliberately placed these alongside our expression of interest information for new examiners. Being an examiner is great PD, and you are well supported by the ETA Exam team throughout the process. I encourage members to consider applying for one of these positions. Applications close on Friday 27th September (end of term). I am now collecting information and articles for the term 4 edition of ETA Notes. All members are encouraged to share your good news stories, teaching success, great programs or activities or reviews of books that would be useful to others. You can read this edition in full colour online, or black and white (with colour covers) in the print version. http://www.etawa.org.au/publications/eta-notes/
We are delighted that UWA Co-op Bookshop will be selling copies of Kimberley Stories edited by Sandy Toussaint at our upcoming ETAWA and UWA professional learning event based on this book. This is a great opportunity to hear about a new text that will help teachers address a variety of aspects of the Australian curriculum. With an assortment of short texts from a wide variety of indigenous and non indigenous Australian contributors, there is a richness in having a text that centres on a region, and a strong relevance and sense of connectedness for Western Australians. The session will be held from 4-6 on Thursday 29th August at UWA. Registration is $50 for members and $100 for non-members. Afternoon tea is included from 4-4.30 with the session starting promptly at 4.30. For further information email Paula.Beck@etawa.org.au
Register now to ensure you don’t miss out! http://www.etawa.org.au/category/events/professional-development/
Semester 2 ETAWA exam orders close on 23rd August! If you haven’t already placed your order for semester 2 exams, please prioritise this as no late orders will be accepted. Our printing will be based on actual orders placed and we are not able to provide electronic copies.
Order forms are available on our website: http://www.etawa.org.au/publications/eta-exam-papers/
PD: Our next professional learning event will be held on Thursday 29th August from 4-6pm at UWA. This session will be based on the book Kimberley Stories and will be conducted by the editor of the book Sandy Toussaint and well known teacher and teacher educator Julie Easton. Come along and hear about the book and how it might be utilised in English classes. As always, registration is discounted for ETA members. Please register promptly as numbers are limited for this session. The registration form and further information about the session can be found by downloading the information at: http://www.etawa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Australian-Literature-PD-sessions-Kimberley-Stories.pdf
ETAWA are happy to offer teachers a useful professional learning experience – two sessions to help with senior secondary English teaching. Come to both or just drop in for one.
4.30pm Year 11 ATAR English: Comprehending
5.15pm Imaginative writing in the senior years
Are you looking for teaching approaches to literacy and numeracy that are making a difference in Australian schools?
The Teach, Learn, Share database www.teachlearnshare.gov.au is a national resource where educators and education systems are sharing their most effective approaches to literacy and numeracy teaching and learning in Australia.
Funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the database includes descriptions of successful literacy and numeracy initiatives being delivered in a diverse range of school settings and provides links to relevant research in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Teachers, schools and school systems put forward their exemplary practice for inclusion on the site and experienced literacy and numeracy educators and researchers assess each submission against the standards of evidence, establishing how effective the strategies were in improving literacy and numeracy outcomes for school aged students. The reports published on the site have been written by literacy or numeracy experts and include detailed information regarding the development and implementation of the approach and the evidence-based research from which it was developed.
How do I find the information I need?
The database search facility can target specific literacy and numeracy strategies for specific target groups, year levels, locations and demographic categories.
The reports include a clear outline of the methods employed, the results achieved and lessons learned and suggested future steps. The research base which underpinned the development of the strategy is identified and extensive further information and online links are provided. In most cases you can also contact the applicant to find out more information about the approach.
Can I still lodge a submission for the Teach, Learn, Share website
From time to time the site will be open for new submissions. Go to www.teachlearnshare.gov.au to find out further information about lodging a submission. If selected for publishing you will get the assistance of a literacy or numeracy expert who will write a detailed account of your work.
Answers to frequently asked questions can be downloaded from the home page.
A help desk operates 9am-5pm EST on 1800 076 331 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have now made available to Members, the “Beyond Michael Moore” PowerPoint Presentation and the “Exit Through the Gift Shop PDF”
1. Click Curriculum and Assessment Outline_doc for prof associations, etc to read the document from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority regarding their proposed Curriculum and Assessment Outline. They are inviting comment by FRIDAY 7TH JUNE!
2. Thank you to all those members who participated in our conference activities, either as presenters or delegates. If you would like to write about your experience we always welcome material for ETA Notes.
3. One of our female members is looking for someone to share accommodation for the AATE conference in Brisbane in order to reduce costs of attendance. If you are interested, please reply and we can pass on details.
4. Dymocks Garden City supported our conference as our book seller at the dinner this year. Ann Poublon from Dymocks Garden City has asked us to let members know that they are happy to open accounts for ETA members, or set up school accounts. If anyone is interested they can contact Ann on 93155568 or call the store on 93647687 and speak to Jeremy Moir or Sarah.
For full program information for our annual conference, click the link below. Friday sessions commence at 850 with registration from 850. Pre dinner drinks are from 630 with dinner from 7. See you there!
1. What time does the conference start?
Registrations and coffee will open at 8.15 on both days, with the Welcome to Country starting the conference on Friday at 8.50 and the Saturday opening starting at 9am.
2. What time can we arrive for the dinner?
Pre-dinner drinks start at 6.30pm and the AGM and dinner will commence at 7pm. Please note, don’t come late to avoid the AGM as it will be a very brief summary of information from the previous year. Last year’s lasted about 10 minutes and is integrated into the evening.
3. Can we still register this week?
Yes, please do! We would love to have as many members as possible attending the conference on either or both days.
4. Will there be book sellers?
Yes, and they will be stocking titles from the authors appearing on the program.
5. Can we bring our own copies of authors books to be signed?
Yes! I am!
6. Will there be vegetarian options on the menu?
Yes, we will have buffet for lunch and dinner
7. What do you think we shouldn’t miss?
All of it!
8. Can we register for just one session?
Yes – the cost for one session is $50 and this must be done via email or fax registration only as this is not set up on our online payment system.
9. Will I enjoy it? Will there be sessions where I can go back to school and try something straight away?
10. Transport and parking options?
The Esplanade Hotel is a short walk from the Fremantle train station and bus station. There are numerous car parks nearby the hotel including an all day carpark in the next street.
Any other questions? Let me know and I’ll respond asap.
I look forward to chatting to many of you on Friday and Saturday!
2 weeks to go! Two weeks from now we’ll be at The Esplanade Hotel enjoying catching up with colleagues and participating in a variety of professional learning sessions. For those attending, we have a wide variety of sessions on offer, quality food and drinks, trade displays for you to peruse, and a heap of items to give away over the course of the two days and the dinner. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Register now before you get caught up in the hustle of term 2 next week! If you want to learn something you can apply in school the following week, listen to Brad Tyrell and Trevor Galbraith as they give you tech tips, or listen to Rose Moscaro as she leads you through some creative writing ideas, or hear what Bruce Derby has to say that will get you thinking about different ways of planning lessons for your own IT development, or hear James Moloney speak about strategies to keep boys reading in high schools, or hear Jessica Bidwell speak about the successful literacy strategy at Gilmore College, or choose from many of the other varied sessions on offer. For further information about the conference or to register, go to: http://www.etawa.org.au/etawa-2013-state-conference/
The inaugural Alexandra Solosy memorial lecture will be delivered on Saturday 18th May from 3-4pm at The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle. Further information on the lecture is available in the download below.
Have you been waiting to see what sessions would be on offer before deciding if you’d go to the ETAWA conference this year? Click the button below to find a summary of the sessions on offer this year! Early bird rates closing soon. Get your registrations in now!
Conference program summary
The term one edition of ETA Notes has been sent to the printer today, so expect to receive it in about a week. In the meantime if you’d like to download an electronic copy, it is now available to our members through the website www.etawa.org.au/publications/eta-notes. Just log in with your user name and password and you’ll find it, along with previous editions, in the publications tab at the top of the site. This edition is packed with info about our upcoming conference as well as our student day at the museum.
Our presenter info and registration form, including session preferences information, is now available for our cultural day for students in years 7-10. The day will commence at 8.50am and finish at 2.20pm on Thursday 16th May at the Fremantle Maritime Museum. Registrations are set at $15 per person with one teacher registration free per 15 students. Those attending are requested to bring their own food and drinks for the day. A morning tea and lunch break are scheduled as part of the day. Please register promptly to ensure you don’t miss out. Schools who preregistered have their places held, and will now need to send in their registration forms for selection of sessions and invoicing.
A day at the museum registration form
A day at the museum presenter information
The 2013 conference will be held on Friday 17th May and Saturday 18th May at The Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle.
Presenters for the conference are as follows:
Welcome to Country: Matt McGuire
Keynote Speaker: Helen Trinca
Plenary Speaker: Glyn Parry
Dinner Speaker: Jane Caro
Concurrent sessions: Colin Thompson, Matt Ottley, James Moloney, ABC Splash, Francis Burt Law Centre, Ron Barton & Jason D’Argent, the Red Room Company, Bernadette Nye, Laraine Reason, Leith Daniel, the State Library WA, Rose Mascaro, Margaret Merga, Jody Rubery & Rachelle Kelly, Claire Jones.
Keynote speaker: Robert Drewe
Concurrent sessions: James Foley, James Moloney, Susan Midalia, Helen Trinca, Pippa Tandy, Brad Tyrell, Christine Crump, Warren Grellier with Steve Holborow and Jennie Morley and Maree Atkinson, Scrabble Players Association, Bruce Derby, Maggie McPhee and Shannon Allen, Stuart Bender, Adam Kealley, Jessica Bidwell, One World Centre.
The conference will conclude with our inaugural Alexandra Solosy memorial lecture which will be presented by Dr Ann McGuire.
The conference program including full session details will be available shortly.
Registrations are now open!
Register for conference
With sadness I notify the WA English teaching community of the death of Lynette Virgona. Lynette was a strong and passionate educator who will be remembered for her work as an English teacher and Head of Department, particularly at Swan View SHS, as well as her work in more recent years with the Department of Education in central office in the area of Classroom Management, and previously in Student Services roles. Lynette was a strong public school advocate and unionist, who has helped many teachers, either directly through her work roles, or through her advocacy and work in relation to educational change.
I know ETA members like to leave everything till the last minute, but here’s a deal you don’t want to miss. The Esplanade Hotel are offering discounted accommodation for our conference delegates during the conference this year at a rate of $229 for a superior room. This is a significant discount, but it is only available until the 19th April and for a maximum of 40 rooms that they are holding for us until that date. Contact the hotel direct to make your booking and mention you want the ETA conference special. The conference dinner is sure to be a highlight of the conference this year and an event you won’t want to miss. Booking a room will ensure you get the maximum out of the full conference package and don’t miss any of the activities on offer. We’ve got a great program being planned for you so make sure you get your room sorted so you can relax at the end of the dinner knowing you don’t have to drive home to sleep and come back again early in the morning.
You won’t want to miss any of our program this year with numerous interstate presenters flying in just for you, as well as many local presenters. There was a very large number of submissions to our call for papers, so expect a great range of papers.
Don’t miss out on our first professional learning session for this year! Dianne Touchell and Katie Fielding will discuss Dianne’s recently released book Creepy and Maud. Dianne will discuss creative writing in the English classroom and Katie will provide insights on useful ways of addressing Dianne’s book and explain why it would be a useful addition to a school English program and how it could be incorporated. See flyer and registration information in the links below. The session will be held at UWA in the Murdoch Lecture theatre from 4-6, with afternoon tea and networking from 4 – 4.30 and the session running from 4.30 – 6. Cost is $50 for members, $100 for non members, and discounts are offered for those booking the full suite of Australian Literature in Conversation sessions on offer for term 1 & 2. Education students are entitled to free registration to these events, but registration is still required due to venue restrictions and for catering purposes.
We are delighted to announce that Deb Fitzpatrick and Matt Ottley have been added to our list of authors who will present at ‘A Day at the Museum: Bringing authors and artists together with students’ on Thursday 16th May. Matt will present a small group double workshop session for talented students nominated by their schools for the session, Deb will present for larger audiences. We are very much looking forward to their contributions to the program, along with Mike Lefroy who will do walking workshops through and around the museum, Colin Thompson, James Moloney, James Foley, Red Room Company – presenting poetry workshops, and a great variety of drama and performance type workshops.
Matt Ottley will also be doing a presentation on his book Requiem for a Beast at the ETAWA annual conference on the following day.
Get your registrations in now to ensure you don’t miss out. Places filling fast for the student event!
ETAWA are short listed for a Bankwest Happy Communities grant for the month of March. If we win one of the grants the $1000 will be put towards costs for our student cultural event ‘A day at the Museum’. The funds will be allocated to help out with the travel expenses of our interstate authors. Please assist us to win one of the 3 grants on offer this month by voting for us. http://www.bankwest.com.au/about-us/in-the-community/happy-communities?tab=vote-now
You can also register to bring your students to the museum for the event on Thursday 16th May for $15 each.
A reminder to those who are keen to present at this year’s ETAWA annual conference on Friday 17th or Saturday 18th May at The Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle that our call for papers closes tomorrow. A number of people have contacted us this week expressing interest, but indicating they haven’t had a chance to get the proposal written yet. If you are struggling to get your abstract written please let me know at Paula.Beck@etawa.org.au so that I can work with you to ensure your proposal gets considered and you don’t miss out.
Reminder that the call for papers for our annual conference closes this Friday 1st March 2013. We welcome applications from members and non members to our conference on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May 2013 at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle. For further information, see the related blog post on our website.
Scholarship applications close 11th March for beginning teacher scholarships, country teacher scholarships and national conference scholarships.
While we will continue to announce a few more key presenters for our conference in coming days and weeks, we can now tell you that our morning keynote speaker for Friday 17th May will be Helen Trinca, managing editor at The Australian, and well reputed author, journalist and correspondent. Our dinner speaker for the Friday night conference dinner will be social commentator, advertising guru and author, Jane Caro, and our Saturday morning Keynote speaker will be the highly acclaimed author Robert Drewe. Our program will also include sessions by authors James Moloney, Colin Thompson, James Foley, Susan Midalia, and the eastern states based poetry group Red Room Company. Ann McGuire will present our inaugural Alexandra Solosy memorial lecture at the conclusion of the conference on Saturday 18th May. Registration forms will be available next week, with a significant discount for members, presenters and student members, as well as major discounts for early registrations.
ETAWA are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for the Saturday program of our conference will be Robert Drewe! Robert will also be available for book signings after his session. Registrations for the conference will be opening very soon, mark the dates in your diary now 17/18 May 2013, Esplanade Hotel Fremantle.
Exam paper orders for semester one will close on the last day of term 1. Please make arrangements to place your orders early to ensure you get your required copies. Our print run is now based on the number of orders placed as we can’t reuse exam papers due to copyright restrictions and can’t afford to have unusable stock. Printing will be ordered in the first week of the school holidays to ensure prompt supply to schools. Please note that our stage 2 year 11 paper will be 3 hours duration this semester, in keeping with the design brief. Schools are welcome to alter the timing of the exam.
ETAWA continues our professional learning program in term one with sessions by teachers and authors on Australian texts for use in schools. Each of these sessions is offered after school at UWA and includes afternoon tea and an opportunity to network with colleagues before the commencement of the session. We are offering a discount for teachers who book to attend the entire program, and free registration for new student members, subject to availability in the sessions at the time of booking. Spaces are limited, so book early to guarantee your place as our term four sessions did book out.
Secure your booking now for your students to attend our student festival ‘A day at the museum: bringing authors and artists together with students’. Being held at the Maritime Museum in Fremantle on Thursday 16th May 2013, this event will be an excellent opportunity for your year 7-10 students to hear from a variety of authors, illustrators and other artists in one day. Students will attend a range of sessions during the day to gain the benefit of hearing from a variety of voices and styles in one day. Tickets for this event are $15 each with one teacher free with every 15 students attending. The cost is being subsidised by the English Teachers Association of WA as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. Many of the presenters from this day will also be presenting for teachers at the 2 day ETAWA annual conference in the days following this event. Numbers are strictly limited at the museum, so please register your interest early by downloading and completing the form below, to ensure you secure your booking for this event. There is no minimum group size for attending this event.
A day at the museum: Bringing authors and artists together with students – registration form
ETAWA are delighted to announce the involvement of Helen Trinca in our conference program for 2013. Helen has had a successful career as an author, editor, journalist, and is currently the managing editor of the Australian. Your conference committee consider Helen a valuable addition to our program and look forward to listening to her speak about professional writing.
We have recently updated our guidelines for submissions to our association journal Interpretations. We would love to have more submissions from members, so if this is something that interests you, download the guidelines below and get in contact if you would like further information.
Have you heard James Moloney is coming to Perth? He is coming to speak at the ETAWA student and teacher conferences in May! If you love James Moloney’s novels keep an eye on our site as we’ll have more information in coming weeks, but James has agreed to come to Perth and speak at our conferences. If you’re not familiar with James’ novels, start reading now!
Put the conference dates in your diary now: student conference (yr 7-10) Thursday 16th May, teacher conference 17 & 18 May. All events based in Fremantle. Scholarships available for new teachers and those in country areas. Call for papers is now open. I’d love to see some new voices on the conference program! All welcome to apply.
Lock the dates in your diary now as you won’t want to be double booked for the 16th – 18th May this year!
As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we’re looking to secure a variety of great speakers to inspire our members at our annual conference, while also bringing in an assortment of presenters to inspire and educate WA students.
We are delighted to announce that Jane Caro will be our dinner speaker this year! After the success of last year’s dinner we are expecting this to be a popular event and would encourage those keen to attend the dinner to register early. We will have a special conference accommodation rate at The Esplanade Hotel, so those who wish to make the most of the evening can book a room for the night and not have to rush in to Fremantle for the Saturday program. More information on bookings for the dinner and hotel will be made available soon.
We are also pleased to announce that both James Foley and Colin Thompson will be presenting at the student conference on Thursday 16th May and at our teachers conference.
More presenters will be announced soon. With 3 days of workshops, there will be plenty to inspire and motivate you, so plan now to attend.
Scholarship information for 2013 is now available! This year ETAWA will offer 9 conference scholarships in total. Three will be for the AATE/ALEA conference in Brisbane and six for our state conference, held 17-18 May at The Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle. Of the 6 state conference scholarships, 3 are for beginning teachers and 3 are for teachers in rural, regional and remote areas. Follow the link for further information.
2013 ETAWA scholarships
The 2013 ETAWA conference ‘Call for Papers’ has now been updated! This year’s conference will celebrate 50 years of ETAWA, with the theme of ‘Working Together’ applying for the year. We would love to see lots of members submitting proposals to present this year, as with a two day conference we have lots of sessions on offer! Sessions will be one hour duration.
Information for trade display and advertisers will be available soon, along with registration information.
The joint AATE/ALEA national conference will be held this year in Brisbane from 4th to 7th July, right as we end our 2nd term and begin the school holiday break. Registrations are now open. For further information visit the conference website: http://www.englishliteracyconference.com.au/index.php?id=46&year=1
If you would like to attend the ACER Excellence in Professional Practice conference being held on the Gold Coast in March, ensure you quote our association name in your registration so you can receive a 20% discount on your registration fees. A special offer has been provided to us, so please quote ‘English Teachers Association of WA’ on your registration to receive the discount. For further information about the conference, visit this site: http://www.acer.edu.au/eppc/participant-registration
Our call for papers for our state conference for 2013 is now open! Please download the attached information to apply. 2013 will celebrate 50 years of ETAWA and our conference is set to be one to remember. We will have a student conference on Thursday 16th May 2013, followed by our conference for English teachers on Friday and Saturday 17th and 18th May. All events will be held in Fremantle. Information about delegate registrations, trade information and scholarships will be provided to members early in the new year.
ETAWA 2013 Conference – Call for Papers
The deadline for proposals and submissions to present at the 2013 AATE conference in Brisbane will close on Friday 21st December. ETAWA would love to see some sessions being delivered by WA presenters appearing on the AATE conference program. We have many talented educators here with plenty to share, please consider applying to present. ETAWA will be advertising scholarships for the AATE conference early next year, and those delivering presentations are looked upon favourably in consideration of scholarships. For further information go to: http://www.englishliteracyconference.com.au/index.php?id=50&year=1
You are now able to take out a membership with ETAWA, or order copies of Good Answer books, online. We use a secure payment gateway to ensure your payment is protected. We will soon have an online form for ordering 2013 exam papers. Get in early to secure your requirements for 2013. To join ETA go to the membership tab on the ETA homepage, to order Good Answer books, go to the publications tab on the home page and select Good Answers! Membership of ETAWA provides you with free copies of all our publications, including four editions a year of ETA Notes, copies of our state journal Interpretations as well as our national journal English in Australia, discounts to professional learning events, access to our members only secure resource section of our website, and you will be part of an extensive professional learning network!
On November 15th 2012, Claire Jones delivered the opening lecture in the Australian Literature in Conversation series, jointly hosted by ETAWA and UWA. Click the link below to access a download of the audio from this lecture. While there is some audio interference early on in the audio this improves after a few minutes.
Do you need some new texts or to top up some old sets? Liz Howson from St Mary’s has been in contact to offer texts that they no longer need to ETA members who are willing to go and collect them before Tuesday 11th December. If you contact her this week she will let you know how many copies they have and what editions etc. Titles available are:
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Perth office is calling for expressions of interest from practising and retired teachers who would like casual employment in Perth as Test Invigilators and/or Markers. Click here for more information and an application form. Applications are submitted to ACER and the closing date is 21 December 2012.
We had a fantastic response to the first session of our Australian Literature in Conversation series yesterday afternoon at UWA, with approximately 60 English teachers meeting to hear Claire Jones talk about a range of new and forgotten Australian texts! This series, which is run in conjunction with the Chair of Australian Literature at UWA, will continue in term 1 with a diverse array of teachers and authors presenting information on texts that work well in schools. Have a look at our flyer to see who we have booked so far! We are delighted to be including in this series some presenters who would be familiar to ETA members, as well as some new voices for the ETA! Check back into this site regularly, or to our Facebook or Twitter pages, for registration details and dates as they become available. This information will also be sent to all members through our email mailing list.
Australian Literature in Conversation flyer
Macquarie University are currently recruiting for a continuing academic position in Secondary English Methodology.
The posting is available at:
A country member is seeking help to implement an idea! If you can help, please comment on this post, or email Paula.Beck@etawa.org.au and I will forward on your feedback. Her request is below:
“Our college is interested in having a website where we could share student prose and poetry online and have topics for students to respond to with creative and/or expository texts.. Do you know of any other WA school that is doing this? We would be interested in discussing their experience with them: how they set it up, the difficulties, etc as well as the positives …”
We are now accepting orders for 2013 Good Answer publications for stage 2 & 3 English, and stage 3 Literature. ETAWA will be the only supplier of Good Answers in 2013, so please ensure you get your order in to us directly so that your copies are secured. We will be supplying to schools and the general public. An online ordering process is currently being set up and should be available in the next couple of weeks. Those who wish to order now can fax, email or post order forms in.
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There are still a small number of stage 2 Good Answers 2012 English books available if anyone would like additional copies. These are on sale for $15.
ETAWA, in conjunction with UWA, will be hosting a series of professional learning opportunities for teachers on Australian Literature, commencing this term and continuing in term 1 2013. Claire Jones will be the first presenter in the series with a session on Thursday 15th November. The series will include sessions co-presented by authors and teachers. For further information on the first session, and to register, please download the form below:
Australian Literature PD info & registration
Map for venue
There are only 40 copies of Stage 2 English Good Answers 2012 remaining in stock! Get in quick if you would like to purchase. 2012 Literature and Stage 3 English have already sold out. All copies are now sold through CASM only. Please phone 0894270878 to enquire or order. Alternatively, orders can be faxed to: 0894270879 or emailed to email@example.com
Register now to learn about suitable texts to assist you with integrating information about Asian studies and/or Asian Literature in your English classes as you implement the Australian Curriculum.
English staff from Duncraig Senior High School will introduce participants to a range of texts that will help teachers address the Asian studies focus of the Australian Curriculum. As an Access Asia school for a number of years, Duncraig staff have been implementing and using Asian texts prior to the introduction of the Australian Curriculum. Come along and benefit from their expertise, enjoy an afternoon tea with colleagues from other schools, and receive some professional learning before the year ends!
Register now to guarantee your spot. Places are limited and we anticipate this will be a popular session!
Asian Literature PD registration form
Teachers invited to review teacher education. Participate now and stand to win an ipad3 (32GB, WiFi).
If you are a teacher who graduated in 2010/2011 and are working in ACT, NSW, SA, NT, TAS or WA, we want to hear from you regarding your views on your teacher education program.
You are invited to complete a survey examining the effectiveness of teacher education in equipping teachers for teaching careers.
This, the second of three teacher surveys developed through the LTEWS (National Longitudinal Teacher Education Workforce Study) project, focuses on understanding how teachers are prepared with the knowledge and skills to teach in today’s classrooms.
Teachers who complete the survey will go into the draw to win an ipad3 (32GB, WiFi). The online teacher survey is at:http://tinyurl.com/8vt64ad
For more information about LTEWS, see http://www.deakin.edu.au/
Special membership discount for new student members: Anyone who takes out a student/unwaged membership as a new member between now and the end of year will receive full ETA membership till the commencement of 2014 at the student rate of $49.50. A great offer, especially for those who will be starting their teaching careers next year. Join now to maximise benefits. Student members receive all member benefits, including discount rates to PD, copies of our newsletter and journals as well as access to our members access on the website, and emailed news updates. Membership is also a tax deduction.
We have done a mailout to all members this week, which includes the term 3 edition of ETA Notes and and a new edition of our national journal English in Australia. This likely arrived in schools yesterday, so make sure you take yours home today for holiday reading. This edition of Notes is a short one that is all articles and news only. The new edition of English in Australia looks great, with lots of articles on reading, and different issues in relation to reading in the National Year of Reading, as well as material about reading in the Australian Curriculum. I’m looking forward to reading it. Non members who join now will receive copies of both of these publications.
In 2013 copies of the popular ETAWA Good Answer books will only be available direct from ETAWA. All schools are asked to note this change to supply arrangements to avoid confusion and ensure they receive their expected supply. ETA will have order forms available on our website shortly and will email the form to all members. We do accept orders from individuals as well as schools, and books can be posted to schools, homes, or collected directly from the office at CASM in Perth as soon as they are available.
We apologise for any inconvenience this places on teachers and students, but this change has been deemed unavoidable as a result of the Wooldridges collapse.
Following a recent review of ETAWA exam processes, ETA Council have updated our policy and procedures for the preparation of ETA exam papers and are now calling for expressions of interest from ETA members who wish to be considered for one or more of our exam writing roles. In 2013 we will be producing examination papers for both semester 1 & 2 for stage 1, 2 (yr 11), 2 (yr 12) and 3 English, and stage 2 & 3 Literature. The payment for writing for a single exam and marking guide is $2000, so examiners can expect to be paid $1000 for each exam and marking guide they co-produce. Please read the attached document for more information about the role. [ilink url=”https://dl.dropbox.com/u/62559357/English%20Teachers%20Association%20of%20WA%20Policy%20on%20Examination%20Development%20%283%29.docx”]ETAWA policy of exam development[/ilink]
Members interested in being an ETA exam writer for 2013 should submit a brief expression of interest to Paula.Beck@etawa.org.au by Friday October 19th 2012, clearly outlining their recent experience teaching senior school courses and detailing which stages have been taught in recent years, as well as any other relevant information that may assist the ETA to select examiners.
The AATE have asked all ETAs to see if we can source some Australian Curriculum English resources from our member teachers and schools, so that the state representatives can look at them as a means to compare what is happening across the country, and also to further explore ways of supporting ETA members across Australia. Specifically, we are asking if anyone has established any task sheets, assessment rubrics, program or assessment outlines etc that they would be willing to share, to please forward them for this purpose. At this stage it is to compare the assessment practices across the country. Also of interest is any information about portfolios of work, and how you might be managing these and looking at assessing them.
If you are able to help and/or have further questions about this, please feel free to contact me.
ETAWA is offering six scholarships to attend the 2012 AATE Conference, to be held inSydney, 3rd and 4th October 2012 (with Masterclasses available on 2nd October).
Scholarships are available to any member of ETAWA (possessing either individual or group membership), although preference will be given to members who have not previously received a scholarship through ETAWA. Applications from members who are presenting at the conference are encouraged.
The scholarships are intended to cover airfares, accommodation, conference registration and meals to a maximum value of $2000 each. Bookings will be made by ETAWA in negotiation with the scholarship recipients.
Members who receive a scholarship are required to contribute a written submission (minimum 800 words) for Interpretations about their experience at conference and the sessions attended. The deadline for this will be in negotiation with the editors of Interpretations.
If you would like to apply for one of these scholarships, please email an application to Rod Quin, ETAWA secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org explaining in no more than 150 words why you believe you would be a deserving and/or worthy recipient.
Applications close Friday 7th September.
Further information about the conference is available at http://www.englishteacher.com.au/FiveBells/HOme.aspx
Bruce Derby has kindly agreed to share some resources he prepared for his 3A/3B Literature students on Othello. For those interested in the technical side of producing these resources, Bruce has used Prezi and a screen recorder. The resources are available on You Tube, but we’ve placed them here for our members to access.
Race and Othello: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tvG378nDuE&feature=plcp
Critical Readings and Approaches to Othello: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05Q24Lv0z1Y&feature=plcp
Minimum Grammar with Maximum Effect Part 1 – Warren Grellier
The following downloads are from professional learning sessions presented by Warren Grellier for the ETA in 2012. The first download is the presentation slides, others are notes and activities.
Download Part 1 Some technical terms for sentences Sentence activities
Minimum Grammar with Maximum Effect Part 2 – Warren Grellier
Due to popular demand we had Warren Grellier present a follow up presentation during August 2012. Below is a pdf download of the presentation slides and activities.
Download Part 2 Modality and Nominalisation activities
Do you have something to share with other members? A resource, a story about a great activity or lesson you conducted, info on something you’ve discovered? Submit materials now for inclusion in term 3 ETA Notes, which will be sent to members late in the term. We would love to include more material submitted by our members, so please consider sending us something so we can continue to build the newsletter. I know some schools are doing some great things to celebrate the National Year of Reading, we would love to feature photos or stories about these activities. If you’ve had any great guest speakers, authors, illustrators, or have been running revision programs or competitions, let us know and send in some pictures or stories for inclusion in ETA Notes. Have you started to implement the Australian Curriculum? Why not share your experience thus far, for the benefit of others? Submissions for this edition appreciated up to the end of week 5. Submissions after this date can be included in the term 4 edition.
Want help to integrate Australian Curriculum: English grammar instruction into your regular English classroom without doing boring worksheets? The latest PD offering from ETAWA will be held this Wednesday 8th August at UWA. Don’t miss out on this session.
Time is running out to place your semester two exam orders too.
Get in quick for both of these opportunities by contacting CASM on 94270878!
We have now sold out of the 2012 stage 3 English Good Answer books and will not be reordering more copies of this edition as all existing orders have been filled. Stock is still available for Stage 2 and Literature Good Answer books.
Due to popular demand, ETAWA are offering a follow up PD session for teachers who attended either of Warren Grellier’s grammar PD sessions earlier this year. This session is designed as a continuation for those who began exploring grammar concepts with Warren either at City Beach High School in term 1 or at Notre Dame University in term 2. If you attended one of those sessions, and would like to continue exploring how you can incorporate some basic grammar instruction into a broader English program to assist the improvement of student writing, while beginning to address aspects of the Australian Curriculum: English language strand, then fill out the attached registration form and join us to continue the discussion after school on Wednesday 8th August 2012.
AATE has entered into an agreement with ALEA and PETAA to produce and develop a series of teaching/learning sequences which will be directly aligned with the Australian Curriculum: English. These materials will be published on-line on a designated site linked to each of the participating associations’ websites for use by English teachers across the country.
Our project, English for the Australian Curriculum On-Line, is being funded and directed by Education Services Australia (ESA) as part of its Supporting the Australian Curriculum On-Line (SACOL) project.
AATE will be preparing and developing four teaching and learning sequences covering years 7 to 10 (one per year level). See the attached Project Brief for more details.
At this stage we are calling for either recommendations or expressions of interest from appropriately qualified and experienced educators from state and territory ETAs who might be interested in writing for these year level projects.
1. Individual or Corporate membership of a state or territory ETA;
2. Current or very recent best-practice English teaching experience;
3. Sound knowledge and understanding of the Australian Curriculum;
4. Demonstrated successful experience in writing for publication, and preferably, for digital delivery;
5. Willingness to work closely and co-operatively within a rigorous editorial process;
6. Ability to meet strict deadlines.
If you are interested in taking part in this exciting joint project please contact me via email at the address below, enclosing a brief summary CV and the names of two referees from your ETA. Similarly, if you would like to recommend individuals for this project, please get in touch with them and then advise me of their contact details.
A total of $5,000.00 will be paid for the successful completion of each unit, with progress payments negotiated at various milestones. All relevant expenses will be covered with some interstate travel being required, especially at the commencement of the work. There will be a writers’ briefing session in Sydney on Saturday, 14th July which successful applicants will need to attend. All travel and accommodation costs involved with the Sydney meeting will be funded by the project.
The project will run from the 14th July through to December 2012, with publication scheduled for April, 2013.
Apologies for the short notice, but EoIs need to reach me by no later than cob Monday 2nd July.
AATE EFAC Project Leader
Telephone (03) 6263 2207 Mobile: 0409 438 625
Alex Solosy’s funeral service will be held this Saturday (30th June 2012) at St John’s Church, Adelaide Street, Fremantle, commencing at 11am. St John’s Church is located in King’s Square near the Fremantle Town Hall.
Comments have now been enabled on this website so that friends can place tributes on our blog in response to our post announcing Alex’s death. We encourage members and friends to share their memories of Alex at this difficult time.
It is with great sadness that I write to notify members of the WA English teaching community of the death of our dear friend and colleague Alex Solosy. An outstanding teacher, presenter, and English consultant for the Catholic Education Office, Alex was also the Vice President of the ETA until our AGM last month, when she stepped down from ETA Council due to ill health. Alex’s contributions have been phenomenal and her positive, encouraging and tireless manner will be greatly missed. We are shocked to have lost one so strong so quickly. Conversations with Alex were often peppered with the words ‘brilliant’ and ‘great’. Alex was both brilliant and great, and we will miss her dearly. Rest in peace Alex.
ETAWA 2012 conference was a great success, with over 200 people in attendance at The Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle. It was great to see a diverse mix of members participating and enjoying the day. If you were there and would like to share a story from the day, please email Paula.Beck@etawa.org.au as we will be featuring more information about the sessions in our next edition of ETA Notes.
Our image gallery displays an assortment of photos captured on the day.
ACARA is conducting consultation on the draft senior secondary Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science and History until 20 July 2012. All WA English teachers are encouraged to consider the materials and provide feedback.
ETAWA is also planning on providing feedback on behalf of our members. If there are points you would like us to raise or include in our feedback to ACARA, please submit your comments to email@example.com before 8th July 2012.
Draft documents and the ACARA survey documents are both available online through the Australian Curriculum Consultation webpage. Within the Australian Curriculum site, you can select the ‘consultation’ tab at the top of the site to be directed to the appropriate page, and then need to click on the hyperlinked word ‘download’ within the text on the homepage for both the courses and the survey. http://www.acara.edu.au/curriculum/draft_senior_secondary_australian_curriculum.html
Kim Scott and members of his Wirlomin group family presented at our recent annual conference. This is a short video of part of their musical performance during the plenary session.
During our conference dinner last Friday we had a slideshow of ETA and conference related slides. As part of it we used a live Twitter feed for #ETA12 hashtag.
The slide was a popular feature as tweeters could see their tweets appearing in the feed as it appeared in the slideshow, and a number of delegates joined Twitter to try it out.
This presentation was made using SlideRocket on a Mac, but was accessed and used on the night via a PC. It is a web based presentation. conference dinner slides
On Friday 22nd June, UWA in conjunction with The Westerly Centre, will be conducting a professional development day for English teachers. The flyer for this event, with a link for registration, is attached. Please seek further information via the contacts on the flyer as this is not an ETA event.
Following up on their conference presentations last weekend, both Helen Merrick and Bruce Derby have sent through links to their blogs. Helen’s is: http://helenm.posterous.com/pages/teaching-speculative-fiction-resources
Bruce’s is: http://brucederby.posterous.com/
I will add both of these links to our list of blogs in the links at the base of the ETAWA website, so they can be easily found in future without having to search for this post. If other presenters send through links to blogs or websites of use they will also be added to the links at the base of our site.
For those attending the ETA dinner tonight and/or conference tomorrow, you are able to fill out evaluations and feedback information either electronically or via the hard copy form. The link for electronic submissions is: http://eta12.tk/
Electronic feedback can be inputted each session.
Your feedback is appreciated.
Conference registrations must close on Monday 14th May 2012. No late registrations will be possible. Please register ASAP to ensure you don’t miss out. Registrations will also close on Monday for the conference dinner and grammar PD.
With only one week to go, plans are all made, presenters and venue are organised and we know a large number of our members have registered to attend the fantastic events we have planned for you next Friday and Saturday.
Those who have registered should receive confirmation of their registration. If you have not received confirmation for your enrolment, please contact the ETA office on 94270878 to check that your registration has been received and processed.
Don’t miss this opportunity to receive a wide variety of quality English PD in one venue over the course of a day. I’m also looking forward to listening to Mike Lefroy’s presentation and catching up with many of you for a wonderful social evening at our conference dinner on Friday night.
We have a range of prizes to give away throughout the conference and dinner, donated by a diverse collection of sponsors. You just have to be there to win!
For those who are attending, you are welcome to bring your wifi enabled device as we will have wifi access during the conference. Set up a Twitter account beforehand so you can join in the Twitter updates. Post and read conference related tweets by using #ETA12 in your tweet or search parameters.
If you’re coming to hear the authors speak, remember that all our presenting authors will be doing book signings at some point during the breaks. Check the conference program to see when each author is scheduled to speak and sign. Our conference book sellers, Campion Education and Crow books will be selling copies of our authors titles throughout the conference. Other resources will be for sale from our other conference exhibitors. See our program for further information about trade exhibitors. ETA Good Answers will also be available for purchase through Campion at conference.
With fantastic presenters such as William McInnes and Kim Scott, who are starting and finishing our program, along with Susan Midalia, Amanda Curtin, Stuart Bender, Ann McGuire, Helen Merrick, Trevor Galbraith, and so many more, you don’t want to miss this year’s conference. See our conference program in our events tab for further information and registration forms. http://www.etawa.org.au/events/etawa-state-conference-2012/
The State We’re In: Literacies in Western Australia conference is a Love 2 Read event, supporting the 2012 National Year of Reading.
This year’s Good Answers books are due back from the printers this week, and will be distributed to those who have pre-ordered on arrival. If you haven’t ordered yet, you’ll find the order form on our ‘publications’ tab on this website. Copies will also be on sale through the Campion book stall at the ETAWA conference at the end of next week, 19th May 2012.
Semester one exam papers will be sent to schools this week. Good Answer publications will also be available very soon. Orders are still being taken for exams and Good Answer books. Order forms for both are available in the publications tab of our website.
ETA Council are saddened to note the passing of Australian Literary figure and early contributor to ETAWA, Bruce Bennett. Bruce was the third president of the ETAWA and is remembered as a key figure in the development of senior secondary English courses in the late 1960s, resulting in the formation of separate English and Literature courses. Bruce passed away on 14th April 2012 after a long illness. He was 71. A Rhodes scholar, Bruce was internationally recognised for his work in Australian studies and Australian Literature, and had a long association with UWA. Bruce was also the founder of Westerly.
Registrations for the 2012 English Teachers of Western Australia conference, dinner, and pre conference grammar session, will all close on Monday 14th May 2012.
We have a fantastic range of sessions scheduled for delegates, and preparations are on track for a memorable conference and dinner. English teachers and reading enthusiasts are bound to enjoy our conference dinner speaker Mike Lefroy’s presentation on Friday night 18th May, as well as our keynote presenter William McInnes and plenary speaker Kim Scott on Saturday 19th May. We also have a variety of authors, academics, and classroom teachers to share their knowledge and expertise. With all sessions at The Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, and a discounted accommodation rate on offer for Friday 18th May, why wouldn’t you register to attend this year’s conference. It looks set to be a great opportunity to network with colleagues and participate in quality English professional learning. Register now to ensure you don’t miss out.
For those who wish to add on an additional professional learning session: Warren Grellier will be delivering a session on essential grammar on Friday afternoon 18th May at Notre Dame University, just around the corner from The Esplanade Hotel. This session is discounted for ETA conference delegates.
Click here for a registration form: http://www.etawa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Conference-Registration-ETA2012.pdf
I look forward to seeing many of you on 18th and 19th May.
ETAWA intends to feature guest blog posts within our new look website. ETA Council member, Katie Fielding, has taken on the challenge of being our first guest Blogger. Katie is currently on maternity leave from her role as Head of Department English at St Norbert College. In this post Katie shares her thoughts on performance based pay.
Last year I wrote an article for Interpretations lamenting the government’s plans to implement a performance based pay system for teachers. In it I described the reasons why I feel that the idea of a pay schedule for teachers that is based on performance reviews will not work. This week, the news media has reported further moves for the implementation of this system. On May 2, 2011, Julia Gillard announced a $1.3billion plan to reward the nation’s best teachers up to $8100 starting in 2014. She made it clear that the NAPLAN tests would form part of the assessment of teachers’ performance. With the 2012 NAPLAN testing to commence in 2 weeks, the annual surge of reports decrying the assessments’ lack of educational benefit have begun to appear. It is in my opinion ludicrous to link the NAPLAN testing results to any measure of teacher performance, and therefore possibly teacher pay. Given that students are tested by the NAPLAN every 2nd year, how can it be determined which teacher has been responsible for the improvement (or otherwise) of a student’s literacy and numeracy? What of the students who do not test well? What of those who may not reach benchmarks but have made social and personal improvements? Will teachers of students whose literacy and numeracy skills fall (at least as reported by the snapshot provided by NAPLAN) have their pay cut? While I will defend the importance of literacy and numeracy to my dying breath, I cannot fathom the vast amounts of money spent on, and the importance placed on a test that in essence does little more than rank schools for the supposed benefit of the uninformed. It is hard to see how NAPLAN is a ‘teaching tool’ or a way to gain understanding of students’ needs when the results of the assessments are not available to teachers until Term 4.
That performance pay has once again been mooted demonstrates the government’s lack of understanding and value of teachers’ work. Numerical results and high scores, while of course an important aspect of teaching, are not the only thing we as educators strive for. Nor do we aim to be the most popular teacher by the end of the year, and we should not have to attend every extracurricular event going. The best teachers are not always the ones whose students have the top marks, or the ones whom parents love. Their success cannot always be measured numerically or by the number of hours that they put in over and above the normal working day. In my opinion, teachers should not have to make a choice between spending time with their family and spending inordinate numbers of hours at work in order to be recognised for the allocation of performance pay.
Performance reviews are (or should be) an integral part of being a teacher and should not be feared; no doubt there is much to be gained by regular self- and peer-assessment of our work. However, to link any form of financial remuneration to such a process does little to encourage anything more than cronyism, unhealthy competition between staff, and, if not outright falsification of data, an unhelpful focus on student results.
Leith Daniel at Servite College would like to know if anyone has a class set of Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey that Servite College can borrow?
Contact Leith at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
The English Teachers Association of Western Australia is celebrating the National Year of Reading 2012, by making our annual conference and conference dinner ‘love 2 read’ events. As such, this year we have invited local author, historian, educator and ex Fremantle Citizen of the Year, Mike Lefroy, to be our guest speaker and tell us tales of Fremantle, at our dinner on Friday May 18th at The Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle. At $60 per head the event is heavily subsidised and this cost includes all buffet dinner, drinks, and dinner speaker. There will be a book seller available to sell copies of Mike’s books on the night, and Mike will be available for book signings afterwards.
We would be delighted if you would display our flyer for this event. Registrations from non members are very welcome. Our conference will be held the following day, at The Esplanade, and will feature both William McInnes and Kim Scott. I have attached a flyer for that event as well. Our registration form covers both events.
If you would like further information about these events, or membership of the English Teachers Association of Western Australia, please let me know.
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Proposals are being sought for papers, presentations and workshops for the 2012 English Teachers Association State Conference.
This year, the conference is supported by, and is supporting, the Love2Read project, an initiative linked to the National Year of Reading 2012. http://www.love2read.org.au
The conference committee encourages all interested parties to submit proposals that are informative, interactive and inspiring for teachers of English and Literature in Western Australian schools and which take into account the conference theme and focus areas – digital literacies, integration of the Australian Curriculum strands, and the importance of reading and literacy, as well as those that explore the impact of place on learning and production in English. However, all proposals will be considered.
Proposals need to be submitted no later than Friday 2nd March 2012 and must include an abstract (up to 250 words) and biographical details of the presenter (up to 50 words). Please also indicate whether you will require equipment such as data projectors, wifi access etc.
Notification of the success or otherwise of proposals will occur by Friday 16th March. Successful presenters will need to register for the conference by Friday 6th April.
Proposals can be submitted by email, fax or mail.