Apologies for the TTA Module B workshops having to be cancelled. For those who have contacted me re alternative dates, Richmond High School has booked a workshop for T.S.Eliot on June 3rd.
Both 'The Truman Show' and 'Henry IV, Part 1' can also be rescheduled either at Richmond H.S. or hosted at your own school depending on location.
Send a message if interested in attending or hosting Mod B workshops next term.
Hope you have a lovely and much needed break.
Survey results highlighted the most popular Advanced and Standard texts for this module, with Mark Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' being the most popular for Standard and the poetry of T.S.Eliot and 'Henry IV, Part 1, the favoured options for Advanced. Eliot has been a long-time favourite and Shakespeare's history play is easily switched from the old Module C -People and Politics to a 'critical study'. Teachers are fortunate in the vast array of resources that are available for both options and the film'Good Night and Good Luck' which also works wonderfully as a 'critical study'. We now however must ensure that 'opportunities' are given for students to critically and creatively 'engage' with their texts. I can remember 'Features of a Module B Response', created by Bronwyn Steel and Marilyn Pretortius at a 2009 AIS conference, outlining what was required. Teachers and students found that daunting enough, validating the anxiety about what this first exam will look like, especially for Module B.
In coming weeks, I will uploading some Module B resources and welcome comments about the texts you have chosen and how you are addressing the new syllabus prescriptions. I have attached a useful resource with tips for the skills required for a 'Critical Study of Text'.
Pleased to see that so many teachers are finding the resources I posted for 'The Truman Show' and 'The Happiest Refugee'. This was done to give students some ready to use classroom tools to teach these texts. As requests flooded in from the ETA Teachers page, it was easier to make the resources available on this blog site.
I hope you find them useful. I have always found that both texts have been very popular with students.
Term II Enrolments can now begin for Preliminary and HSC student tuition which will be run as small groups rather than one-on-one sessions.
The groups will focus on set texts and the writing skills needs to maximise assessment and exam results for for Advanced, Standard and Extension students.
Face to face tuition will be onsite but online tuition can also be organised.
Phone or Email if interested in booking tuition:
A series of back-to-back NESA accredited workshops, will run in Week Five at the Catholic Liverpool Club (CCL). This is an excellent venue with plenty of parking and an onsite motel for those travelling long distances or wishing to stay overnight in order to attend multiple workshops.
The 'five hour' workshops cover varied Module B texts and focus areas.
I will be running workshops on 'The Truman Show' and 'Henry IV, Part 1 as well as
collaborating with Peita Mages for a 'T.S.Eliot' workshop.
Peita Mages will be running two workshops focused on Writing Skills.
Workshop Details and guidelines for enrolling will be made available on the
TTA website in coming weeks. It is important to note that laptops will be needed as PDF course booklets will be used.
I will keep you updated about workshop details and look forward to exploring these texts and working with teachers.
The latest Human Experiences text is now available from 'Five Senses'. Some Module B texts will become available during the second half of Term II.
Term II bookings for 'School Based workshops' for staff or students are now available. Send an email if your school is interested in discussing workshop options.
I will also be running a series of Staff PD as well as student workshops at Richmond H.S. in Second Semester.
Throwing Light on Text
PD courses for many of the most popular Advanced and Standard courses will be offered later this term. These will mostly be 'Online' courses with some School Based 'face to face' workshops. These can be organised via direct email.
To enable us to design the sort of PD that you want, a 9 page e-book has been designed by myself, Peita Mages and TTA to gauge the texts that are being taught and your P.D. The e-book has helpful tips, strategies and resources. You can follow the link below for free download of this free e-book and send through your text list and PD preferences.
Any glance at the ETA Facebook page has shown how hard Senior English teachers have been working to prepare for Module A. The collaborative sharing has helped ease the burden but much of the holidays has doubtless been used as 'prep' time.
Popular choices include 'The Tempest' and 'Hag - Seed', Keats and 'Bright Star' or the perennial 'King Richard III' and 'Looking for Richard' which I think has remained on the list since 2001. For Standard, Lawson is matched in popularity by the poetry options and so focus will be on resourcing such texts. I will be working with TTA again this year to develop teaching resources for some of the most popular text choices for both Advanced and Standard courses.
I offered two school-hosted workshops last term and similar face-to-face workshops are also an option if teachers are interested in contacting me. They would have to be scheduled for late in Term 1, and so email me if you are interested.
Wishing you well in coping with the frenzied first few days back, and that your students enjoy whatever Module A texts you opted to study.
When: December 7th
Where: Richmond High School - Lennox Street, Richmond
Close to Richmond Train Station
Cost: $250.00 per head -5 hour workshop
Light Morning Tea and Lunch provided-Any special food requirements need to be forwarded to me by Dec 3rd.
Bookings: Contact me directly to book and be sent your invoice details
What to bring: laptop, paper, USB for 'goodie-bag' resources
PD Status: 'Teacher Identified'
Feedback from First Workshop is available at:
The Workshop Program is available below: