IFTE Conference Seminar 2011

In April 2011 the International Federation for the Teaching of English is holding its triennial conference in Auckland, New Zealand.

I’ve proposed the following seminar – fingers crossed it’s something they want to see!

The English teacher-practitioner: Re-writing our role

This seminar will weave together two strands of reflection on the nature of English teachers’ work.  On one hand the nature of assessment in English will be considered, with a critical exploration of the relationship between standardised assessment and teachers’ capacity to positively engage in providing formative feedback.  A central question that participants will be asked to reflect on is ‘how can we reconceptualise our role as a co-practitioner in the classroom and consequently find more enjoyment in the marking process?’  The second line of reflection will be a recount of my own journey to seek an antidote to the processes of ‘school writing’ and recommendations for avenues that other English teachers can explore to stimulate their own creativity and willingness to see themselves as a practitioner as well as a teacher of others.

English teachers: would you want to come to this?  If you came along, what would you be expecting/hoping to hear about?

  1. #1 by Christine on January 28, 2011 - 9:47 pm

    You might like to consider either submitting a paper at the ALEA Conference or registering. We’d love to see you there. http://www.alea2011.com/papers

  2. #2 by kmcg2375 on February 14, 2011 - 3:35 pm

    :: ‘On behalf of the organizing committee of the 10th IFTE (The International Federation for the Teaching of English) Conference, I am pleased to advise that the following abstract has been selected as a seminar for inclusion in the programme for “Much Ado About English”:
    Title of abstract: The English teacher-practitioner: Re-writing our role’ ::

    @Christine thanks for the nudge 😀 In 2011 I will now see IFTE, AATE and ALEA conferences, all of them!

  3. #3 by Christine on February 14, 2011 - 3:41 pm

    Fabulous! Would also love to see you energising the discussions on Educators Lounge:




    • #4 by kmcg2375 on February 19, 2011 - 9:56 am

      *joins Educators Lounge*

      What a great professional sharing space Christine!
      For those not familiar with ACMI, it is the Australian Centre for the Moving Image:

  4. #5 by Christine on February 19, 2011 - 11:25 am

    ACMI is also very excited about Generator.

    ACMI Generator is a creative studio space (online) to explore storytelling and the moving image. Download free video, images and sound and upload your own media. Have a look at all the great resources that will help you to develop literacy across curriculum areas, including a storyboard generator. Terrific for helping students to think about stories in a visual sense.

    We are very keen to hear how Generator is being used in your classroom to support teaching and learning, so log on to Educators Lounge to join our professional discussions and to share. 🙂

  5. #6 by Christine on February 19, 2011 - 11:27 am

    Great to hear about all your conference presentations Kelli. Congrats on IFTE. Feel free to add info to Educators Lounge about opportunities to hear you speak or other professional learning / conference opportunities.

  6. #7 by Leith on February 20, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    What it’s missing is a catchy title. Oooh I don’t know. Something like:

    “Bugs, Buffy and Santa’s Giant Sack.”

    Bringing down the intellectualism of conferences since 2007

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