Essay writing for the HSC

Why students struggle with essay writing. Effective essay writing has been on the decline for the past fifteen years in schools. Students struggle with their interpretation of questions, the harnessing of powerful evidence and structure and expression. As schools and teachers are increasingly time poor, essay writing is left until students have major assessment tasks and trial examinations thrust upon …

Problems Of Pragmatic Teaching

While I consider what aspect of educational reform I should submit for my application to do a doctorate in education, my year 12 student tells me that her school does not require the reading of a set text for the advanced English syllabus. The text in question is a beautifully crafted play by Edson known as “WIT”. This poignant play …

Teaching and The Advanced English syllabus.

The performance of my year twelve students was exceptionally rewarding. Not just because they engaged in the joy of learning and discovered the power of communication but because they owned all of their achievements. I did not write their essays nor did I dictate notes that could be effortlessly slotted into an essay.  I rather encouraged them, and provided them …