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?