I have been an English teacher for 38 (gulp!) years. For over 20 of those I have taught 'English methods' courses in initial teacher education programs. As the retirement light glows increasingly brighter at the end of my career pathway, I reflect on three aspects of teaching English that have been - and remain - the cornerstones of my professional work. Although they appear to remain significant for beginning teachers, they are not foregrounded in curriculum documents. I offer this personal reflection in the hope that the things that are important to so many in the profession - the things that drew us into English teaching, and keep us there - remain at the forefront of our thinking as we move into the implementation phase of the Australian Curriculum.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||English in Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|