INNOVATION IN TEACHING NOMINEES FOR 2019 TEACHX AWARDS AVAILABLE AT QUEENSLAND COLLEGE OF TEACHERS

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The 2019 TEACHX Awards are to be held on the 23rd of October and will recognise some of the most outstanding teachers working in the profession across Queensland. The event is run by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) who have received over 200 nominations across six categories.

In the lead up to the event, the media arm of QCT is publishing pieces on all the nominees and I have been most fortunate to be placed on secondment in their area to write some of these.

I previously posted about the first category of nominees to be published on the QCT website – the 15 nominees for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award.

The next category published was the Innovation in Teaching Award of which there are 23 nominees, 12 of which I wrote the pieces for. They are as follows: Adam Juang, Amanda Kelk (waiting on), Catherine Wilson, Elizabeth Wilson, Helen Spanos, Jacinda Kontoleon, Kiri Pearce, Nicole ChristianPenelope Couch, Rebecca Goodes, Theo Skordilis and Wendy Goldston.

The event is a huge undertaking requiring strong project management to prepare for the event and have it run smoothly on the night. Like all things done by this team, it is done to recognise some of the great work that teachers are doing and to help elevate the profession. Being called upon to write full time, pieces that support these aims is a dream come true for me.

The people I’m working with are experienced, talented and extremely hard working and I’m doing my best to learn as much as possible from them. Case in point is the design work you see above which was done by one of my colleagues for the event.

Feel free to check them out and comment on what you liked. All 23 have made an extraordinary contribution to bettering the education of students.

-Lloyd Marken

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OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TEACHING NOMINEES FOR 2019 TEACHX AWARDS AVAILABLE AT QUEENSLAND COLLEGE OF TEACHERS

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You may have noticed I have been a little quiet in the blogosphere recently.

I was lucky enough to be offered a secondment at my day job working in the media arm of the organisation. They are preparing for the TEACHX Awards to be held on the 23rd of October where awards are handed out by the Queensland College of Teachers to teachers across the state.

There has been a restructure to the awards this year and a larger number of nominees across six categories. Building upon my work for them interviewing and writing about four teachers previously I was seconded to take nomination forms and write profile pieces.

I am not doing this alone, others from across the organisation are involved in writing and editing but the expectation is for me to make a substantial impact in pumping out a large number of pieces and I hope I am successful.

The event is a huge undertaking requiring strong project management to prepare for and have the event on the night run smoothly. Like all things done by this team, it is done to recognise some of the great work that teachers are doing in Queensland and to elevate the profession. Being called upon to write full time, pieces that support these aims is a dream come true for me.

The people I’m working with are experienced, talented and extremely hard working and I’m doing my best to learn as much as possible from them. Case in point is the design work you see above which was done by one of my colleagues for the event.

The nominees for the Outstanding Contribution to Teaching category are now available on the QCT website. This first category features 15 nominees and I wrote 10 of the published pieces on Cajetan Goves, Catherine Heiner, Jan Voges, Jean Childs, Kirsti Ellerton, Leann Hansen, Lena Saunders, Neal Thomas, Dr Ragnar Purje and Tracey Noe.

Feel free to check them out and comment on what you liked. All 15 have made an extraordinary contribution to the profession over the years. It is a category I have a bit of soft spot for as it recognises often lifelong commitments to bettering the education of children and I think a person’s working life should have weight and be recognised.

-Lloyd Marken

INTERVIEW WITH DR KEVIN LARKIN AVAILABLE AT QUEENSLAND COLLEGE OF TEACHERS

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Where I currently work, I have been given the occasional opportunity to interview some remarkable people. During the middle of March I spoke to Dr Kevin Larkin who was recently awarded the 2018 Australian University Teacher of the Year. Dr Larkin has a passion for teaching, even at a young age he has always sought out new challenges and considered the bigger picture. Yet no matter how far reaching his work becomes, it remains centred around the individual relationship between teacher and student and how to get the best out of that.

It was privilege to speak to him and you can find the published interview here. Getting to do this work at the Queensland College of Teachers affords me the opportunity to learn from experienced and talented writers.

Teacher stories highlight the profession and promote the achievements of some great individuals. In their individual experiences are examples we can all learn from.

You can read many more inspiring stories on the QCT website.

-Lloyd Marken

INTERVIEW WITH DR JUDITH GRIMES, OAM AVAILABLE AT QUEENSLAND COLLEGE OF TEACHERS

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Last month I was given the opportunity to use and develop my skills as a freelance writer where I currently work in my ‘day job’. An opportunity that I am very grateful for and presented with it a lot of different ways to grow and learn from some very experienced people.

Over the course of one day I interviewed three remarkable individuals who were recently awarded the Order of Australia Medal on Australia Day, 2019. All three are, or were, teachers and I interviewed them to promote the profession and to highlight their achievements. The three interviews have now been edited and published on the Queensland College of Teachers website.

The third interview of that day was with Dr Judith Grimes, OAM and can be found here.

The citation for her OAM can be found here on the Australian Honours website.

The Order of Australia Medal is often awarded for service to community over several years and often with volunteer organisations. Judy Grimes is a scientist, historian and teacher who has had a large impact on the various communities she has served. It was great to talk to her and share some of her story.

You can read many more stories of such individuals on the QCT website.

-Lloyd Marken

INTERVIEW WITH KATHYRN GEORGE, OAM AVAILABLE AT QUEENSLAND COLLEGE OF TEACHERS

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Last month I was given the opportunity to use and develop my skills as a freelance writer where I currently work in my ‘day job’. An opportunity that I am very grateful for and presented with it a lot of different ways to grow and learn from some very experienced people.

Over the course of one day I interviewed three remarkable individuals who were recently awarded the Order of Australia Medal on Australia Day, 2019. All three are, or were, teachers and I interviewed them to promote the profession and to highlight their achievements. The three interviews have now been edited and published on the Queensland College of Teachers website.

The second interview was with Kathryn George, OAM and can be found here.

The citation for her OAM can be found here on the Australian Honours website.

The Order of Australia Medal is often awarded for service to community over several years and often with volunteer organisations. Kathryn George created with others a school marching band that has performed all around the world. Perhaps more importantly she has inspired and improved the learning of countless individual students through her passion for music. It was a privilege and a joy to get to speak to her.

You can read many more stories of such individuals on the QCT website.

-Lloyd Marken

INTERVIEW WITH KEITH GRAHAM, OAM AVAILABLE AT QUEENSLAND COLLEGE OF TEACHERS

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I am lucky enough to be a freelance writer, whenever asked about it I am at pains to express that it is merely a side gig – one for which I am very grateful. My regular job is working in office administration and recently I was given the opportunity to build upon some of the skills I’ve accumulated in my ‘other job’ in my day job. An opportunity that I am very grateful for and presented with it a lot of different ways to grow and learn from some very experienced people.

Over the course of one day I interviewed three remarkable individuals who were recently awarded the Order of Australia Medal on Australia Day, 2019. All three are, or were, teachers and I interviewed them to promote the profession and to highlight their achievements. Over the past two weeks, two of the interviews have been edited and published on the Queensland College of Teachers website.

The first was with school principal Keith Graham and can be found here.

The citation for his OAM can be found here on the Australian Honours website.

The Order of Australia Medal is often awarded for service to community over several years and often with volunteer organisations. Keith Graham has been making a difference for a long time and it was a privilege to interview him. You can read many more stories of such individuals on the QCT website.

-Lloyd Marken