Schools of Thought which appeared in the 'Australian' magazine on January 25, 2014, tells the truth about public vs private education, for once. It's parents who most influence the outcome of education, with good solid support for their children and clear aspirations for the future. There is systematic undermining of the public education system because public education is expensive. If it is privatised the government just have to supply money without responsibility.
Much grammar on the internet is being explained by teachers of English as a foreign language, and it can seem overly
complicated. I have never heard of some of the terminology used in describing verbs, for example, though I did do grammar at primary and secondary
school, just before the teaching of grammar went out of fashion. There was a reason for the decline of grammar. Excessive analysis can take the joy
out of writing and speaking. We do need to know enough to function well and understand what we are doing but getting bogged down in
modalities and determiners
is rather pointless.
Photos: Larkspur in my garden; Salt Lake at Lochiel, SA
USEFUL TEACHING RESOURCESColin Welch's Educational resources on Lexiconic Net discovered via Elements of Fiction page. Some great stuff.
Readplus book reviews, an impressive SA based resource from experienced librarians
Puzzlemaker and clip art gallery by Discovery School.
School project photos, animals, Education.com, hassle free clip art, Color.com: pictures useful for assorted projects.
Fabulous paper dolls
e cards, and more; All posters;
Illuminated letters; Illuminated manuscripts.
Art Deco architecture site.
WW1 postcards-fantastic pictures; Trenches on the web.
USA 1935-1945: Library of Congress photo database.
List of genres; Text types.
Brainstorm: useful advice on a variety of writing assignments.
Teaching Ideas on Facebook.
Refdesk: books and literature.
Arts and Letters Daily.
Scripts on screen.
Photo: Pods at Port Augusta Botanic Park
Shakespeare dictionary; Glossary; Cliff Notes; Super Summary Guides; Shakespeare on line; Absolute Shakespeare; Holloway images page; Shakespeare Web; Complete works; Timelines: life and works; Shakespeare's sonnets; Shakespeare upon Ipod; Shakespeare's Globe: a direct link to the Globe Theatre, a reconstruction of an Elizabethan theatre, very close to the original site of Shakespeare's Globe.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
The Elizabethan Costuming Page; Elizabethan Clothing; Clothing; Shakespeare in context; Elizabethan Furniture; Pepys Diary - life in 1660s;
The Luminarium: a glorious site with Medieval to 18th Century literature; modern illuminations; heraldry; Culpeper: 'The Complete Herbal'
DEBATINGSA Debating Association; Debating SA.
Debatabase a great website with arguments on a range of topics; Five minute debate planner; Overcoming anxiety in public speaking; Public speaking articles; Speech topics and more topics.
Martin Luther King's speech; Political speeches-mainly American; Speeches from the movies; Famous speeches which are not all American.
Brainy Quotes; The quotations homepage; Rhetorical devices; Reductio ad Hitlerum
Author interviews interviews with current authors
other medieval links; Medieval/Renaissance food.
GOVERNMENT: LOCAL, STATE and FEDERAL
Where is? and Google maps-where you are in Australia.
Captain Cook's voyages, Cook Memorial Museum; Cook stamps; Sir Joseph Banks: his papers in the State Library of NSW; Endeavour Voyage Maps; Ships of the first fleet; Convict creations; Port Arthur; Project Gutenberg on the First Fleet.Epals or Teachers Corner if you are looking for educational email partners. The opportunities for exchanges are limited by holiday times in the northern and southern hemispheres. One of the first exchanges I did was with New Philadelphia Welty Middle School in 1994. I still have the recipe book. Here is an article which appeared in MacNews in 1994 when we were using Nexus at Unley High.
Below are the term dates for South Australian public schools for 2019:
RESOURCES for PAGE MAKING
Google Art Project|
Clip Art Warehouse|
Html by L. Nordestgaard using BBEdit. I use simple html code as it is
easy and intuitive and so far I have not found a computer on which the page doesn't work, even if I'm not using CSS and the correct form of text.
All links checked and fixed 8-2-2019.
I am now retired so links are gradually disappearing and no new topics are being addded. I have joined together my various English and Society and Environment pages on one page.
Page History: "English Teaching" first created for Geocities, Jan '98. Switched to Adelaide Net with Camtech, May, 2000.
Camtech closed and moved to Big Pond, June, 2001. Bigpond shut down their free web pages, Jan 2008. Moved to my own domain name, 22-1-2008.
The web counter showed 47,660 views of this index page from June 2001 to Jan 2008. Moved this page from the front of my website as the index
page, on December 21st, 2011, to mark the start of my non teaching life. Consolidating teaching links on one page-5-4-2013.
Person History: I taught English, some Society and Environment, some Maths, and occasional other related subjects (Public Speaking, Information Processing) in the public education system in South Australia for 39 years. I enjoyed making educational web pages and thought they were useful for me and the students though my colleagues and friends invariably asked, "What was your web address again?" and never looked at them!