The conference vibe room was a place for interview, discussion and debate. Interviews will be uploaded in the coming days. Audiofiles are available for the following interviews and discussions.
In this interview with IFTE President Professor Andrew Goodwyn, we discuss his experiences with education and his research interests, including his work with developing teacher education students. We also discuss his roles throughout the conference and the topics he will discuss, including his keynote and roundtable contributions. Finally, we also briefly cover some issues in education in England, and Andy’s vision for the future of English.
The interview with Anne Wood broadly covered how to engage students with a variety of approaches to Shakespeare in a modern context. Within this, we explored poetry and Shakespeare, including some of the different activities Anne has done to make Shakespeare come to life for students - including recreating sets and the Globe Theatre.
Deborah Appleman and John Schmit
Recorded after their presentation at the ‘IF’ Conference, Deborah Appleman and John Schmit talk about many of the issues around prison education programs in the USA, and what it provides to those who receive it. Whilst their presentation focused on the specifics of their work and the people they worked with, this interview centred around the landscape their work falls within and the different implications their work can have for teachers.
In the interview with Heather Kroll, we cover our shared interests in teaching within a similar context. We explore the value of poetry, including the work of Tracy K. Smith, which Heather presented on at the ‘IF’ Conference. Also discussed are different teaching strategies to apply to a range of students, and the important role of texts and literature in English teaching.
Discussed with Matthew Brown in this interview are his experiences with teaching and English, including working with the Department of Education on syllabus development, text selection and the Bell Shakespeare Company. The interview predominantly focused on teacher agency and empowerment, as well as the possibilities of English in the near future.
Vice-President of NZATE, Pip Tinning discussed in this interview her work with pop culture and how she has incorporated it in her teaching, including designing an entire unit around it that promotes both student and teacher agency. We discuss how social issues are often represented in texts and, briefly, the psychological concepts present in texts.
In the interview with Rachel Cunneen, amongst other things, we cover her presentation topic on dystopian fiction. We discuss the central question of her presentation - should dystopias be taught in contexts such as ours. What do dystopias offer us? Or are they too confronting and problematic? We also delve into Rachel’s interests in literature, from The Canterbury Tales to Wombat Stew, and ever so briefly the future of English, including the potentials of coding.
Professor Terry Locke here discusses student and teacher agency and empowerment's well as exploring the value of using an integrated/trans-disciplinary curriculum. We examine the role of English as a subject and the value of texts/oral history, including how English can provide meaning and value to individuals.
From Story Factory, Tony Britten discusses the work he does with students in the areas of poetry, performance and language, including how it engages and empowers students. We then move into a discussion of his presentation on the musical theatre production ‘Fangirls’, the issues and concepts it reflects, and how text collections provide versatility for teachers.