Isabel van Gent

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The Teaching Writing Cola Wars


The Writing Hedge’s Brad Kelly looks at what we can learn about teaching writing from the Pepsi Challenge. In the early 1980s, Pepsi advertising executives came up with a stroke of genius: the Pepsi Challenge. A blind taste test, consumers were [...]

The Teaching Writing Cola Wars2021-03-09T12:09:43+11:00

Taking Another Look at Assessment


Brad Kelly presented Taking Another Look at Assessment at the July 2019 NSWHTA conference. Here he asks, what exactly are we assessing? I’m probably not a lone voice by observing that assessment surely counts as one of the most stressful exercises [...]

Taking Another Look at Assessment2020-08-05T13:03:15+11:00

The difference between writing and teaching writing


The truth is, there is no road map to more effective teaching of writing. But there is a compass – and the north point is understanding the difference between writing and teaching writing. The journey to better writing instruction begins with [...]

The difference between writing and teaching writing2020-06-03T15:26:01+11:00

The Changing World Order (1991-2011)


By 1991, the United States was the sole superpower in the world. Brad Kelly provided a brief overview of the bumpy path of American foreign policy in the post-Cold War world for the HTA’s Teaching History magazine. “Gosh, I miss the [...]

The Changing World Order (1991-2011)2020-04-23T12:35:33+11:00

Lauren Chater talks The Craft of Writing


When Lauren Chater compared using similes and metaphors to garnishing a dish it seemed fitting. Her non-fiction book Well Read Cookies combined her two loves of baking and literature. Perhaps she is onto something. According to writing coach John Warner, writers [...]

Lauren Chater talks The Craft of Writing2019-07-18T14:41:53+11:00

Lauren Chater – Reading and Researching to Write


In the final stages of editing her new book Gulliver’s Wife, Lauren Chater talks to Cornerstone about the importance of research in storytelling. “I would say research is at least 50% if not 80% of the actual work,” she says, “I [...]

Lauren Chater – Reading and Researching to Write2019-07-18T14:43:21+11:00

Mary-Lou Stephens on Dialogue 


‘Two Orchards’ is Mary-Lou Stephens’ new novel about the tumultuous years of the Tasmanian apple industry after the 1967 bushfires. Here she talks about the power of getting the dialogue right.  For Mary-Lou Stephens dialogue can do a lot more heavy [...]

Mary-Lou Stephens on Dialogue 2019-07-18T14:45:07+11:00