English teacher hits the write note

21 December 2017
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Beaconhills Pakenham Campus teacher Marianne Del Papa can be justifiably proud of her students’ VCE results this year.

She claims an impressive eight subject scores of 40 or above in English and Literature amongst her students. Last year one of her students, Tess Wilkens, achieved a perfect score of 50 in English and a Premier’s Award.

So what’s her secret?

“I look for possibilities in students and try to not to label them,” she said. “And a series of small changes can lead to large improvements.”

Ms Del Papa also believe it is important to focus on modelling and showing students the steps needed to build better essays. She also does not shy away from giving constructive criticism.

“The most important thing is to give students the confidence that they can always do better in English.”


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