Queensland’s best teachers revealed
MATHS teacher Stephen Crapnell decided he was spending too much time in front of the whiteboard and decided to 'flip' his teaching practice, giving his students short lectures as homework and engaging them in active, hands-on lessons.
As the eLearning co-ordinator at All Hallows' School, Mr Crapnell is helping the school embrace technology and contemporary teaching practices to improve student engagement and communication between staff and pupils.
Last night he was one of five winners announced in the prestigious Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching awards, sponsored by The Courier-Mail.
Mr Crapnell took home the Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning award, in recognition of his contribution to innovative teaching practices.
But Mr Crapnell said the best part about his 'flipped learning' approach was having more time with his students.
"I am increasing the active learning time I have in class with my girls, when I have a conversation with any of them, it is authentic," he said.
The other winners of the QCT awards were Cairns kindy teacher Mweisi 'Moy' Carra; Natalie Harris from Pacific Pines State Primary School, who has inspired scores of girls to join a technology club, Yeronga State High School deputy principal Jessica Walker; and 72-year-old teaching veteran Colin Orevich.
QCT board chair Wendy Patton congratulated the five winners.
"Each of the winners is making an extraordinary difference in the lives of their students and their school communities," Professor Emeritus Patton said.
The QCT awards, announced on the eve of World Teachers' Day are the only teaching awards that recognise the important work of teachers across all schooling sectors.