In this edition of Idiom, we are putting aside all things VCE, and focusing our attention fair and square on the middle years and the teaching of English in Years 7-10. We are opening the door of the middle years English classroom and inviting you in to share some of the challenges and opportunities - the Eureka! moments - which inspire, innovate and energise the teaching of English in Years 7-10. Some of our contributors were also presenters at this year's VATE Middle Years Conference which was held in August in Ballarat - a great day of sharing ideas and networking with other Years 7-10 English teachers. We are grateful to all who have contributed to this edition of Idiom - a rich assortment of articles ranging from units of work, reading programs, Shakespeare, Pokémon GO, creative writing, and comparative analysis - we are sure you will find some nuggets of gold to inspire you and your teaching!
Please take the time to read the various book reviews written by VATE members - we hope that you find these useful and benefit from the insights provided by your fellow teachers. If you are interested in writing a review of your own, please keep an eye on the list of new titles on the VATE website.
Josephine Smith, Managing Editor Idiom
VATE Publications and Communications Officer