Teacher Performance Appraisal: Advice for New Teachers

The core element of the New Teacher Induction Program is the performance appraisal process. All new teachers will have two performance appraisals within the first 12 months of their position as part of NTIP. For some, the thought of this can be overwhelming and daunting, even if you’re a confident and experienced teacher. There are […]

New Teacher Induction Program

Most newly hired permanent teachers aren’t exactly “new teachers” by the time they achieve permanent status. This is actually my fourth year as a classroom teacher, and the case is similar for many (most?) others. However, participation in the New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP) is a mandatory part of a new permanent teacher’s first year […]

What Can We Learn From Halloween Candy?

Math talks encourage participation, nurture intuition, build fluency, and enhance mental math strategies. Most importantly, math talks improve students’ ability to justify and defend their thinking. In my own practice, this instructional strategy has been the most valuable window into my students’ thinking. Sometimes the best math talks come from things that seemingly involve no […]

A Beginning Teacher’s Journey: Part Four

Since I started blogging with Heart & Art three years ago, I like to think I’ve had an ongoing storyline in my “A Beginning Teacher’s Journey” posts. So far, I’ve written three instalments. A Beginning Teacher’s Journey: Part One reminisces about the day I found out I had been hired to the Occasional Teacher list in […]

The Perpetual “First Year Teacher” Feeling

This year will be my fourth school year as an LTO teacher. I have had a variety of wonderful experiences from Kindergarten up to grade six. Aside from having to move schools and build new relationships each year, the biggest downside to being an LTO teacher is seldom (or never) having the chance to revise […]

Beginnings and Endings

We are so lucky to have a career that has built-in beginnings and endings. Beginnings are inspiring and exciting. September brings us a brand new year. For some of us, it will also bring a new grade, new school, new students, new classroom, or some combination of those things. It’s a chance to start fresh, reinvent, […]

Capturing Their Wonder

Our classroom motto is “wisdom begins in wonder”. This quote, from Socrates, represents the core of my beliefs about teaching. I believe that every child holds a natural curiosity about the world around them, and that the most powerful learning happens when that curiosity is answered with opportunity. Many classes at my school work on […]

Rethinking End of Year Countdowns

It certainly is an exciting time of year! Report cards are finished, we are wrapping up curriculum and beginning to think about next year already. Most of all, everyone is excited for summer. Teachers are ready for a break from the busyness of school, but are our students? We talk so much about building belonging […]

Trading Places

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the value of trading places between the teacher and student role. Building trusting and meaningful relationships with our students is one of the most important things we can do. An important part of this is showing students our vulnerable sides. I want to reflect on the value of […]

Hiring Uncertainty

I’ve been employed as an Occasional Teacher for just over three years now. I spent some time doing daily supply work and I’ve been very fortunate to have worked in full-time Long Term Occasional positions for nearly the whole time since. My last few LTO positions have been full-time, full-year, so I haven’t really been […]

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