Occasional Teachers

I am happy you are here

As I was supply teaching one day in a full remote learning classroom, my wifi decided to take a short vacation. Now if you’re anything like me, technical difficulties feel like they come up at the worst possible times. Now that is a dramatic statement of course, but it really does feel like a “WHY […]

“Be vulnerable”

A message we are hearing as educators during a pandemic. What does this mean to you and your practice?   To me, vulnerability seems scary, it seems raw – but, both human and necessary.  Living through this pandemic has provided us with commonality of experiences. Although we are all experiencing different heartache during this time […]

June Tired

Is anyone else June tired in March?   The loss of March break has clearly impacted everyone involved in education – students included. The rumours of shut downs coming our way and whisperings of the government cancelling the April break are lurking everywhere I go. The thought of either of these things happening is devastating […]

Staff Relationships: COVID Edition

Everyone wants to feel welcomed, liked and seen at their place of work. To me, this sense of belonging provides me with the confidence and the resources to have conversations with fellow staff, ask questions when I need help and create new connections. As an OT, creating meaningful relationships with staff you don’t see daily […]

“I’m Sorry”

“I’m Sorry”  A combination of words we are all familiar with. We’ve said them, we’ve received them, we’ve wished for them, we’ve accepted them and we’ve rejected them.  Humans make mistakes. Mistakes are the way we grow and learn. Consequently, this learning process involves others whom our mistakes can directly impact in negative ways.    […]

Boys vs Girls

A friendly competition? No.  No.  No no no no no.    Boys vs girls in sports? Boys vs girls in games? Boys vs girls in math?  No again.    Here’s why: Boys vs girls contests assume there are only two genders and reinforces this idea to children.  This competition forces children to ‘choose’ which side […]

Occasional Teaching Online (part 2 of 3): My Challenges

I will never forget my first supply day for virtual learning. Even though I am early into my teaching career, I believe this experience has changed the way I will reflect on my teaching practice for years to come – dare I say forever? As I logged onto my first Google Meet with no idea […]

Occasional Teaching Online (part 1 of 3): My Realization

Full Remote Learning or FRL for short.  A concept that I had never even imagined myself being a part of in the position of the teacher. Remote learning for post-secondary students was something I was familiar with. In fact, I was learning myself remotely as a Master of Professional Education student, but how would this […]

“Ontario considering extended school closures as winter break approaches”

Gulp.  My heart sank down to my stomach as I read headlines such as this one flood the news and every single social media platform that I am a member of.  I am, by nature, a worrier in general. So this year and all that has come with it has brought immense amounts of stress […]

“Just” an Occasional Teacher

Hello everyone! I am thrilled to announce that I will be joining the Heart and Art blogging team this school year. I look forward to time spent being passionately curious with all of you. As educators, it feels we are under the spotlight this year to openly reflect in conversations with curious strangers on how […]

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