Occasional Teachers

Summer 2021

June 30th, 2021 So begins the summer of 2021 for many. If you’re anything like me, you are absolutely ready for a screen break. Typically during the summer months, I would enjoy binging my favourite television shows – but not this summer. This summer is dedicated to closing my laptop, signing off and getting outside. […]

Advice from a 3rd Year OT

I’d like to start off by saying I am no expert but instead a teacher with a passion for connection in the classroom. As this school year comes to a close, I reflect on the experiences I’ve had that continue to shape my practice.    This year has been extremely challenging for all. As an […]

Dear Students,

As an Occasional Teacher, I meet a lot of awesome students. This school year, I have had the opportunity to teach in MANY schools (both virtually and in person) across two different school boards. I don’t get to wish each of those awesome students a farewell as this school year nears its last day. Some […]

“Healthy” Eating 101

The Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum requires students in Grades 1-8 to learn about healthy and active living. The curriculum document stresses the importance of healthy eating and the relationship between healthy food choices and strength of the body and the brain’s preparedness to grow and learn. Sounds ideal right?  Talking about the positive […]

Exit Tickets

I often try to put myself in my students shoes and think about how I would have felt as a young student learning online during a pandemic.  Personally, I learned remotely as an adult when completing my Master of Professional Education degree. But I cannot confidently compare my experience with the experience of these young […]

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.    […]

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