The Ontario College of Teachers - Inspiring Public Confidence

    Did you know the Ontario College of Teachers licenses, governs and regulates the Ontario teaching profession in the public interest? The College is responsible for approving teacher education programs, and setting high professional and ethical standards. So what does this mean exactly? The Ethical Standards and the Standards of Practice describe what it means to be a teacher – or indeed a teaching professional. Every teacher working in a publicly funded school is certified to teach and in good standing with the College. Not only do Ontario Certified Teachers (OCTs) have the knowledge and skills needed to help children learn and succeed, they’re also guided by a set of professional and ethical standards. These standards are something we put into practice in our classrooms every single day. They serve to remind us of our commitment to student learning and well-being. They encourage us to strive for greatness and reflect...
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Saying Goodbye

  "Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything. It's the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it." ~ Trey Parker   Today was the day that many teachers and administrators dread, the year end assembly where staff members that are leaving or retiring are recognized. It's always a difficult time, not only for those leaving, but for those left behind. I don't think I've been to one where there wasn't a tear shed. Today was no different. Our school said goodbye to a number of staff members who will be heading off to new assignments or retirement. The students gathered in the gym without really knowing who was leaving. So in a way it was a bit of a shock to many as they learned who wouldn't be with us next year. Of course I realize how difficult it is for the people leaving. They get up in front...
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We All Have a Purpose

"Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." ~ Dalai Lama   Have you ever come across someone that feels like their life doesn't have a purpose? Even though that person, in your eyes, lives a life that positively influences others? This is especially difficult for teachers when they have a challenging class or events outside of school in their personal life that influences them negatively. Teachers need to know that they always have a purpose, even if they don't realize it. Their purpose is sitting in front of them every day.  I've always believed that teachers have a great influence over students. I clearly remember all my teachers and the effect they had on me as a student and a person. Some may not have known the impact they were making, but I knew it, and so...
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