B.Ed. Orientation Day – Thursday, September 3rd

Please plan to attend your B.Ed. Orientation Day on Thursday, September 3rd.

From 8:00am-9:30am (plan to arrive early!), you will be able to pick up your registration package which will include a copy of your final timetable.  Information regarding the program and the teaching profession will presented during the remainder of the day, ending around 3:00.  The full schedule of events will be posted here shortly.

Parking will be available free of charge and a pizza lunch will be provided!

Western Student Card – online photo submission

If you are new to Western, you will need to obtain your WesternONE Card (student identification card). This card, which functions as both your identification card and library card (and if applicable, your meal plan card), requires your photo.

You may upload your photo electronically through the Student Center at http://student.uwo.ca. Log in using your Western username and password, then select WesternOne Card Photo Upload from under the Western Links section at the right of the screen. Your WesternONE Card will be available for pick up when you arrive at the Faculty in September. The deadline to upload your photo is AUGUST 24, 2015.

You can also visit Student Central to have your photo taken for your WesternONE Card during office hours (9:00am – 4:00pm).

When picking up your WesternONE Card, please note that you will need your student ID number and one piece of government-issued photo identification such as:

-drivers license

-passport

-citizenship card

The name on your ID document must match the name that Western has on file for you.

Welcome to TheTeacherCandidate.com!

My name is Anna Zuber, Teacher Education Manager at the Faculty of Education. You’ll already have been receiving email from me related to your upcoming year here, as it’s my job to ensure that all runs smoothly related to your registration, course selection, program completion, and graduation. I’ve been here at the Faculty in various roles for more than 25 years, and there is very little I can’t help you with!

Christine Knight-Smith will also become a familiar name to you for the coming year. She is our Manager of Practicum & Field Experiences.

We both look forward to a fantastic year together!

WHY USE A BLOG?

We will be using this blog to provide information during the summer as well as during the year. We do this to provide as much information as possible without overwhelming your email quota!

Additional Qualifications Courses

As you wrap up your final practicum and before heading off on your T2P experience, the AQ Department would like to remind you to consider registering for an Additional Qualifications course this summer. All Western AQ courses are completely online with no requirement to attend classes. We offer 2 sessions this summer:
• Intersession: May 19-June 24
• Summer: July 1 – 31

Think about taking a Special Education or Kindergarten course or expanding your teaching qualifications with a Primary, Junior, Intermediate or Senior ABQ course. Visit our website at http://aqcourses.ca to view the many courses that we offer and to REGISTER for courses. Registration is easy and we accept Amex, MC and Visa for payment.

Feel free to drop by next week when you are in the Faculty to chat with either Susanna or me in the Teacher Education office to discuss the best course(s) for you. Or email conted@uwo.ca with questions.

Best of luck to all of you as you complete your Teacher Education at Western.
Claire Organ

Manager, Continuing Teacher Education
Faculty of Education, Western University
1137 Western Rd. London ON N6G 1G7
(519)661-2111 x.88649

Enroute to Your Profession Conference – April 27 & 28

Below is the schedule for next week’s Enroute to Your Profession Conference.

MONDAY, APRIL 27 (all sessions in auditorium)

9:00-10:00           Student card scanning outside auditorium
10:00                   Welcome – Dr. McNay
10:15                   Address – Dr. Michael Salvatori, Ontario College of Teachers
10:30-11:30         PIN Ceremony – renewal of promises & pledge led by Dr. Salvatori; receipt of your OCT PIN (limited seating is available for guests;  be sure to dress professionally, pledge cards will be provided in the auditorium)

11:30                   Closing Remarks – Dr. McNay
12:00-1:00           Lunch (on your own)
1:00-3:00             “Perspectives on Hiring” – Human Resource Panel Discussion moderated by Bill Tucker

TUESDAY, APRIL 27

8:00-9:00             Student card scanning outside auditorium
9:00-10:00           Regulation 274 and How it Affects Hiring Practice (auditorium)
10:00-10:15         Break
10:30-12:00         Principals’ Panel: Our Next Steps (auditorium)
12:00-1:00           Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:15             Workshops (registration required, see list below)
2:15-2:30             Break
2:30-3:45             Workshops (registration required, see list below)

Tuesday Workshop Choices:

  • Ask an Occasional Teacher: Panel Discussion
  • Alternative Careers in Education: Panel Discussion
  • Behaviour Management in the Classroom
  • Occasional Teacher Survival Guide
  • Apply to Education
  • Classroom Management for Occasional Teachers

REGISTER FOR YOUR WORKSHOP CHOICES AT: at http://www.edu.uwo.ca/mis/events/eventRegistration.asp?eventID=53&intCase2do=1)

We look forward to seeing all of you next week!

Reminders & Updates

Enroute to Your Profession Conference (April 27 & 28): The final schedule is being confirmed and will be posted soon.  The Conference will include workshops and a PIN ceremony where you will receive your OCT PIN. Please plan to be here both days from 9-3. Attendance is expected.

OCT Registration: Be sure to begin your OCT registration NOW.  Remember that you  must be certified by September 1, 2015 to qualify for certification under the current criteria. The certification process does take some time; you cannot leave this until the summer.  Transcripts for OCT: Be sure to request that your B.Ed./Dip.Ed. transcript be sent after degree conferral.

Apply to Graduate: If you have not already done so, be sure to apply to graduate before April 30.  You must apply to graduate to receive your degree, even if you do not plan to attend convocation.

Final Grades: Final grades will be available via the Student Centre in mid-May.

T2P Final Report: T2P comprises part of Practicum. Your T2P Report must be submitted immediately following completion of T2P (on May 15) so that your practicum grade can be finalized. The report is available here on the blog under the T2P link (http://theteachercandidate.com/t2p/). Your report may be submitted by email to eduwo@uwo.ca if you are not planning to be at the Faculty for the T2P Showcase Day on May 15.

Showcase Day (May 15): Showcase Day is an opportunity for you to reconnect with your peers following T2P. If you wish to “showcase” your T2P experience (via a poster or other presentation), please contact Christine at cknights@uwo.ca.

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