Sept. 27: Practicum – Introduction and Meetings
- 8:40 – Registration (at Auditorium door) – Please come early with your Student IDs in order to register your attendance
- 9:00 – 9:15 “10 ways to be Successful in Practicum” – Susan Graham (Auditorium)
- 9:15 – 9:45 “A Successful Journey Begins Here”, Marlene Hanna, Principal, London District Catholic School Board (Auditorium)
- 9:45 -10:00 – Break
- 10:00 – 11:30 Practicum Meetings (watch for an email from your Faculty Advisor)
- 1:00 – 2:30 Practicum Meetings
Hi Teacher Candidates
Note that Registration is now open for our workshops on Friday Oct. 4th.
- You only need to register for ONE of the Civil Liberties workshops.
- For those interested in learning to prepare interactive lessons for the Smartboard in your classroom, register early for this workshop also (we can ONLY accomodate 40 persons per workshop for this event) (The Smartboard workshop can be taken in addition to a Civil Liberties option, not instead of Civil Liberties.)
- Register using your student number
- The link is /mis/events/eventRegistration.asp?eventID=36&intCase2do=1.
What is a Teaching Portfolio?
A Teaching Portfolio is a compilation of documents and artifacts that reflect your teaching experience and practice. It is an ongoing record of your career. When applying for teaching positions, some interviewers may wish to see one. Even if an interviewer does not ask to see the portfolio, you will find that compiling one refines and enhances your resume by providing supporting information. It is a clear indication of your professionalism.
How do I create one?
We will have a workshop on January 10th to guide you in the creation of your portfolio. As well, there are a number of guides including the articles listed below:
Portfolios Promote Professional Growth
Faculty of Education Resources
What should I be collecting throughout the year?
As a guideline, it is better to over-collect at this early stage, knowing that you will sort through what is best to include in the portfolio later in the year. Items you might begin to save in a file could include:
Lesson plans, particularly those you have implemented in practicum
- Examples of student assessment tools and strategies you use with your teaching
- Photographs of teaching in action (No child faces unless there is permission. Backs of head or blurring faces are fine.)
- Letters of reference or names of those willing to write a letter on your behalf
- Practicum evaluations
- Certificates for any professional development you attend at the Faculty,
in the school system during practicum, and from conferences and workshops you attend on your own time.
- A list of professional development goals you have for the future. Consider courses, conferences, workshops, visitations you may wish to make.
- A personal bibliography of education material you read through the year, with particular attention to those works that have motivated and inspired your teaching. If there are key quotes or sections which resonate for you, photocopy the selection or be sure you know where to locate them again. This may be material that will support your Philosophy of Teaching statement.
- Cards and notes from children and parents.
- List of contributions to the school community, whether extracurricular or other voluntary activities
- Division or committee planning work while on practicum
- Examples of working collaboratively with colleagues
(Note: Teacher Education wishes to thank to Betsy Reilly, Instructor at Western’s Faculty of Education for this valuable contribution)
Sept. 20: Boundary Issues for Teachers (Please come early, with your Student IDs, to avoid lineups as as we begin the use of swipe machines. Also – a “Certificate of Attendance” will be provided at the end of the day)
- 9:15 – 9:30 – Meet your Student Council (Pay attention – there will be prizes)
- 9:30 -10:00 – Opening remarks. Bill Tucker, Associate Professor, former Director of the Thames Valley District School Board
- 10:00 – 12:00 – ” Maintaining Professional Boundaries” Boundary violations can lead to serious repercussions. This workshop will assist participants in examining the working relationships between students and educational workers. Through examination of case studies and active discussion, the legal and professional implications of crossing boundaries will be reviewed.Presenter: Wendy Hirschegger, OSSTF
- 1:00 – 2:30 – “On Thin Ice” This workshop addresses the various complaints made against teachers by parents, the Children’s Aid Society, police and the Ontario College of Teachers. The emphasis is on prevention and early assistance to minimize the negative impact on teachers. The workshop includes presentations of actual situations;explanations pertaining to what teachers can do to avoid false allegations, what to do if they find themselves under investigation, and how to maintain appropriate professional boundaries.Presenter: Mary Lachapelle, OECTA