A to Z of being an OT

A to Z of being an OT

Being an Occasional Teacher can be challenging. In this section you’ll find a variety of resources to assist you that are not specifically related to the curriculum. Here you’ll find information on everything from coping with stress to Employment Insurance.

LGBTQ Rights in Your Workplace – Ensuring LGBTQ Member Rights in All School Workplaces

This resource outlines the need to create safe, inclusive, and respectful workplaces for LGBTQ members. It also provides information for LGBTQ members about the supports available from ETFO Professional Relations Services.

LGBTQ Rights in Your Workplace – Ensuring LGBTQ Member Rights in All School Workplaces

Workplace Violence, Workplace Harassment, and Serious Student Incidents

This must-read ETFO resource provides an overview for teachers about legal rights, responsibilities, and guidelines for educators and administrators regarding workplace violence, workplace harassment, and serious student incidents.

Workplace Violence, Workplace Harassment, and Serious Student Incidents

50 Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for Sub Plans

A virtual grab bag of ideas for career development, classroom management, and professionalism.

50 Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for Sub Plans

Cybertips for Teachers – Canadian Teachers’ Federation

This page provides recommendations for the use of social media, electronic communication, and cyberbullying in context of professional standards for educators. Resources are linked for further research.

Cybertips for Teachers – Canadian Teachers’ Federation

ETFO ID Union Number

Your ETFO ID number is listed on the front of your membership card beneath your name. If you have misplaced your membership card, contact the provincial office at 1-888-838-3836 during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and ask for Member Records/Fees.

Update ETFO Member Information 

Know Your Local Collective Agreement

The best thing a member can do to ensure that her or his negotiated rights are being upheld is to read, and ponder the implications of, the collective agreement.  In practical terms, this is where the answers to many employment-related questions can typically be found, such as: What is the schedule for pay cheques? Do I have to do before school duty? What happens if the buses are cancelled? What is the process for requesting a leave?  How much preparation time do I receive? If the grievance process is to be applied, what are time lines to observe? What should happen during my LTO list interview process?

Which local(s) are you a member of?  Algoma Occasional Teacher Local, Avon Maitland Occasional Teacher Local, Bluewater Occasional Teacher Local, Durham Occasional Teacher Local, Grand Erie Occasional Teacher Local, Greater Essex County Occasional Teacher Local, Halton Occasional Teacher Local, Hamilton-Wentworth Occasional Teacher Local, Hastings & Prince Edward Occasional Teacher Local, Kawartha Pine Ridge Occasional Teacher Local, Keewatin-Patricia Occasional Teacher Local, Lakehead Occasional Teacher Local, Lambton Kent Occasional Teacher Local, Limestone Occasional Teacher Local, Near North Occasional Teacher Local, Niagara Occasional Teacher Local, Ontario North East Occasional Teacher Local, Ottawa Carleton Occasional Teacher Local, Peel Occasional Teacher Local, Rainbow Occasional Teacher Local, Rainy River District Occasional Teacher Local, Renfrew County Occasional Teacher Local, Simcoe County Occasional Teacher Local, Superior-Greenstone Occasional Teacher Local, Thames Valley Occasional Teacher Local, Toronto Occasional Teacher Local, Trillium Lakelands Occasional Teacher Local, Upper Canada Occasional Teacher Local, Upper Grand Occasional Teacher Local, Waterloo Occasional Teacher Local, York Region Occasional Teacher Local

The answers to many of your questions will depend on your local.

Know Your Local Collective Agreement

Mental Health

This article from the UK offers five simple steps to boost teachers’ mental health, recognizing the impact that workload has on teachers.

Mental Health 

Racial Bias in Classroom

This is just a quick, informative, non-threatening article that may offers some OTs a window of perspective when teaching racialized students.

Racial Bias in Classroom

Trick Your Stress: Coping Strategies

The Centre for Studies on Human Stress has compiled a number of strategies to deal with the mental and physical effects of stress,

Trick Your Stress: Coping Strategies

Mindful Teachers: Living, Learning & Teaching with Mindful Awareness

This site includes various blogs from teachers or other professionals that focus on the art of mindfulness. It offers a range of ideas for incorporating mindfulness into the classroom as well as using it as a means of self care.

Mindful Teachers: Living, Learning & Teaching with Mindful Awareness