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.

The Trillium List

All textbooks used in Ontario’s schools must be approved by the Ministry of Education. The Trillium List contains the titles of those textbooks approved by the Minister of Education for use in Ontario schools. The textbooks named on the Trillium List have been subjected to a rigorous evaluation in accordance with the criteria specified in Section 4 of Guidelines for Approval of Textbooks.

The Trillium List

Professionalism and Ethics – A Member’s Obligations

This ETFO document discusses in a Q and A format what to do when an adverse report is made about a teacher. Specifics relating to Section 18 (1) (b)  under the Teaching Profession Act are discussed.

Professionalism and Ethics – A Member’s Obligations

Professional Boundaries

Teachers are expected to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with students. This document, prepared by ETFO, provides advice in this area.

Professional Boundaries

Safe Schools: Code of Conduct

The provincial Code of Conduct has been revised to reflect changes made in the Education Act that pertain to suspension and expulsion of students. On June 4, 2007, the Education Amendment Act (Progressive Discipline and School Safety), 2007, was passed, amending Part XIII of the Education Act dealing with behaviour, discipline, and safety. These amendments come into force February 1, 2008. This site also describes the roles and responsibilities of teachers, administrators, students, and parents with regards to student behaviour.

Safe Schools: Code of Conduct

Workplace Harassment and Bullying

Increasingly, workplace harassment and bullying at the school level is becoming a concern, not only as it affects students, but also as it affects teachers and other education workers. This document, prepared by ETFO, provides information regarding your rights and responsibilities in this area.

Workplace Harassment and Bullying

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: It’s Your Duty

This brochure explains the “duty to report” section of the Act and answers common questions about your reporting responsibilities. It also includes relevant portions of Section 72 for your reference. It does not provide specific legal advice. Please consult your local president or staff in PRS at the Provincial Office about any specific situation.

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: It’s Your Duty

Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect

All professionals who work with children in the Province of Ontario are required by law to report suspected child abuse and/or neglect to their local Children’s Aid Society. This page is a collection of advice that ETFO has developed for members regarding what to do if you suspect a child is being abused.

Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect

Ontario Student Record (OSR)

Teachers have a requirement to assist in the maintenance of the Ontario Student Record (OSR). This site, maintained by the Ministry of Education, sets out what a teachers professional responsibilities are.

Ontario Student Record (OSR)

Bill 3 -Sabrina’s Law

On May 16, 2005, the Ontario Legislative Assembly passed Bill 3, a private member’s bill sponsored by Dave Levac, Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP). The law affects all publicly funded Ontario school boards and schools and is the first of its kind in Canada. The law came into force on January 1, 2006. This site contains important information that will assist educators in protecting all pupils with life-threatening allergies. Unfortunately not all boards provide this training to their occasional teachers. This site contains important information to assist you in this area.

Bill 3 -Sabrina’s Law

Teach in Ontario

Most newly certified teachers start their careers as OTs. This page, hosted by Teach in Ontario, contains advice for Internationally Educated Teachers on being an effective OT in Ontario.

Teach in Ontario