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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 

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

Positive Strategies to Avoid Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

A list of five positive strategies for teachers to follow to deal with stress.

Positive Strategies to Avoid Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

The Work-Life Balance Basics: 10 Stress-Busting Tips for Teachers Suggestions for teachers on managing workload and personal life.

Suggestions for teachers on managing workload and personal life.

The Work-Life Balance Basics: 10 Stress-Busting Tips for Teachers

From Chaos to Coherence: Managing Stress While Teaching

This article offers tips to teachers for dealing with stress.

From Chaos to Coherence: Managing Stress While Teaching

Seven Ways Mindfulness Can Help Teachers

Provides tips on mindfulness for teachers.

Seven Ways Mindfulness Can Help Teachers

50 Healthy School Lunch Ideas for Teachers

Some ideas for packing healthy lunches for Teachers!

50 Healthy School Lunch Ideas for Teachers

10 Things Every New Teacher Needs to Know

This inspiring list of advice and encouragement for new teachers was created by various educators’ words of wisdom.

10 Things Every New Teacher Needs to Know