A to Z of being an OT → Internationally Educated Teachers

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

10 Tips to Help Your Teaching Placement Go Smoothly

Teachers share their wisdom on how to make a good impression while on a teaching placement.

10 Tips to Help Your Teaching Placement Go Smoothly

Sample Professional Teaching Portfolios

This website has some examples of teaching portfolios. Verify with your School Board if there is an expectation to produce a teaching portfolio when attending an interview as this practice varies across the province of Ontario. Never use students pictures without parental permission.

Sample Professional Teaching Portfolios

Jobs in Education

The Ontario College of Teachers’ website lists the approved Ontario Ministry of Education websites used by school boards in Ontario to recruit teachers.

Jobs in Education

The Occasional Teaching Role

This section the Teach in Ontario web site, highlights information about the occasional teaching (OT) role. Statistics from the Ontario College of Teachers indicate that many for IETs their first role in education in Ontario will be as an occasional teacher. The site examines the role, what a typical day may look like, and includes a variety of helpful resources.

The Occasional Teaching Role

Sample Teacher Interview Questions

This document has questions broken down into the following categories: Curriculum Knowledge, Instructional Techniques, Classroom Management, Parent Relations, Personality and Attitude, Teacher Relations.

Education Interview Questions

Teaching in Canada

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) has a huge section on their website with information about teaching in Canada. Occasional Teachers and Internationally Educated Teachers searching for work should be aware of the information listed.

Teaching in Canada

Jobs in Education

If you’re looking for work, we can help you with your job search. School boards in Ontario recruit elementary and secondary teachers using a list of websites approved by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Jobs in Education

Preparing for Your Interview

Once you have been invited for an interview, you will need to focus on preparing for the interview. Use your self-inventory and your research about the employer to write out and think about how you are a perfect fit, whether it is a board level interview to get on the eligible-to-hire list, or if it is an interview for a specific position. Identify common interview questions and practice them.

Preparing for Your Interview

Tutoring and Conflict of Interest

Members often ask whether they can engage in private tutoring on their own time. This link is to information about the legalities involved in tutoring students and ETFO’s advice for members who may want to tutor children.

Tutoring and Conflict of Interest