Classroom supports

Classroom supports

In this section you’ll find information that will assist you in your role as an Occasional Teacher. It isn’t subject specific but is related to Ontario’s Schools. This is where you’ll find information about classroom management, character education, and safe schools to name but three topics.

Everyday Mental Health Resource

This resource was co-developed over the past two years by School Mental Health ASSIST and ETFO. It has been designed to provide K – 8 educators with evidence-based strategies to help develop the social and emotional learning skills of students in the following areas:
Stress Management and Coping Skills;
Emotion Identification Skills;
Positive Motivation Skills;
Relationship Skills;
Self Confidence and Identity Skills; and
Executive Functioning Skills.
These activities were informed and field tested by ETFO members. In addition, ETFO members were involved in a research project to determine the efficacy of the activities.

Everyday Mental Health Resource

Ontario Teachers’ Federation – OTF Connects

OTF Connects invites teachers to learn, share and collaborate with colleagues from across the province through rich, relevant professional learning opportunities. Sessions are offered in a wide variety of topic areas including Technology in the Classroom, Mathematics, Curriculum, Kindergarten, and Financial Literacy. More sessions will be added throughout the coming months, so check back frequently.

Ontario Teachers’ Federation – OTF Connects

Instructional, Positive, Kid- Friendly Rubrics

This resource is the result of a collaborative project by Ontario educators to address the three types of evaluation (assessment for, as and of learning). The three rubrics created address the assessment and evaluation requirements in the 2010 “Growing Success” document as well as providing students with a means to assess their own learning with the Assessment “As” learning rubric. The included “Bump it Up” activities supports students to find ways to use teacher feedback to improve their own learning. This will also support new teachers and OTs in developing their assessment practice.

Instructional, Positive, Kid- Friendly Rubrics

Safe@School

Safe@School is led by the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) and the Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions (COPA). The goal of the project is to foster innovation and cooperation, highlighting best practices that feature COPA’s unique and constructive approach to violence prevention and the creation of safe, strong and free schools and communities. The Safe@School website offers teachers and the educational community a repertoire of relevant resources, as well as three different Professional Learning Modules.

Safe@School

All components of the Safe@School project are also available in French at Bien être à l’école.

Teach and Transform

This website has many articles, reflections and lesson plan ideas for teachers to engage in social justice education.

Teach and Transform

Youth Mental Health Canada

A website devoted to youth mental health. It has lots of resources related to the subject as well as research and links to other resources.

Youth Mental Health Canada

7 Great Podcasts Hosted by Indigenous Women

List of podcasts of Indigenous women sharing stories through oral storytelling for a 21st-century accessible audience.

7 Great Podcasts Hosted by Indigenous Women

School Library Journal

A website with relevant articles connected to social justice, representation and equity. Focus on lessons from school libraries and book collection reviews and development.

School Library Journal

Consent at Early Age

This article provides strategies for educators on how to talk about consent from preschool to high school.

Consent at Early Age

Black Lives Matter at School

This website has lesson plans and classrooms resources which teachers can use for Black History Month and also to incorporate Black Lives Matter teaching lens into their teaching philosophies.

Black Lives Matter at School