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.

Code to Learn

Code to Learn offers free professional learning to Canadians on coding with young people. MicroWorlds coding software is available at no cost to engage youth across Canada. They work with educators and other community members to co-design curriculum activities & Coding Challenges—including the popular micro:bits!  Access the Code to Learn Community to get started with simple activities, request free books, resources and workshops, and find self-directed learning about computational thinking, MicroWorlds EX, JR and micro:bits coding activities.

Code to Learn

Codewars

As OTs we are sometimes required to teach unfamiliar material, such as coding. To start your own learning journey check out Codewars, which offers a fun and unique way to learn to code. With a martial-arts theme, the program is based on challenges called “kata.” Complete them to earn honour and progress to higher ranks. This is a fun way to learn programming online if you’re motivated by a little gamification!

Coding challenges they offer: CoffeeScript, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, Java, Clojure, and Haskell

Codewars

The First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario

The First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario is a subject association for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education in Ontario, Canada. They support and help all educators understand issues related to First Nation, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada as well as offer strategies for teaching this content to all learners. Paid membership with links to a few free resources.

The First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario

Free Special Needs Teaching Resources

SEN Teacher is amongst the oldest teaching resource sites and has over 300,000 regular users. Their learning materials are free to share and use in schools or at home. The Print tools on SEN Teacher allow you to create, adapt and share teaching resources for a wide-range of abilities. No login or registration is required to use SEN Teacher.

Free Special Needs Teaching Resources

Embrace Race Raising a Brave Generation

This is a website that is dedicated to helping educators think, talk and ensure they are keeping race in mind as they plan their lessons and learning spaces. It is a website that helps educators ensure their classrooms are not colour blind but rather culturally relevant and responsive.

Embrace Race Raising a Brave Generation

Education World’s Activities for the First Day of School

Are you looking for the perfect way to get to know your students and help them get to know one another? This collection of teacher-tested icebreakers will do just that. And for OTs, one of these can be the perfect intro to an assignment in a new group at any time of year!

Education World’s Activities for the First Day of School

The Calm Schools Initiative

The Calm Schools Initiative is offering every teacher in the world free access to Calm, the mindfulness app that hundreds of thousands of people all over the world use every day. The organization’s stated aim is to empower teachers with mindfulness tools and resources they can use to help kids learn this new skill.

The Calm Schools Initiative

Classroom Organization

Despite a teacher’s best intentions, a cluttered classroom environment could be distracting students from learning. Drawing on the growing body of research, the author discusses how visual, layout, and wall colour may have a negative impact on students’ moods.

Classroom Organization

Teach Mental Health

Through a partnership with Faculties of Education from St. Francis Xavier University, Western University and University of British Columbia, TeenMentalHealth.Org has built a comprehensive mental health literacy learner resource for pre-service and practicing teachers. Available to faculties of education, teachers and other educators who are currently in schools are also welcome to take the course.

Teach Mental Health

Share My Lesson

A U.S. based resource, funded by the American Federation of Teachers, this website provides a huge repository of free lesson plans and teacher PD resources. Lessons are organized by divisions, grade, and subject area so you can easily find something for your classroom. A robust section of professional development webinars provided opportunities for self-directed PD. Sign up using LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ credentials.

Share My Lesson