I often get asked by my friends that are graduating teacher’s college: “What do I do now?” And I feel for them, because I also felt lost and unprepared when I began my journey into teaching. I try to comfort them, I try to explain important links (I cannot stress enough applytoeducation.com – although I never got a job through there, I got plenty of interviews, and it made sending out applications so much easier), and I try to help them out with their resumes.
From now on, I’m just goint to point them towards TeachInOntario.ca. It looks like a pamphlet or an information from a seminar that took place. However, this cannot be stated enough: it is GENIUS. It is called the Occasional Teaching Workshop – Participant’s Handbook. And it gives you everything!
Let’s take, for example, their table of contents:
- Getting Stated
- Applying for a Job
- Obtaining Salary Classification
- Locating School Boards
- Preparing for the Job Search
- Know Your Target
- Developing Your Resume (lots of resume and cover letter help, including buzz words).
- Interview Preparation
- Helpful Resources
- After the Successful Interview
- Payroll Information
- An Overview of the Federations (!!!)
- Collective Bargaining
- Professional Boundaris
- What is an Occasional Teacher
- The Advantages of Occasional Teaching
- General Information for Occasional Teachers
- Secondary School Occasional Teaching
- Establishing a Positive Learning Environment
- Strategies for Successful Elementary Occasional Teaching
- Checklist for Occasional Teachers
I bet you this would be Heaven-sent for any new teacher that’s confused about how to navigate this brand new world.