Prep time and the Daily OT
This is a topic that arises from time to time and I felt the need to re-visit it.
A teacher’s prep time is for them to use as seen fit. When a daily OT takes over the classroom for the day they have the right to a self-directed prep time. However, the plans may suggest that the OT make photocopies for the next period, gather resources for the next math lesson, take some time to assess the previous science lesson, deal with a class management issue, write observational notes, mark on a rubric, etc. All those things that a teacher would use a prep time for. As you know the OT may be able to cover some of those items during their prep, but things can arise and they might not get to them.
However, it would be inappropriate to instruct an OT to go assist in another classroom, I fail to see how that would be considered prep work and it erodes not just our own collective agreement, but the Waterloo Teacher Locals’ as well.
If any teacher chooses to use a prep time to assist in another classroom they may do so.
I feel that some suggestion is okay because the OT might not know what needs prepared depending on the plans that are left.
The PL Committee is pleased to announce two PD sessions on January 30, 2015. A light snack will be provided at the start of the morning session and lunch will be served to those attending both sessions. Child care subsidy available upon request.
Come and join us at 130 Highland Road East and spend your PD Day day engaged is some great professional development!
FOR REGISTRATION, GO TO: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/january-30-pd-sessions-tickets-14417825103
We All Live on Turtle Island (January 30 9:00am to 12:00pm)
The goal of this workshop is to introduce Occasional Teachers to an infusion of Aboriginal content into their elementary classrooms. Key components of the workshop will emphasize present-day experiences and cultures of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. Participants will learn how to create a unique and memorable inclusive learning environment. Specifically, it will demonstrate how occasional teachers can use available resources quickly and easily to engage students in aboriginal education.
Occasional Teaching: Tips and Advice (January 30 1:00pm to 3:00pm)
In this workshop we will discuss classroom management, how to engage students, quick assessment strategies, and promoting yourself as an educator in a new school. There will be opportunities for attendees to share strategies that work for them and to problem solve issues that arise for OT’s in the classroom.
The PL Committee
130 Highland Road East, Unit 2,
Kitchener ON, N2M 3V9
A reminder out to Occasional Teachers that utilize the Fail to Fill line in the morning.
The expectation of calling the Fail to Fill line is you are ready to be deployed for that morning. The board is finding that OTs are calling the line and when they call them back they are told they will be late because the OT is not ready (need to shower, make lunch, find babysitter, walk dog, still in bed… etc)
For more information about the fail-to-fill process please head to the local website https://etfowrotl.com/Subfinder/
We have had a large increase in the amount of unfilled jobs, especially on Mondays and Fridays. I encourage all OTs to try the fail-to-fill line if you want to ensure a steady amount of work.
It has come to the attention of the local and the board as to the existence of 3rd party Subfinder apps that are available at a cost to members. The board is looking at the possibility of blocking these apps after equity issues have since arose. An occasional teacher should not be able to pay a fee to get a competitive edge over another when accepting work. The major issue that these app have presented though is that they are against board policy.
Administrative Procedure 4070 RESPONSIBLE USE PROCEDURE for INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION TECHNOLOGIES – 4.5 protecting the integrity of their account usernames and passwords
By providing a username and password to a 3rd party app, the member could be in violation of the boards communication policy.
The board has warned the OT local that there is an increased amount of cancelled jobs, by OTs. Although there are many legitimate reasons to cancel an assignment, it is inappropriate to cancel one OT assignment for another without discussion first between administrators.
The board can track members who cancel one site only to work another on the same day. This is not something that we would want the board to feel that they need to start to do. Please honour a job assignment, only accept positions that you are sure you can follow through with.
- What: Staff Room Thursday – topic: Report Cards
- When: Thursday, May 29 at 4:30pm
- Where: WROTL Office, 130 Highland Rd. E, Kitchener
- Who: all OT’s are invited!
- Why: it’s fun and informative!
Never written report cards…? What do you want to know!? What interview questions have you been asked about report cards? Are you in a LTO and need report card tips or some fresh comments?
All OT’s are welcome to this session on writing report cards! Bring your questions…bring your comments!
This is a drop-in session so there is no need to register. See you Thursday!
First-Vice President and PL Committee member
Useful Links and Documents
Some teachers are experiencing an issue with the SAVE button being “greyed out” while working in TWEA. This issue is consistent with computers that are using IE10 as the internet browser.
Page 3 in the Suggestions for Working in TWEA on Home Computers document provides a web link to work in compatibility view in IE 10 which improves the functionality of TWEA. This documentation is located in the TWEA Support Conference in the Document & FAQ’s in Waterworks. To check the Internet Explorer version on your computer follow these steps:
Launch Internet Explorer
Click on Help located on the toolbar.
Choose About Internet Explorer.
A window will pop-up and display the version of Internet Explorer on your computer.