Welcome from the Chair
Welcome to teaching in Ontario and to
the Ontario College of Teachers. If you just graduated, you probably can’t wait to greet your first class, help your students achieve and invite them to think big as they embark on a new project.
If you have taught outside Ontario, I am sure that you are ready and eager to contribute your skills, knowledge and expertise to Ontario schools and ignite your students’ learning.
That’s why Making Connections is the theme for this handbook. You chose a profession that will give you many opportunities to connect with students and make a difference in their lives. Whether by awakening the mind of a child who is writing his name for the very first time or attending to the unique talent of a teenage artist, a teacher helps students navigate through everyday challenges.
As teachers, we bring to our classrooms care, respect, trust and integrity to inspire our students to learn and help them realize their full potential. We guide them with insight and compassion.
It is common to feel somewhat uneasy as you enter your new profession. Don’t be. If you remain true to our standards, you will enjoy great success. And to help smooth the way, we’ve provided timely advice for members about the responsible, professional use of electronic communication and social media.
I believe the unique professional knowledge and skills of teachers are founded on mastering theory and applying it effectively in the classroom to benefit our students. That mastery is what being an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) is all about.
Your first year of teaching in Ontario will be a challenging and rewarding one, and I wish you much success.
Liz Papadopoulos, OCT
Welcome from the Registrar
Welcome to the Ontario College
of Teachers, home to a community of professionals who combine specialized knowledge and skills with a love for learning and teaching.
I am delighted that such highly educated and talented people like you, with your gift for inspiring children, are joining our teaching profession. It is teachers like you who inspire public confidence in our profession. How do you do this?
You demonstrate care and compassion. You act with integrity and establish relationships with students based on mutual respect. You are a role model.
We need you to help students set goals and then to watch with pride as they surpass them.
Our theme for this handbook is Making Connections because teachers connect with children inside and outside the classroom. Advances in technology, with the growing use of e-communication and social media, have created new opportunities for teaching and learning for students and teachers. Their use should be encouraged. But here’s our advice: Members should exercise the same care and caution in the digital world as they do in their face-to-face interactions with respect to teaching/learning and their professional image.
During my more than 20 years as an educator, I’ve learned that teaching, more than anything else, is about establishing and maintaining relationships. These relationships are primarily with students but also with colleagues, parents and the school community. The key is to have relationships based on care, trust, respect and integrity – no matter what the method of communication. We believe the concept of relationships extends to the College. We look forward to building that relationship with you and welcome your feedback and participation in College initiatives.
I encourage you to take the time to browse through this comprehensive section of the website. You’ll find it contains helpful and practical information about the College and the benefits and services we offer.
Congratulations on joining the ranks of the dedicated and talented group of teachers in Ontario. It’s good to have you with us.
We are proud of you and your commitment to students.
Michael Salvatori, OCT
Chief Executive Officer and Registrar