Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a day geared towards the mentoring of teachers that have been newly hired into the Toronto District School Board. The aim of this day is to encourage the new teachers and to give them guidance as they prepare to begin the school year in September. Words of encouragement were given by the Director, Donna Quan. A guest speaker spoke words of inspiration around the theme of the morning: parental involvement in a child’s education. Lunch was organised with the superintendents of the various school districts and I met a person I would see in the school corridors from time to time. Sessions were run geared towards the grade level of the teaching assignments. I, of course, attended the sessions on Kindergarten in French Immersion.
I am grateful for days such as these and have benefited from the ones I have attended in the past. Tips are given by the facilitators that are helpful in the first few weeks of school. Connections are made with other teachers. Ideas and concerns are shared. Assurances are received. Often the day ends with a small gift from the organisers. Yesterday I came home with a USB key (always helpful during the school year), a booklet on suggested art activities and a gift bag filled with catalogues, CDs and a book from Scholastics. My favourite gift, though, is the one handed out after the session with the Kindergarten facilitators: a book titled Are you listening? by Lisa Burman. I look forward to reading what she says about encouraging conversations with young ones.
What have you been grateful for this week?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
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