“On May 11th, 2013 UBC hosts the 16th Annual IOP Conference where practicing teachers, university educators, graduate students and student teachers from different educational contexts (schools, universities and colleges) come together to share their questions, investigations and understandings about their practice. The conference stresses dialogue among participants; presentations are intended to provoke and inform discussion.
Teaching is demanding and complex work, made more difficult if we try to do it in isolation or without sharing and exploring our understandings together. In order to better understand and improve our practice, many of us engage in classroom, program or institution-based investigations focusing on the what, the how and the why of our practice.
Conference proposals are being accepted until February 26, 2013.
For more information, go to the Conference website at:
A recent OECD Teaching in Focus brief discusses international survey findings regarding new teachers. Among them:
- Schools are providing support for new teachers in the form of mentoring and induction programmes, but nearly one third of new teachers report a high level of need for professional development around student discipline and behaviour problems.
- According to the countries surveyed in the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), new teachers spend less time on teaching and learning and more time on classroom management and report lower levels of self-efficacy than experienced teachers.
Click here to access the full summary of OECD findings.
Teacher Mentorship BC Meeting
Monday January 21st, 2013
Schou Education Centre
4041 Canada Way, Burnaby BC
For inquiries and agenda: Anne_Hales@sd42.ca
Our next TMBC meeting will take place:
October 22, 2012
Schou Education Centre
4041 Canada Way, Burnaby
For more info contact: Anne_Hales@sd42.ca
Click here to access agenda and meeting notes from our recent Teacher Mentorship BC network meeting .
You will find updates about the UBC/BCTF provincial mentoring pilot, links to Dr. Charlie Naylor’s guest presentation, and information about networks plans and volunteer committee opportunities for 2012-13.
Thanks to all who attended, and to Burnaby School District for hosting us throughout 2011-12.
Next TMBC network meeting will be Monday October 22, 2012 at Schou Education Centre, 4041 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC.
Monday May 14th Charlie Naylor presented at the Teacher Mentorship BC network meeting hosted the Schou Centre in the Burnaby School District. He addressed key issues related to teacher mentorship in BC. Here is the link to his presentation.
Some of the issues that Charlie raised include:
- There is an increase in the number of teachers who are > 60 years old.
- A significant number of female teachers are joining/rejoining the professional in their late 30′s and early 40′s.
- Young teachers are overwhelmingly female.
- The number of children in BC is projected to increase dramatically in the next few years.
- As a group, administrators are younger and for the first time the number of female administrators is greater than the number of male administrators (by FTE).
- School & district culture had a significant impact on the efficacy of mentorship. Richmond & Ontario were given as examples.
- The tension between BCPSEA’s tabled language & the professionalism of teachers.
- The ten most stressful factors as reported in Ch. 6 of the 2009 BCTF Worklife study.
- The nature & characteristics of teacher leaders.