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June 2020

Professionally Speaking

The Publication of the Ontario College of Teachers

Photo of a hand placing a wooden block with an illustration of a lion head and the word 'COURAGE.' on it. There is a stack of blocks with different illustrations on the front and different words on them: 'reflection', 'compassion', 'purpose', 'connection', 'balance' and 'support'.

Building Resilience

With a global pandemic leading to isolation, social distancing and work upheaval, Ontario teachers seek ways to care for their mental well-being.

Photo of College Chair Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT, and College Deputy Registrar Chantal Bélisle, OCT, smiling.

Photo of Gary Rabbior, the president of the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, smiling.

In Your Profession

In Your Classroom

Tools of the Trade

Photo of Pareen Gill, OCT, a Grade 3/4 teacher at Nottawa Elementary School, smiling.

Great Teaching

Pareen Gill, OCT, looks for ways to nurture the whole child in everything she teaches.

Remarkable Teacher

Award-winning author Ian Williams on the middle-school teacher who encouraged his love of writing.

Final Exam

Bestselling whodunit author Shari Lapena shares her path from lawyer to teacher to novelist.

Photo of Laura Kerpel, OCT, a Grade 3 teacher at Cedar Drive Junior Public School, smiling with students who are wearing award medals around their necks.


Tech Class

Empathy and real-world issues anchor this Grade 3 teacher's technology lessons.

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Governing Ourselves