In my school board, once you have worked for 2 years and become full-time permanent, you are entitled to approximately $900 for courses and professional development under a program called “Teacher Improvement Plan.”
Last summer, I used this opportunity to have a credit covered covered and took an in-class Additional Qualification for Senior Math. This was during my vacation, of course, but going to an in-person class at University of Toronto was actually well worth it. The class was small but we had such a great time. It really made me even more passionate as a math teacher and for the first time, I was inspiring and mentoring younger, less-experienced teachers.
I’m trying to decide which AQ to take this year. I chatted with my mom on the phone and told her that I would either get my Senior Geography teachable or Integration of Information & Computer Technology in Instruction – Part 1. She suggested that I focus on my strength; the long-term goal to becoming an expert at #edtech means that I could work towards being a specialist. This could even open up the door of becoming a consultant, since education technology will not be going away any time soon!
On the weekend, I browsed through the Queen’s University website. I’m still trying to decide if I should sign up for the Fall or the Winter session. I guess I still have a month to think about it!