New AQ: Teacher Librarian – Part 1

Signed up for more professional development! Will be taking this course starting in January until the end of April.

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Signing Up for An AQ

As I had previously mentioned, I was wondering whether I should register for another Additional Qualification this year. Of course, yes. The school board pays for it.

However, I was wondering whether I should start in November or wait until February. My mom* said, just sign up for November. I put my application in and got accepted yesterday forIntegration of Information & Computer Technology in Instruction – Part 1.

Just paid for my course!

Time to enjoy my long weekend.

screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-5-47-56-pm*My mom is pretty smart so I try to listen to her as much as possible. 

Looking Ahead: Professional Development

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!


Reimbursement for AQ


I got a cheque for $735 last week for the Senior Math Additional Qualification (AQ) that I took over the summer. This is the fifth course I’ve taken, but it’s the first one that I’ve gotten reimbursed*. You can see all the other ones I’ve taken on my Ontario College of Teachers profile. Definitely it’s nice to finally get it covered (although it does help with the taxes).

Of course, I’m not around any banks up north, but thank goodness I can deposit it digitally!

*At approximately $750 a pop, that means I’ve paid $3000 out of my own pocket already.