Upcoming Webinars

Dec 11

Why Teachers Should Care About Self-Care

Jan 20

Creating Digital Scavenger Hunts

Jan 27

Leadership: Does the Literature Match Up With the Classroom Experience?

Mar 24

Anywhere, Anytime, Anyway Learning: Blend-Sync ESL Classes


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Why Teachers Should Care About Self-Care

When: TUESDAY**, December 11, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm  **New Day!Health
Presenter: Patrice Palmer

Webinar Description:

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel”. Eleanor Brownn.

Teaching is a profession that requires giving of one’s self to make a difference for students. The chronic use of empathy and depletion of emotional resources are strongly associated with emotional exhaustion and/or professional burnout (Maslach, Schaufeli & Leiter, 2001). Also, challenges such as student behaviour, precarious work, multiple workloads or administrative responsibilities can add to the pressures of this demanding profession. Teachers are among those professionals with the highest levels of job stress and burnout across many countries (Stoeber & Renner, 2008). Self-care is key to sustaining the joys and rewards of one's teaching practice.

Self-care refers to the intention and actions in activities with the active involvement to promote health, reduce stress, build resilience, promote physical health, and increase well-being. If teachers have strategies to support their wellbeing, they will be able to manage stressors of the job, to not only survive but flourish. Teachers are then able to be better role models for their students and colleagues. (Skovholt & Trotter-Mathison, 2016). Without self-care, teachers are at risk of emotional exhaustion, professional burn-out and/or compassion fatigue.

This webinar will:

  • define self-care and discuss its importance for all educators
  • provide specific strategies and interventions for self-care
  • discuss how to best adapt strategies for self-care at an individual and organizational level

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Work/life balance, health/mental health

Participant Level:No previous knowledge required

About the presenter:

Patrice Palmer has a Master of Education from Brock University, and a Master of Arts from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), and a certificate in Positive Psychology from Wilfred Laurier University. After more than 20 years in various areas of ESL, Patrice has transitioned out of classroom teaching and is now the owner of Happiness @ Work where she provides workshops on workplace happiness but has a soft-spot for teacher well-being.

Website: www.patricepalmer.ca

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eltwisdom

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricepalmer1/

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Creating Digital Scavenger Hunts

When: Sunday, January 20, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmscavanger
Presenter: Nancy Van Dorp, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Have you ever watched the engagement of your students increase when you've run a scavenger hunt in the classroom? Now you can set up and run a digital scavenger hunt, where students can use their smart phones or tablets to participate. Digital scavenger hunts are a treasure in the gamify education space.

In this webinar, you will:

  • participate in a digital scavenger hunt as a student
  • learn about digital scavenger hunt benefits • gain some best practices to set up and play your own hunts with your students

IMPORTANT: 

To get the most out of this activity, participants should:

  1. in advance of the webinar, download to their smartphone or tablet the free GooseChase app (available from either the Apple Store or Google Play)
  2. during the webinar, have their smartphone or tablet with them, in addition to being logged on to a computer for the webinar

Tutela recommends using Chrome or Firefox as your browser.

Webinar Type: TechKnow

TechKnow webinars will cover a one-hour timeframe, split into two segments:

  • 40-45 minutes for the presentation, supported by slides
  • 15-20 minutes for questions from attendees Priority will be given to questions submitted in advance. Members can email topical questions for the presenter, up to one day before the live webinar.

Send your questions to webinar@teslontario.org, showing the webinar title in the subject line.

Categories: Technology, lesson planning/ideas

Participant Level:No previous knowledge required

About the presenter:

Nancy is a lifelong learner and supporter of educational technology. She is a senior trainer and developer on the LearnIT2Teach team, and teaches technology and culture courses at Sheridan College.

Website: http://www.nancyvandorp.com/index.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NancyVanDorp

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancyvandorp/

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Leadership: Does the Literature Match Up With the Classroom Experience?

When: Sunday, January 27, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmleadership
Presenter: Sarah Langridge, OCELT

Webinar Description:

What types of leadership are there in educational organizations? What does leadership mean, and what are the multiple forms it takes? What is the difference between a leader and a manager? Questions such as these will be looked at in this webinar.

The presenter’s goal is to familiarize members with some of the academic literature on leadership in educational organizations, and to help them think about and apply this knowledge in their own daily experiences.

We will look at a handful of scholars who have spent numerous years analyzing, critiquing, and studying people in the workplace, specifically in school settings. These scholars include people such as Begley, Morgan, Schien, and Milley. We will draw out of their papers their observations and advice around how to be a leader in a school environment and how to best lead others.

Most educators have at some point questioned how they can be better leaders in their class and/or in their school. In this webinar, you can expect to learn about:

  • What is a leader versus a manager?
  • How can I lead?
  • The numerous forms of leadership
  • Ways to organize and manage resources
  • How to find a personal style you can use in your workplace

This information will be applicable to teachers and administrators alike.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Classroom management, leadership, administration

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

About the presenter:

Sarah is a pedagogical advisor in the private sector, coordinating programs for foreign language training with the federal government. She also teaches workplace communication courses in Ottawa. She is completing her Master of Education in Leadership, Curriculum, and Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa. Sarah is an active volunteer in the ESL community, and is currently membership secretary for the Ottawa affiliate.

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Anywhere, Anytime, Anyway Learning: Blend-Sync ESL Classes

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmblendsync
Presenters: Dmitri Priven, OCELT & Donald Moen

Webinar Description:

Have you ever considered the possibility of your students telecommuting to class? How can integrating on-site and remote (online) students affect your class environment? What tools would you need to be able to do everything you do in a face-to-face class through a web conference?

This hands-on demonstration of a blended synchronous approach to online delivery of ESL classes will be of interest to those teachers who would like to provide an immersive, participatory classroom experience to their online students.

This approach allows teachers to integrate on-site and off-site students in one physical/virtual synchronous space, with opportunities for real-time communication and student collaboration.

By the end of this webinar, the participants will be able to:

  • situate this blended synchronous approach within the general framework of Anywhere Anytime Anyway Learning
  • obtain a greater awareness of a pedagogy for blended synchronous delivery of their ESL classes
  • identify the main features and affordances of a web-conferencing tool used for blended synchronous delivery of ESL classes
  • assess the needs of their students vis-à-vis blended synchronous delivery
  • assess their own level of readiness for implementing blended synchronous delivery
  • establish the limitations of this approach for ESL teaching purposes and ways to mitigate them

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories: Technology, classroom management, blending learning, online teaching

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenters:

Dmitri Priven and Donald Moen are professors at Algonquin College. Dmitri is the coordinator of the TESL program, and Donald is the coordinator of the EAP program. Both have extensive background in all aspects of teaching adult ESL in Canada and internationally.

Dmitri’s current research interests are teacher training in blended synchronous environments, and form-focused instruction in EAP. Donald’s current research interests include intercultural communication, educational technology, online education, and educational leadership.

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