I also do workshops for the BCTF on Classroom Management for TTOCs, Work-Life Balance, Stress Management, Reality 101, and a few others. It is always a pleasure to present and today was no different!
Today's group had a lot of previous classroom experience as EAs or such and had some awesome ideas and knowledge to share. They just finished their SFU 405 practicum (Long practicum) and I spent the afternoon with them.
One part of my workshop looks at the benefits of being a TTOC.
We brainstormed some of the perks of being a TTOC and here are some of the things we came up with:
- Set schedule
- Variety (grades, subjects, areas)
- experiment with different instructional strategies
- develop professional connections, network
- no report cards
- minimal marking
- less "out of school day" work (prep, plan, mark, etc.)
- Gather ideas, resources, etc.
- try things out repeatedly
While teaching on call is often a stepping stone to contract teaching, many choose to teach on call because of the many perks it offers. Although sometimes unpredictable, many teachers enjoy the benefits of being a teacher-teaching-on-call.
What other perks are there to being a TTOC?