Start UP Your Class

The StartUP! community provides support and resources for early career teachers

Teaching Resources



These links take you to the PITA Early Career Wiki. The Start UP! Program was begun by Ray when he was President of PITA in 2008. Ray maintains this site and we have been posting the resources from our workshops on the site since then.

Other useful sites for early career teachers:

Mentoring BC -a UBC & BCTF project funded by the Ministry, but funding may end in Dec 2016.

PSAs- There are 33 PSAsF These are groups of teachers, like the music teachers, working together on professional development. Most are secondary focused, but for new elementary classroom teachers the three key ones are:

  1.    Provincial Intermediate Teachers Assoc. They now use: myPITA, to include middle years  myPITA provided the major funding for the Start UP!
  2.   BC Primary Teachers Association:
  3.  This year the BC Early Career Teachers PSA was formed:

Last year the BCTF launched a lesson data base called TeachBC


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Comment by Ray Myrtle on August 18, 2015 at 9:34am

My First Week of School booklet is English only, but all the handouts are translated into French (thank you Vincent!).They can be found in Start UP! resources (on the Main page)-- then Start UP! Your Class & First Week of School Page

Comment by Ann-Marie Hunter on March 22, 2014 at 9:34am

Came across this cool classroom behaviour system and I think it might be useful to teachers!  Check it out!


Comment by SHAILLY SAREEN on October 9, 2013 at 1:03pm

Celebrating 10 years of arts creativity, the Surrey International Children’s Festival is happy to announce their 2014 line-up, with many exciting things for your grade 4 to 7 students to take part in.  Please check out our intermediate programming information on our Educator’s Tab


Comment by Ann-Marie Hunter on April 8, 2013 at 5:51pm

I've posted the "20 Student Brain Breaks" file on the Resources page under Teachers On Call - TOC Files (at the bottom of the page).  I've also added a page that I think might be helpful for developing an attitude towards students making errors and a couple of Math files (a game and an instructional explanation) that would be helpful to a TOC (couldn't resist!).   Hope these are useful to you!


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