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Assessment and How good is good? by Ray Myrtle

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 12:01pm 0 Comments

The attached  article was first written for the myPITA newsletter on some practical ideas about assessment.


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TTOC Hiring Report

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 5:30am 0 Comments

BC TTOC Hiring Report.

Much of what we focus upon is help you be better prepared to teach. Of course to get there, you need to have a job, and for almost all teachers, a TTOC job is the next step.

So this BC TTOC Hiring Report is designed to help you prepare for the interview process and get your job.

To help you prepare to get a TTOC postion, I have been analyzing data about TTOC…


Creating Better Access to Support for Early Career teachers by Ray Myrtle

Posted on March 6, 2016 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Creating Better Access to Support for Early Career teachers.

By Ray Myrtle.

A new teacher was offered a job to teach a grade 7 class during the first week of school, but she had to begin teaching on the following…


The Start UP! Approach: Advice for a TTOC

Posted on August 10, 2015 at 9:00am 1 Comment

Make each TTOC day a rehearsal for the next step in your career.

Advice for a TTOC: The Start UP! Approach by Ray Myrtle

Make each day a Rehearsal for the Next Step in your Career. This means to try to practise the same…


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At 11:42pm on February 21, 2016, Connie Sinkler-Thomas said…
Hi Ray!! Thx I will check out the videos for Simple Machines. Was hoping one of the categories for suggestions would be student recording / reporting... as in sharing their Sc work with parents via video online.... working on that as my goal. :)
At 2:30pm on July 24, 2015, Tara Schafer said…

I have taught high school business for the past 9 years & am teaching grade 2/3 this year.

At 12:50am on March 27, 2015, Elaine Tan Comeau said…

Hello Ray,  I am just so thrilled to have discovered your group supporting new teachers! (That is a passion of mine!) Honoured to be here! Looking forward o learning and supporting!

Warmest smiles,

Elaine Tan Comeau

Former SD41 Teacher

At 6:22pm on October 26, 2014, Jana Webb said…

Hi Ray,

I met you this weekend at the PITA conference.  I am teaching PE K-12 Science 8/9, and assisting with science 10 (it is a connected classroom).  It has been very busy and slightly over whelming trying to stay ahead and find resources for myself and my students.  It is a very exciting job and really cool that I get to meet all of the kids in PE.  They really lighten up and come into the gym looking to let loose.  It is great to see how excited they are to have PE class.

Jana Webb

At 6:14pm on March 28, 2014, Elissa Lee said…

Hi Ray, thank you so much for your suggestion for Science. I just found out that you left a comment last year. I am slowly learning how to use this website. Thanks again!

At 1:29pm on September 30, 2013, Michelle Poirier said…

Hi Ray, your gmail address bounced back to me so I will put the information here: Number Talks by Sherry Parrish (Math Solutions) is the book I spoke of with great mental math strategies and practice exercises all scripted :) 

At 8:11am on September 24, 2013, Jessica Stewart said…

Hi Ray, 

Thank you for the friend request. 

I am so excited to finally be in the classroom. 

Your start up guide really helped =) 

It was great to meet you at UNBC when you came up. 


Jessica Stewart 

At 9:15pm on September 22, 2013, Barbara Klassen said…

Hi Ray:

I met you at some workshops at B.C. Muslim School. Thanks for friending me.

Barb Klassen

At 6:19pm on September 5, 2013, Lola Young said…

Hi Ray,

Yes, I might be attending that workshop. Thank you for your welcome and for letting me know!


At 9:23pm on August 18, 2013, Stephanie Christina Lindal said…

Thanks! happy to browse around and check it out!

At 7:52pm on April 4, 2013, Tracy Walton said…

I feel sometimes I do not assess enough.  I am not the main teacher in the room (I am 0.400 FTE) but when it comes to report cards my partner seems to mark everything where I tend to mark final project/ or best work (practice, practice, practice submit) and assess what they know or are learning through out the course (AFL).  Am I basing my final grades on too little of a mark? My subjects are science, writing, HCE, some math and a bit of reading. 

At 8:58pm on March 5, 2013, Claire said…

Thank you for the welcome Ray,

Yes I am a teacher candidate on practicum in a grade 7 class. I have never had the opportunity to teach grade 4 and 5's yet so that's why I left them out! But of course I enjoy children of all ages. All the best!




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