Who are our new teachers?
A new teacher may be a teacher new to the profession, a beginning teacher and/or a teacher teaching on call, a teacher new to a classroom assignment or having a significant change of assignment, a teacher new to teaching in BC, or a teacher returning to the profession.
Some members choose a career as a teacher teaching on call (TTOC). The Teachers Teaching on Call home page provides additional information for career and transitional TTOCs.
If you are a new or beginning teacher and have any questions, please contact Marie-Claude Tremblay at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 604-871-1844, or 1-800-663-9163 local 1844.
New Teachers' and Student Teachers' Conference
The 2014 conference will be held on February 28 and March 1, 2014 in Richmond.
Local/PSA new teacher conference grants
The BCTF provides eight $500 grants to a PSA, local, or zone organized conference which includes a significant component for new teachers and teachers teaching on call.
New Teacher Mentoring Project
The New Teacher Mentoring Project, co-sponsored by the BCTF, UBC, and BCSSA, has successfully secured ongoing funding from the Ministry of Education. The aim for growth and development of the New Teacher Mentoring Project over the next five years is to develop and strengthen the quality and sustainability of mentoring programs and processes, responsive to the differing contexts and cultures of schooling throughout the province of BC.
The e-mail list, bctf-beginteach, facilitates discussion among and between new and experienced teachers. Go to the BCTF public mailing list page to join or leave this and other BCTF e-mail lists.
Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs)
PSAs offer many conferences and workshops that are useful for new teachers. For information, go to the PSA listing page to access PSA websites.
PITA has an extensive year-long program for intermediate early career teachers. Find out about it at www.pita.ca.
The BCTF Handbook for new teachers and TTOCs: The practice of teaching contains information on a variety of practical topics, such as classroom management, reporting requirements, working with parents, and sources of help for new teachers.
Teaching in British Columbia
See our Teaching in BC page for information on certification and salaries, and job search resources.
Learning resources from Statistics Canada
Teaching to Diversity
This subsite of the BCTF web site offers lots of information and web-based resources designed to support classroom teachers and all students in learning. The subsite also provides adaptations and teaching strategies. Check out the huge selection of lesson plans which can be downloaded at no cost.