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17 September 2018 | Professionally Speaking TWEET SHEET Follow what's trending in the education Twitterverse DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @OCT_OEEO INFOGRAPHICS: HANNAH BROWNE/STUDIO 141 GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES CURRENT MEMBERSHIP ANNUAL REVIEW A look at the College's 2017 Annual Report. BY STEVE BREARTON Source: Ontario College of Teachers, 2017 Annual Report First-year certifi ed teachers fully employed from 2014–17: Where new members received their initial certifi cation: 34 % 42 % 47 % 62 % 2014 2015 2016 2017 26 % are male (60,683) 3 identify as gender neutral (X) 74 % are female (175,019) 235,705 College members in good standing 5,552 new members 79% Ontario (4,388) 9.6% Other international (531) 7.1% Other provinces (395) 4.3% United States (238) GreenLearning @GreenLearning #Teachers: Every child deserves to learn about financial literacy. As you get ready for next year, register your students for the Lending a Hand Challenge — a FREE program teaching kids about the ins & outs of social finance! ow.ly/e6oW30kGT9l #STEM #STEAM #STEMed #EnviroEd LSF @LSF_LST Need a classroom warmup? Here's some short videos to engage your students in the fall — More here #R4R bit.ly/2hKzj4L LSF @LSF_LST Learning for a Sustainable Future is a national charity inspiring a new generation of responsible citizens. twitter.com/LSF_LST CBC Music @CBCMusic This year's #CBCMusicClass Challenge song list includes #LeonardCohen's classic, "Hallelujah." Will your class's rendition be the next great cover of this song? bit.ly/2MJRxOS @MusiCounts CBC Music @CBCMusic CBC Music is a radio network that features Canadian music; operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. twitter.com/CBCmusic GreenLearning @GreenLearning Free online education programs for youth about energy, climate change and green economy. twitter.com/greenlearning 1,533* FOLLOWERS 2,115* FOLLOWERS 82.4K* FOLLOWERS YOUR STUDY GUIDE TO STATS IN EDUCATION *as of July 30, 2018 33 September 2018 | Professionally Speaking 33 September 2018 | Professionally Speaking LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 12 Professionally Speaking December 2018 Professionally Speaking welcomes letters to the editor. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and to conform to our publication style. To be considered for publication, letters should be in response to an article published in the magazine and include the writer's daytime phone number and registration number. Address letters to: The Editor, Professionally Speaking at ps@oct.ca or 101 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 0A1. Classroom Management Article Timely As we embark on a brand new school year, thank you for the timely ar ticle "How to Manage Your Classroom Environment" in the latest issue. I found it a ver y practical and easy-to-read ar ticle that provides authentic tips and strategies for creating a safe, inclusive and nurturing classroom environment. The educators from across the province shared their perspectives and success stories about creating an environment where all voices are heard and students feel a sense of belonging. The impor tance of building positive relationships and tapping into students' interest is emphasized. Tips combined with real-life scenarios are ver y helpful to both the new and veteran teachers. Additional resources are provided for the readers if they wish to explore the topic fur ther. You walk away with many new tricks of the trade. I would highly recommend all educators read this ar ticle to add to their ideas and strategies to build a positive classroom and school environment for all students to thrive and be successful. Gurmeet Gill, OCT, is principal at Fernforest Public School in Brampton, Ont. Using Inclusive Language Thanks for the September issue of Professionally Speaking, which I always find interesting and useful. The "Annual Review" article in By the Numbers reports that of College members, "74 per cent are female," "26 per cent are male" and three "identify as gender neutral (X)." I was wondering if any genderqueer or non-binary teachers were consulted on the wording for either the survey or the annual report (there may be other terms that people would like your magazine to use, but "genderqueer" and "non-binary" are what I have heard most often). I recently had an enlightening conversation with a genderqueer person who said their pet peeve is when people use the term "identify as." They do not "identify as" genderqueer, they are genderqueer. I'm sure your article was not intended to be rude or condescending, but when it is said of all other members that they "are" female or male, while others "identify as" another category, it seems that might be insulting, as if the people in question are being humoured rather than believed and respected. Certainly it is possible that your publication consulted with teachers who are gender neutral or use other terms, but if not, that seems an important next step. That would be beneficial for all teachers, for students, and the larger community. I believe the College is committed to inclusivity, and I appreciated the mention in At the College of the College's presence at Pride Toronto. Kristen Mathies, OCT, is a teacher at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, a private school in Kitchener, Ont. Editor's response: Thank you for raising this important issue. As part of our fact-checking and due diligence process, we consulted several authorities on the appropriate wording, including Egale Canada, an advocacy organization that advances equality for Canadian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families across Canada. Tell us what you think!

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