Opening Statement



Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Beginning Teachers and TSU Renewal!

It's been an honour to serve as your BTC [Beginning Teachers Committee] executive liaison again this year. From what I have seen TSU will certainly be in good hands for the years ahead! Our August generation has had many struggles and made many big gains.Wouldn't it be awful if that were to ever be all lost through  teacher apathy at school and indifference about our unit?

Rest assured that a new generation of Beginning Teachers [BT's] are increasingly getting ready to step up, not only at school, but also in leading the unit, as our older generation continues to retire and focus on other pursuits. Should you re-elect me TSU 3rd VP on May 11th, my goal is to continue to encourage and assist this new sense of renewal in our union activities. I hope many BT's will soon decide to take charge of our many  committees, and maybe even run for executive office. There are quite a few BT's who should be ready to do so quite soon!

Our new teachers are getting involved in the OECTA Provincial Leadership Institute. The BT's host our very popular TSU Volleyball Tournament and pub each year. The committee also regularly host a special BT "only" pub each year downtown at the Madison. Our BT's meet, make connections like we once did, exchange ideas, and also just have some good TSU sponsored fun.

This year a busload of TSU and TECT BT's drove down to Niagara Falls for the OECTA Provincial Beginning Teacher Conference. Spirits were high, and the workshops and speeches seemed to quite interest everyone, including the meeting with the Minister of Education. We have also begun a regular BTC coffee club to meet and discuss their issues. The BT's are keen on starting a web page at our TSU site and are looking over our committee expense sheets to fine tune the budget process. There's off and on again talk of a special BT camping trip to imbibe in fellowship, food, drink and possibly even provide their own band to supply the tunes. Maybe next year?

It's really up to the Beginning Teachers. I see my job as being there to help facilitate whatever is needed so the committee can run itself. It's up to the BT's to decide what is wanted and needed from TSU.  My belief and practice is that TSU is, and always should be, about providing service to our members. Hopefully the BT's will then continue doing so, the next generation through the next and next. If the past few years are any indication, this new generations of teachers certainly will!


Beginning Teachers Conference Niagara Falls 2011

1 comment:

David Chiarelli said...

Teacher archive May 2011: Beginning teachers are the source of union renewal @ http://tsu3rdvp.blogspot.ca/2011/04/news-flash-self-directed-pd-days.html

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