Monthly Archives: April 2017

Reflections on my first year in MT

by Susan
Master of Teaching


I will be going down memory lane to summarize my year in the MT program. This year has been a fun roller-coaster ride.

  1. What was first year like overall?

Time went by so quickly. I still remember the Cohort Meet-and-Greet in June before classes began, the September welcome week, and unwrapping the famous pod chairs OISE classrooms are known for. Through all the classes, assignments, extra-curriculars, the people in your cohort  and the OISE faculty and staff become your ultimate support system.

2. What was tougher? Courses or Practicum?

Both courses and practica came with a different set of responsibilities and they were challenging in their own ways. For example my courses required lots of time management over long periods to coordinate group work with other cohort members. Most people commute or have work and family commitments so becoming familiar with everyone’s schedule that actually ended up saving time when major assignments were due. As for practicum, there is a lot of learning to do in such a short span of time. You transition from sitting and listening in class to all of a sudden the teacher for a month. Learning to switch gears and walking into the classroom as if it was my own was the toughest.

3. Do you like the courses you are taking?

To be honest, I was a bit skeptical about the courses because its been pre-selected to meet the teacher certification requirements. My expectation originally was that the courses were like a rule book you needed to memorize in order to be a teaching professional. As the semester progresses, you see how all the courses compliment each other like certain wines with cheese…my point is I saw the relevancy in these courses over time. The courses promote working with each other, a practise that is not utilized enough in schools to help teacher plan lessons and get input from other disciplines. Teaching is a soft skill and what teachers do is teach soft and hard skills. There is no other program out there that teaches you how to teach.

4. Has the program changed your mind about teaching?

Not at all. My practicum placements has allowed me to work with grades I had previously thought would not be a good fit for me. I am in I/S that means grades 7 to 12, but typically that means high school grades 9 to 12. I experienced working with grade 7 and 8 students and now I am open to all ages, elementary and post-secondary teaching. Teaching is an aspect of a job that I find motivating!

If you would like to see the perspective of a Primary/Junior MT, please see the previous ambassador Caitlin’s blog. Please check out her “FAEQ: Frequently Asked Email Questions for the MT Program” post and other posts regarding Primary/Junior divisions of the program.

What to expect the summer between year 1 and year 2 of MT

by Susan
Master of Teaching


Many of you are probably wondering “how can I keep up with work, social life, extra-curriculars…” while the MT program runs during the summer as well. Well I am here to tell you that there will be plenty of time to soak up the sun!

Here is an approximate schedule of year 1 sessions in the MT program:

Fall term (Year 1): Mid-September to Mid-December (Mon-Thru)

Winter term (Year 1): Early January to Mid-April (Mon-Thru)

Spring “Intersession” term: Mid-May to June (Tues, Thur)

Summer term: July to Mid-August (Tues, Thur)

As you can see there will be opportunities to balance work, travel and a social life during this time. Not to mention, classes during the spring and summer run two days a week. Just like during the regular academic year, you will be taking courses with everyone in your cohort. You will be automatically enrolled in these spring/summer courses which can be any of the mandatory degree requirement courses. There are courses such as Research, electives, and practicum that will not be taken over the spring and summer.

My plans this spring/summer?

I will be taking a two-week leadership program at another university before the spring intercession, produce and direct a music video for the MT program, working as a leadership instructor for engineering camps and preparing for an executive role in the Master of Teaching Student Association! I gotta say, I can’t wait!

First Welcome to new MT’s at the March Meet and Greet

by Susan
Master of Teaching


Hi everyone!

This post is a quick check-in about my thoughts on the MT Meet and Greet in March 2017. This event was hosted by the MT program – Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and the Office of the Registrar and Student Services. It was a night for prospective students who have been given offers (final and conditional) to get to know more about the programs. This session focused on the cohort-model at OISE, unique off-site learning opportunities, practicum and course details.

I took part in meeting and talking to prospective students in the Intermediate/Senior breakout session and the library information session. Let me just say, the level of enthusiasm and energy in the room felt like the warm feeling of family that my cohort has brought me!  (OISE never fails to select a great bunch of teacher candidates haha).

Finally, my highlight of the night in addition to all the eager questions I received, was hearing that students were reading my blogs and found them helpful and reassuring. I am so happy if my own experience helped or will help you decide whether OISE is the right place for you 🙂