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Toronto teacher Amanda Yuill receives ETFO Writer’s Award

Her lively, thorough guide for substitute teachers helps get students on side.

August 15, 2017

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has presented Toronto teacher Amanda Yuill with its 2017 Writer’s Award for her book Substitute Teaching? Everything You Need to Know To Get The Students On Your Side And Teach Them Too!

The award is presented to an active ETFO member or group of members to recognize published or unpublished works.

Being a substitute or ‘occasional’ teacher has its challenges, something that Amanda Yuill knows well, having taught in Toronto as an occasional teacher since 2002. Yuill’s book is an easy-to-read, humorous survival guide for these teachers that “make a difference between a day of spit balls and a day for which students give you homemade bracelets” as she says.

Substitute Teaching? offers tips for teaching grades 1 to 8, guidelines for classroom management and lesson plans for subjects including French, music, physical education, visual art and drama. Along with a good dose of humour, the book provides an insightful and thorough guide to assist teachers to make a difference every day in students’ lives.

Amanda brings a wealth of understanding of the challenges and opportunities that teaching at the elementary level offers, having taught in both public and private schools in Canada and Japan. She has spoken in England, Japan and Canada to young adults on issues such as identity, boundaries and forgiveness.

“Occasional teachers play an extremely important role in ensuring that Ontario’s public elementary students receive seamless, high-quality instruction every day in classrooms,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “With her book, Amanda is providing the leadership for teachers to be the best that they can be every day in classrooms.”

ETFO is committed to building better schools. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at buildingbetterschools.ca. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 78,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.