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Occupational therapy: 'Why I swapped a job in IT for a career helping others'

<i>Marvin Reid talks about life as an occupational therapist and why he decided to swap a job in IT sales for a career helping others.</i><p>As I was approaching 30, I knew that my job in IT sales wasn't fulfilling enough. It was well paid but I wasn't getting a sense of satisfaction. After speaking to a …

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The new normal: Occupational therapy assistants help patients return to day-to-day activities

Michelle Billings spent 30 years as a registered nurse, most of them working at Cook County Hospital. She says she watched the treatment of patients become increasingly specific as her career evolved. "Nurses do a lot today, don't get me wrong, but the number of specialists in medicine today has …

From basket weaving to job centres: the changing nature of occupational therapy

As a trainee occupational therapist, I have to be open to working in newer areas of practice as traditional posts are likely to be cut<p>It’s a strange time to train as an occupational therapist, a profession that historically has been unrecognised, overlooked or plain misunderstood. The job’s …

How do you solve a problem like occupational therapy recruitment?

In London, the high cost of living and unaffordable housing means NHS trusts and social care services are struggling to recruit enough occupational therapists<p>Occupational therapy services in London are reaching crisis point as they struggle to fill vacancies and retain experienced staff. The first …

There's a place for occupational therapy beyond councils and the NHS

Non-traditional roles in homeless hostels and charities mean OTs can use their skills to help marginalised people and prevent crises<p>As I approach the end of my studies and move towards my first job as an occupational therapist (OT), the question of professional identity is important and challenging …

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Education Technology

Three Ways to Transform Ed-Tech Professional Development - By Involving Students

Whenever I’m invited to a school or district to talk with teachers about using technology, I’ll ask the principal or superintendent if I can meet …

The Myth of Walkthroughs: 8 Unobserved Practices in Classrooms

Walkthroughs can offer enormous learning opportunities for teachers and leaders, but unfortunately they focus on at least 8 myths that aren't …

Pedagogy

How to turn your classroom into a hotbed of creativity and innovation

Classrooms do not promote nearly enough creativity and innovation. Here’s how they can start<i>Ed. note: Innovation In Action is a monthly column from</i> …

13 Powerful Ways to Continue Your Professional Growth

At YouTern, we’ve been talking a lot lately about self-learning’s role in professional growth and perpetual career development. So it makes sense …

8 keys to avoiding teacher burnout (part two)

If you are feeling burned out right now or just a little crispy around the edges, I want to reassure you that your feelings are normal, that you can …

Teaching

Are You Job Hopping Or Seeking Professional Development?

If your resume or personal story leads potential employers to label you a “job hopper,” it’s not a good thing.<p>In 2014, a report was released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that between 1998-2011, individuals between the ages of 18-26 held an average of six jobs for men and 6.3 jobs for …

21 Tips, Tricks, and Ideas Every 21st Century Teacher Should Try

Take advantage of all of the new resources and ideas circulating in the education community, and start experimenting in your classroom! To help you …

Education Technology

Elementary students in Ont. to get 5 hours a week of math instruction

TORONTO -- Students in Ontario elementary schools will soon be required to have one full hour a day of math instructions.<p>Education Minister Liz …