Grateful for Mentoring

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a day geared towards the mentoring of teachers that have been newly hired into the Toronto District School Board. The aim of this day is to encourage the new teachers and to give them guidance as they prepare to begin the school year in September. Words of encouragement were given by the Director, Donna Quan. A guest speaker spoke words of inspiration around the theme of the morning: parental involvement in a child’s education. Lunch was organised with the superintendents of the various school districts and I met a person I would see in the school corridors from time to time. Sessions were run geared towards the grade level of the teaching assignments. I, of course, attended the sessions on Kindergarten in French Immersion.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Gifts received. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I am grateful for days such as these and have benefited from the ones I have attended in the past. Tips are given by the facilitators that are helpful in the first few weeks of school. Connections are made with other teachers. Ideas and concerns are shared. Assurances are received. Often the day ends with a small gift from the organisers. Yesterday I came home with a USB key (always helpful during the school year), a booklet on suggested art activities and a gift bag filled with catalogues, CDs and a book from Scholastics. My favourite gift, though, is the one handed out after the session with the Kindergarten facilitators: a book titled Are you listening? by Lisa Burman. I look forward to reading what she says about encouraging conversations with young ones.

Processed with RookieWhat have you been grateful for this week?

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(Join me and share something that you have been grateful for in the past week. Link up with my post and feel free to use the badge my daughter created. )

Last week’s contributions: 

Gratitude Wednesday: My wheels go round and round

Gratitude: Aquilegia Flower

29 thoughts on “Grateful for Mentoring

  1. I’m happy that the TDSB still does this. When I first started teaching these sessions didn’t exist. Luckily I had a great mentor and we quickly became best friends and have continued to be so some 38 years later.


    1. This is a relatively new thing that has been started by Donna Quan. She believes a lot in supporting the teachers and this is one of the ways in which it is done. In addition to these sessions, we do have a mentor that helps us with the daily business of the classroom.


  2. I have soooo much to be grateful for this week: my daughter’s knee is healing quickly, my mother’s neck pain is improving, my arm pain is improving, I have a new contract so it’s a continual answer to a prayer in having the blessing to work from home and raise my child, we are healthy, we are happy, we have food on the table, clothes on our back, a roof over our heads, a car that runs, a wonderful school Hallie is blessed with and we are blessed her dad pays for half the tuition.

    We are grateful for all our senses for which we usually take for granted: being able to see beauty and precious smiles, smelling the sweet fragrances of pecan, cinnamon, gardenia, coffee, rain, fresh cut grass, being able to hear “I love you” and laughter, the tastes of chocolate, coffee (again), caramel frappe’s, chicken piccata, sweet potato casserole, touching and feeling an embrace, petting our dogs and caressing the hair of our loved ones, being able to speak to all those we love through talking and writing – thankful for all our wonderful senses. And grateful/thankful for friends all over world – friends like you. 😉


    1. What blessings you have received this past week Carol. It is wonderful that your loved ones are healing and that you have a new contract for work. As we count our blessings, we can only be open to receiving even more. Thank you for sharing all that you are grateful for – and may your next week be just as blessed.


  3. Beautiful grateful post Colline. We tend to overlook the ‘mentors’ in our lives daily. Thanks for the reminder. 😀 ♥ Big Hugs ♥


  4. I also enjoyed those meetings. There is always something you can learn or even share with same minded people. (The last few weeks were heck-tick I have totally forgotten about the gratitude Wednesday challenge)


  5. I’m grateful for good health. I hope you enjoy your book – ‘Are You Listening?’ Lots of people think they listen but they don’t. Really listening takes effort and openness.


  6. Fab post Colline! Mentoring is such a selfless gift, and I am always grateful for a wise mentor – it is often invaluable! As a manager of a mental health support team, I always do my best to provide inspiration to others. There is nothing more ‘feel good’ and rewarding (aside from a lottery win of course, :D) than helping others build confidence and skills.
    An Instagram entry this week – grateful for butterflies.


    1. I am always grateful for mentors Amanda as they are often so selfless with their help .
      Your entry for this week is beautiful. Butterflies are always such a delight to see.


  7. I am happy for you Colline. I saw some books on the pile that I would not mind reading though I am not into teaching any more 😀 Last week I was grateful for purchasing new shelves and a new pot orchid :). Counting one’s blessings should be a daily task, but you already know that. Talk soon xx


    1. Thank you Ian. Sometimes we forget to be grateful for what we have in our lives. My weekly post is an acknowledgement of what I have to be grateful for.


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