TOKTW 2017


Name of your host: Nancy Buckles                    Relationship to you: mom


  1. What is your job title? Student services teacher


  1. What is your job description? I support 7 primary classes. I provide skill, learning assistance, and EAL support.  I either provide in-class support or take small groups to work in my classroom.


  1. What are the duties and/or tasks you perform at your job? I teach students in small groups or co-teach with the classroom teacher. I develop programs for the skill students.  I help support the EA’s (Educational Assistant) and I write their schedule.  I lead a weekly school based team meeting.  I frequently meet with parents and/ or district support staff. I go outside for recess supervision.  I am in charge of our sensory room and teach the EA’s how to use the room with students.


  1. What qualifications do you have for this job in the following areas:


  1. Training? First aid and lots of professional development workshops.
  2. Education? 6 years of post-secondary school at SFU
  3. Experience? I have been a teacher for 14 years.
  4. Skills and attributes (personal qualities)? I care about the students and take the time to build rapport with them. I participate in extra-curricular activities with the students.


  1. What are some of the things you like about your job? I really enjoy working with the students and watching them grow emotionally, socially, and academically. I enjoy learning new things at workshops.


  1. What are some of the things you dislike about this job? I dislike all of the paperwork. I would

rather spend the time working with kids.


  1. How do you anticipate this job changing in the next 5 years or so? I don’t think my job will change too much.
  2. Would you pick this career again? Yes I would because I really like my job and enjoy making a difference in children’s lives. I enjoy working with the students.


Student Reflections:

  1. Give three reasons why you would like this job?
  2. I liked working with the kids in small groups
  3. I liked taking the kids to the sensory room
  4. I like all of the vacation time (summer, Christmas, spring break)


  1. Give 3 reasons why you would not like this job?
  2. Teachers do not get paid enough
  3. There are a lot of kids that do not listen
  4. I don’t like talking in front of people


  1. Is this job for you? Why or why not?

No this job is not for me because it is boring and I don’t like talking in front of people.


  1. Explain the value of the TOKTW experience in relation to your ideas about your post secondary plans?

I thought it was a valuable experience because it was good to see what my mom’s job is and figure out that teaching is not for me.  Right now I plan on going to post-secondary school but I am not sure what I want to do for a job.

This shows the  students what they need to do and what it looks like to be done.

I was reading with 2 students and they answered comprehension questions.

I helped a student sound out the words so he could fill in the blanks.