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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Writing in Education

In the Faculty of Education, you will be required to complete a variety of assignments, many of which will involve writing. For those of you with a science background, you may not have had many courses in which you wrote essays or reflection papers. If you have a humanities or social sciences background, writing essays will be a familiar experience. Now, however, the stakes have changed. Soon you will be a role model for hundreds of young people, and you will need to interact with parents, other teachers, and your new principal. You will write report cards for students that will stay in their files for years to come. In other words, unlike your university assignments, what you write in report cards, on student assignments, and in classroom newsletters will have a much larger audience and will remain in the records of your students for many years. Make sure that you strengthen your writing skills in this final year before you embark on your career – and do not forget, you will most likely be teaching and grading writing sometime during your teaching career!

Tip: 

The documentation style for citations and references will vary based on the discipline your assignment is in. Most education courses use APA, but, in English courses, you will probably use MLA and in history courses you might use the Chicago Manual of Style. Always confirm with your professor what style is required.