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Burnaby teacher given two-day suspension for drawing students instead of teaching

Last Updated Sep 9, 2020 at 6:14 pm PDT

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Summary

A substitute teacher's teaching license has been suspended for two days for drawing students instead of teaching them

There were four incidents last year where the teacher had not done his job or supported students

It's not the first time he's been disciplined for his behaviour in class

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — A substitute teacher out of Burnaby has had his teaching license suspended for two days after he spent time drawing his students instead of teaching.

According to the BC Teacher Regulation Branch consent resolutions agreement, there were four instances last year where instead of overseeing his students, he offered to make portraits of them instead.

“For most of the class, [he] was sitting at his desk watching news on the computer, and he offered to sketch students’ portraits if their work was completed,” reads the agreement.

One of the times, a school principal walked into the class to see him drawing portraits and he was asked not to. The principal again found him drawing students instead of teaching a little more than a month later at the same school.

Another time, he opted to draw portraits when there were lesson plans left for him to complete.

In some cases, he would ignore students while drawing, and he failed to notice when a couple of students ducked out of class early.

On a different occasion, he took a number of personal phone calls during class and left his class 20 minutes early.

He had also failed to leave notes for the classroom teacher, which were supposed to include the fact some students had left without permission.

It’s not the first time he has been in trouble by the Branch. Last year, he was also reprimanded for dragging and shoving unruly students out of his classroom.

He had to attend BCTF boundaries workshop and could only teach in secondary schools after that.