Since November 2019, Ontario families have faced school cancellations due to strike actions resulting from ongoing negotiation between the teachers’ unions and the Ontario government. Amid the disruptions and inconveniences, much is at stake to the future of the Ontario education system. To help gain a better understanding of the rationale behind these drastic actions, we provide in this article the background information of the collective bargaining process and highlight the issues under dispute.
Year 2020 has so far been a hectic year especially for Ontario parents amid an ongoing teacher strike and the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. On March 12, the Ontario government announced the closure of all publicly-funded schools for two weeks following March Break to curb further spread of COVID-19, making it an extra long March Break for students. A day later, several municipalities also announced the closure of recreation centres and libraries. It is a difficult time for parents who now need to adjust their plans, while finding ways to support their children’s learning in a safe environment. Our staff at TeachRequest recognize that online tutoring (which we are now piloting) and online self-learning may bridge the gap for now. For the latter, we wanted to share some of the best online educational resources we know.
After a busy start of the school year, your child is well settled in and have already learned a lot in school. Soon enough mid-term report cards are due, so we at TeachRequest has written a timely blog post about what the progress report card entails, as well as tips on how to make the most out of the information to help your child grow.
Ontario boasts a world-class education system, behind which is the idea that each student is unique and deserves the opportunity to reach their potential and to succeed. The Ministry of Education puts tremendous work to shape the schooling policies to support this premise, which is published as a policy document called Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools. The blog post summarizes the main ideas behind the document, to help parents better understand how they can collaborate with schools to make their child’s learning journey a fulfilling and enjoyable one.
As Canadians, we take pride in having one of the best education systems in the world. Upkeeping world-class education is no simple task - delivering education in a province as diverse as Ontario poses many challenges. From time to time, we see parents stressing about how their kids are struggling in the classroom and schools are not providing adequate support. While there are many factors involved, we should recognize the individuality of students with varying learning aptitude, and “one size fits all” simply does not work in education. This is where customized, one-to-one teaching could fare much better in student development.
Teachers play a significant part in children’s lives and parents entrust them in shaping our children into who they will become. Taking care of your own kids is hectic enough, but have you wondered how teachers manage a classroom full of them while imparting knowledge that has a significant weight on their future? If so, this blog post is for you!
Here we want to shed some light on what motivates teachers to choose their life-long profession and the long journey towards full-time teaching, so that we have a greater appreciation of their dedication and contribution.
On March 15, the Ontario government unveiled the “Education that Works for You” plan which brings several major changes to the Ontario education system. This plan has been met with much criticism across the board, triggering province-wide school walkouts in protest of the resulting budget cuts in April. As the new school year approaches, it is now a good time to revisit what the plan entails, what it really means for students, and what you can do as parents to help your children adapt to the imminent changes.
Welcome to the TeachRequest Blog! We created this blog to share helpful information and commentaries on the happenings in Ontario education with parents, as well as to bring awareness to our tutoring company, TeachRequest. With our first blog post, we want to share the story about our humble origin and our mission towards better education.