Education

The Ontario College of Teachers: Educate Yourself on Your Child’s Education

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If you’re a parent in Ontario with school-aged children, you’ve probably heard of the Ontario College of Teachers, but are you familiar with what exactly they are and what role they play in your child’s education?

The Ontario College of Teachers is more than an education program to prepare teachers in Ontario; they are an excellent resource for Ontario families when it comes to educating our children.

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I have always had a great appreciation for teachers. I have a few friends who are teachers so I feel I have a pretty good understanding of the life of a teacher. I know that it’s rewarding work but it comes with a lot of responsibility and it can be hard work! I know that our teachers have worked hard to have the privilege to teach in Ontario schools and that they deal with a lot of different things on the job.

I appreciate the fact that it is teachers who spend more time with my daughter during the week than I do. I feel indebted to them for educating and caring for my child when she is not with me. And I have a great deal of trust and respect for what they do.

This trust and respect comes from the personal relationship we have with Little S’ teachers and her school as a whole but it began before that; it is an unspoken confidence that I have in Ontario’s education system.

ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS AND WHAT THEY DO

It is thanks to the Ontario College of Teachers and all that they do that I am able to have this confidence. For example, did you know that you can use the Find a Teacher tool via the Ontario College of Teachers’ website to look up a teacher in Ontario?

Using this tool you can access the College’s public register (a list of all teachers who have been certified to teach in Ontario’s publicly funded schools) to learn the following information as it applies to teachers in Ontario*:

  • The teacher’s qualifications
  • Date of initial certification
  • Status with the College
  • Disciplinary history (if applicable)
  • Restrictions / teaching limitations (if applicable)

You can also use the Ontario College of Teachers website to learn how teachers are certified in Ontario and in turn are eligible (and continue to be eligible through annual licensing) to teach in our schools. This is great information to be aware of because it gives us the knowledge and confidence that we are placing the skilled professionals in our educational facilities.

There is a long list of other tools and resources available through the Ontario College of Teachers, such as Annual Reports, FAQs, College Council election information to name a few; all of which help to build a knowledge base on how education works in our province. Take a moment to visit www.oct.ca to explore in greater detail.

STAY UP TO DATE ON YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION

The Ontario College of Teachers offers a free, electronic newsletter, The Standard. It’s a great idea to sign up to receive these notifications as they are filled with a wealth of information that helps to support you and your family in Ontario’s education system. You will find information such as:

  • College services that help you learn more about teacher qualifications
  • How the College works to ensure high standards in education
  • Reports on trends in education
  • Changes in education legislation

CONNECT WITH ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS

Along with the great information found on the oct.ca website, you can also stay connected via their social media outlets:

Twitter: @OCT_OEEO
Facebook: facebook.com/OntarioTeachers
Youtube (English and French): youtube.com/user/OCTvideoOEEO

The Ontario College of Teachers is an excellent resource for parents and caregivers in Ontario. I am really glad that I took the time to educate myself on my child’s education and I know that you will too!

* Deceased teachers are not searchable

This post was generously sponsored by Ontario College of Teachers but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit www.oct.ca.

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The Effects of Media on Children

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It’s been said that today’s parent faces a unique challenge that the generations of parents before us did not have to face. And that is raising children in a world that is so technology focused. The creators of this technology never actually grew up with it so we’re sailing in uncharted waters so to speak.

Personally I find it totally overwhelming when I hear the conversations around technology and television and our children. There’s good news though and that comes from Dr. Dimitri Christakis, the author of The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television work for your kids.

Dr. Christakis says that not all technology is negative, “There are many very high-quality television programs for children…and many ways we can help make technology work for parents.”

This levels the playing field in my opinion and I’m eager to learn more. How can I find a healthy balance of media usage for my daughter? How many hours of television is okay and what type of shows are going to do more good than harm?

DR. CHRISTAKIS COMES TO LONDON

Fortunately I’ll be able to learn the answers to these questions on October 11 as Montessori House of Children presents The Effects of Media on Children with Dr. Dimitri Christakis.

Dr. Christakis will be in London to educate parents and caregivers on how to reduce, modify and optimize media usage in children ages 0 – 18. He’ll provide constructive and developmentally appropriate alternatives to screen time.

EVENT DETAILS

  • Date: October 11, 2011
  • Time: 7 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Shuttleworth Auditorium, St.Joseph’s Health Centre, London
  • Cost: $20 per ticket
  • Tickets available at Montessori House of Children, Main Office at 711 Waterloo Street or call 519-433-9121 or email reception@montessori.on.ca

What a great opportunity for London parents to learn this important developmental information for our children.

Enjoy!

City Mom

Baby Brains – How Do Babies Really Learn?

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Thanks to 21st century technology we are now able to learn more about the human brain than ever before. This is extremely important knowledge, especially when it comes to the minds of babies.

As a parent with a new child you may have questions like the best way to help your baby learn and grow, or when you should start teaching your baby. Have you ever wondered what happens to a baby’s brain when it is viewing television or videos? These questions and more will be answered at a unique event hosted by Montessori House of Children.

Join other parents and caregivers at the Masonville Public Library for a free, informative and interactive session about babies’ learning and development from the ages of 3 – 18 months.

Details

Babies are welcome to attend this event with you!

BABY BRAINS I – 3-12 months

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

MASONVILLE LIBRARY – NEILL ROOM- 9:30-10:30 a.m.

BABY BRAINS II-  6 –  18 months

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

MASONVILLE LIBRARY – NEILL ROOM- 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Registration

To Register or for more information:

Call 519-433-9121 Or Email info@montessori.on.ca

SPACE IS LIMITED

Note: You do not need to have a child attending a Montessori school to participate.
 
City Mom

The First Day of School

Though the last day of summer is not until September 21st, today marks the day that we make the mental switch from summer to fall.  The forecast indicates that we are still to receive warm, summer-like weather but we have our symbolic sweaters and scarves at the front of our closets for today is the first day of school.  

What is it about the first day of school that has that undeniable feeling?  Whether you are a student, the parent of a student or neither of these, today has a certain meaning to us all.  It’s the smell in the air, the energy flowing about and the influx of activity in the city.  Backpacks, lunch pails and the crisp sound of fall leaves under our feet makes this season the more, if not the most, impactful one.   

The first day of school brings change almost in unison with the cool weather and changing colours we see on the trees.  For our family there is a big change this September as little S makes her way in a new school.  She has now moved on to the next level of her education and is no longer a toddler in the eyes of her school.  Luckily she was able to spend the last couple of weeks in August phasing into her new location and she will continue to see some familiar faces, but change is change, and there is always a transition period to be expected, not only for her, but for us as her parents.   

Nothing feels good about dropping your child off at school and having her cling to you for dear life begging you to stay with her.  We try to avoid pain and upset for our children at all costs yet when September comes we seemingly throw them to the proverbial wolves.  Dramatic?  Yes!  And so I should be.  This day not only marks the beginning of a new school year but also the inevitable fact that time moves so quickly and when it comes to your child growing up, that is always a bitter-sweet truth to realize.   

One thing that will stay the same – location:  she is only moving one block north; still within walking distance from our condo and work, so our routine will hold consistent for the most part.  New friends, new teachers and new experiences are all a welcomed part of life and nothing stays the same forever.  

I suspect that if each of you  dug through your old boxes and memorabilia you would find at least one of those faded pictures of yourself [and your siblings] dressed in your first-day-of-school outfits holding your Holly Hobby or G.I. Joe lunch pail and your brand-spanking new knapsack that is not yet worn in with perfectly square edges.  Missing teeth and pig-tails, clean white shoes and pencil cases filled with freshly sharpened pencil crayons and that look on your face of excitement for what is to come.  Who will your teacher be this year and whom of your friends will be in your class?   

So get your cameras out Moms & Dads and capture this moment as it won’t last forever.  To all the kids experiencing their ‘first day’ today, enjoy!  And to the parents who are having  a bit of a hard time with it, I’m there with you!  

My First Day of School 1983

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