Well parents, we have survived the first month back. Making daily lunches, signing reading logs, ensuring homework is completed and meeting our child’s teacher for the first time. Some of us may have already received a few notes or phone calls home about behaviour (*ahem* raises hand).
Our daughter is in grade 1 and our son is in grade 4. While we had a bit of a rocky start with him, it’s been getting better very quickly. He’s maturing and I believe that’s a big part of it. Also, we have been very lucky that he has a teacher who knew him from last year and was willing to work with us from day one to put a plan in place.
What I love about having kids in the Ontario school system is that I am able to feel confident that my children are in good hands. Teachers in Ontario must conduct themselves within a framework of principles as set out by the Ontario College of Teachers, an organization which teachers need to apply to be a part of after completing a teacher education program (otherwise known as teacher’s college).
The teachers standing in front of our children have a strong commitment to the ethical standards of practice as set out by the Ontario College of Teachers. I can feel confident that they are teaching our students with the care, trust and respect they deserve. However should I ever have concerns about a teacher’s conduct, it’s comforting to know that The Ontario College of Teachers welcomes the opportunity to investigate and resolve complaints. While rare (only 90 out of 239,000 members face a public hearing in one year), it’s nice to know that they take these complaints seriously.
Like many in the Ontario school system, our son’s teacher goes above and beyond in my eyes, taking extra time to make sure I’m in the loop about what’s going on in the classroom, working on his behaviour and how we can work together to help him grow. I love that the Ontario College of Teachers highlights great teaching. I love reading about inspiring teachers from across the province who are going above and beyond inside and outside of the classroom.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
The Ontario College of Teachers is setting the standard for great teaching and as a parent, it is my job to stay connected and join in the conversation. The best way to do this is to subscribe to their email newsletter, rightfully named The Standard, which aims to help parents:
- Discover College services that help you learn more about teacher qualifications.
- Read about how the College works to ensure high standards in education.
- Be the first to see College reports on trends in education.
- Learn about changes in education legislation.
You can subscribe to The Standard in both English and French at the following links:
The 2014/2015 school year is in full swing and I am looking forward to watching my kids grow. I can feel confident that they are receiving the best education by teachers who truly care. Being subscribed to the Ontario College of Teachers newsletter ensures I will always be in the loop with the latest information that affects their education and that makes me feel great as a parent.