Last year I was “spoiled” in a way when Monkey started school. I was on maternity leave, which meant that I was able to drop him off and pick him up every day from school. I would load Baby Roo into a carrier and off we would go for our twice-daily walk to and from school. This not only meant that I got to spend more time with Monkey, but it also meant that I had the chance to see his teachers and get updates almost daily on what he was doing and how he was behaving while at school.
This year I am back at work. I am out of the house most days before the kids even get out of bed, and after racing home on the train, I pick Monkey up from an after-school program. Like most parents who send their kids to school, there is no consistent personal interaction with the teacher, which can make it hard to feel connected to what is going on with your child. Like many parents, I want to know that my child is in good hands all day. After all, five days a week Monkey spends more time with his two teachers then he does with me.
As a mom, how can I connect and learn more about his teachers when I am not there to see them? The Ontario College of Teachers is the regulatory body that licenses teachers in Ontario. All teachers working in publicly funded schools must be certified and in good standing. The College also works to set high professional and ethical standards, and approve teacher education programs. This includes the post secondary programs people take to become a teacher, as well as professional learning courses teachers take to stay current. Because, like our children, teachers are always learning new things, too. In fact, Ontario teachers take about 40,000 additional qualification courses each year!
I love the “Find a Teacher” search on the College’s website. I can search the public register to learn more about a teacher’s qualifications, where they completed their degree, the date they were certified, and if they’re in good standing with the College. Now I don’t have to wait for meet-the-teacher night to find out a little more about the people who will be teaching my child, and helping to shape his future.
You can also sign up for “The Standard,” the College’s newsletter, to stay up to date with changes to the current curriculum, and get resources for parents. Don’t worry: the College won’t overload your inbox, as the newsletter is released just a few times a year.
I encourage you to take a moment to learn more about the people who spend so much time with our children every day. Visit www.oct.ca to learn more about the Ontario College of Teachers and how they’re setting the standard for great teaching.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are strictly my own.