I wrote once about how putting my child into junior kindergarten was a nerve-wracking experience. There was so much to worry about with him, not least of which is making sure that he was being taught by great teachers.
It took a lot of soul searching, but I ended up switching his school again this year. We’re starting fresh again… but this time we’re doing French Immersion because neither my husband nor I speak French. I was living in Florida when I was in school, so for some reason I thought it made WAY more sense to say hablo español.
I can only state in my defense that I had not yet realized I have way more than my fair share of Opposite Day going on. I lived in Florida, therefore it makes perfect sense that I ended up in Canada where the other national language is the one I chose not to take.
But that’s neither here nor there—I want my son to have any opportunities available, even if he wants to grow up to be a carpenter. I want to go forward in life assured that I was in no way responsible for holding him back.
To this end, I recently signed up for The Standard, the Ontario College of Teachers’ public newsletter, which has a lot of information on keeping the home and school and education connected—something that I’ve already found is even more challenging when my son is being taught in a language I don’t understand. It includes great stories about college services and teacher qualifications, college reports, changes to legislation involving education, and more information about the College’s role in ensuring high standards in our education systems.
The Ontario College of Teacher isn’t just a professional association regulating the educators in Ontario. Many services are available to us as parents, too.
The College makes their expectations on ethical standards and educational practices available to the public. We can see criteria by which teachers are certified and look up our children’s teachers to see how they’ve grown with professional development. And we know that the College is also there to investigate and resolve complaints against members, ensuring that Ontario’s teachers are great resources to all children.
I also love that the College celebrates examples of exemplary teachers so that parents and other teachers alike can see the standards that the College of Teachers holds in the highest regard. These teachers deserve to be recognized for their work.
First grade has only been in session for five weeks, and already I’m amazed at my six year old son’s newly developing French accent. He was nervous about starting school at a new place all over again where he wouldn’t have many of his old friends, but he quickly found many new ones and friendly teachers to replace the ones he left behind. I feel like I’ve made the right choice to put him where he is. I’m confident he will be taken care of by the teachers there. And perhaps I’ll even pick up a little French myself along the way, because it’s never too late to learn.
Disclaimer: I was compensated by the Ontario College of Teachers for this post, but the story is my own.