Ontarios teachers are a diverse and
interesting group. We hope your new magazine reflects that. Professionally Speaking is a
key part of the College of Teachers commitment to communicating with our members and
the public. Teachers in Ontario will receive the magazine as a benefit of their membership
in the College.
Your College will
Knowledge and Expertise
You will see your Council working actively with
teachers - respecting their knowledge, honouring their expertise, honouring what they are
- while at the same time setting professional standards and dealing with the ethical
issues that protect the public. To put it simply, were planning from the very
beginning to ask teachers to assess the programs theyre subjected to.
Boom, Bust &
Canadas population is growing older. That has
important implications for the public education system. Statistics Canadas
projections for the next 10 years show a decline in the number of children nine and
younger and only a small increase in those aged 10 to 14. This is the inevitable result of
the aging of the baby boom, the one-third of the Canadian population born between 1947 and
Even when hes sitting still, Joe Atkinson
looks like hes in motion. He radiates enthusiasm for teaching. And as he lays the
groundwork for sweeping changes in the profession, he has a message for educators.
"We havent done a good job of telling the public what we do well. A big part of
our job here at the College is to change that."
The Blue Pages
A miscellany of College news and bulletins. Do not
adjust your monitor, the "blue" exists only in the printed version of
One of Ontarios most respected educators told
the Governing Council theyll get the Ontario College of Teachers launched on the
right track if they focus on the licence to teach. Also, advice from other professional
NetWatch is Professionally Speakings Internet
column where popular and lesser-known web sites are reviewed. As well, the latest
developments on the Colleges own web site - where you are right now - are also
Read book and software reviews by teachers for
teachers. In this edition, HyperStudio, KidPix, and the
book "Rethinking Educational Change with Heart and Mind".
Membership Services answer some frequently asked
Professional development news and calendar of
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