September 1997

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A new school year is upon us. As with every new beginning there are new challenges. This year, elementary teachers will have a particular challenge – implementing the new Grades 1 to 8 curriculum. There is no doubt in my mind that as professionals we will cope with the late announcement, immediate implementation and new expectations. We will do it and we will do it well. We always have.

The Ministry of Education and Training’s work to develop the new elementary curriculum in language and mathematics was nearly complete when the College officially took over responsibility for teacher certification and standards of teaching practice in late May.

Teachers’ Career Prospects Are Much Brighter as the New Century Dawns

We’re about to enter the best years in a long time for teachers to begin or advance their careers in Ontario. Ironically, the doom and gloom of recent years about job prospects may be driving many of the province’s best students away from the profession just when prospects are brightest.

First Council Meeting
Focuses on Finance, History

The Governing Council and guests celebrated the founding of the College of Teachers with speeches and congratulations at the College’s first Council meeting May 1 and 2. But Council members quickly turned their attention to business with an in-depth review of College finances.

Let's Talk Science

Our children will be facing a world that is significantly different than the one in which we grew up. We don’t even know the names of the jobs or the nature of the work that will be created in the next 10 years. How do we prepare our young people to thrive in this unknown environment? It’s not an easy question to answer, nor is it clear there is a single answer or a single direction in which to move.

Capturing the Art of Teaching

How do you capture the art of teaching?" Margaret Dempsey put the job facing the College’s Standards of Practice and Education Committee in a nutshell during their first meeting in May. Dempsey is principal of Hopewell Avenue Public School in Ottawa and a member of the College’s Governing Council. She answered her own question with a story about a group of children who came across a grass snake hiding in the school playground. The children were fascinated with their discovery. Where did it come from? Where was it going? What did it eat? How old was it? Did it lay eggs? Could they keep it as a pet?

On a hot Friday afternoon in Stratford, Cynthia Dale thinks back 20 years to high school in Etobicoke. This is her day off from performing. On Thursday, she played Guenevere in Camelot and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, performances she will repeat on Saturday. Dale has two teachers she wants to talk about, both from one of her senior years at Michael Powers/St. Joseph. "My English teacher, Mrs. Smart. It was my first Canadian Lit course and it changed everything for me."

Math for an Information Age

Five Grade 1 students are playing a game. They’re delivering letters in a neighbourhood that consists of a line of 40 cardboard rowhouses. The houses all have numbers on their doors, from 1 to 40. The first 10 houses have the same colour doors. The second 10 doors are a different colour. The even-numbered roofs are flat. The odd-numbered roofs are pointed. The kids are finding different ways to get to house 34 from house 15. They’re having fun, and they’re learning math.

The Blue Pages

Letter to John Snobelen, Minister of Education and Training
Committee Responsibilities
New Teachers Qualifications Regulations
Election Review Committee
First Certificate Issued
College Bylaws
1996 Financial Statements

Investigations and Hearings:
Striking a Fine Balance

Investigations and Hearings co-ordinator Patrick O’Neill is very careful when he explains how the Ontario College of Teachers will deal with complaints against teachers – a reflection of how the department intends to do business. O’Neill, a veteran of 28 years on the senior staff of the Ontario, English, Catholic Teachers Association, stresses that success for the department is striking the fine balance that will make both the public and teachers feel confident about the College’s investigation and hearing process.

Ontario College Riding the Wave of the Future for Teachers Around the World

The inaugural meeting of the Council of the Ontario College of Teachers marks the beginning of a new era for the teaching profession in the province. The establishment of the College offers an opportunity for the profession to extend its authority and influence into areas of professional life which in the past have been dominated by others. Teachers in Ontario will now be in a position to take control of their own professional affairs.

Etobicoke Students Get the Mobile Edge

The idea behind a distributed learning environment is nothing new. For centuries, teachers have been urging students to go out and explore the world around them. What is new is the technology making it possible for modern students to take the information they encounter around them and integrate it directly and instantly with the core classroom curriculum.

Thirty Students, One Computer,
Always Busy!

Many teachers find it a challenge to make full use of just one or two computers in the classroom. But experience shows that there are some tried and true ideas that work in the one-computer classroom.

The new elementary curriculum highlights expectations for students in Media Communication Skills. Viewing, reading and listening to "media works to obtain information" are goals set for Grades 1 and 2. By the end of Grade 8, students are expected to evaluate the effectiveness of a particular medium in communicating information.


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