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Saskatchewan Cancels Library Closure Plans

April 28, 2017


In wake of protests, Saskatchewan reconsiders library closings

In an earlier blog post, we brought you a story out of Saskatchewan, where declining use and tighter budgets led to a plan to cut funding for community and school libraries, a decision that would lead to many closures. However, a surprising tide of protest led to the provincial government to reconsider that decision.

 

Resistance to the cuts grew from the community level, particularly in many of Saskatchewan’s small towns, where library resources, and even Internet access, can be limited.

 

Protests included petitions, marches and “read-ins.” In response to the pressure the government has ordered a “review” of the cuts.

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Malala Yousafzai Encourages Canadian Students

April 13, 2017


The famed rights advocate wowed Parliament with an unprecedented address

Nobel laureate and rights advocate for human rights Malala Yousafzai addressed Parliament recently, urging her Canadian supporters to support the education of girls worldwide.

 

"Your motto and your stand, welcome to Canada, is more than a headline or a hashtag," she said. "It is the spirit of humanity that every single one of us would yearn for if our family was in crisis. I pray that you continue to open your homes, your hearts, to the world's most defenceless children and families and I hope your neighbours will follow your example."

 

She also called on young people in Canada to become become active in bettering their society:

 

"I used to think I had to wait to be an adult to lead. But I've learned that even a child's voice can be

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School Library Cuts Highlight Changing Technology

March 31, 2017


Provincial cuts to school libraries highlight a steady decline in library usage

In Saskatchewan, the provincial government has cut funding for school libraries. This may seem a surprising development, since libraries traditionally play a central role in the educational journey through public school. The government notes, however, that library usage has been in steady decline:

 

During Thursday's question period [Education Minister Don] Morgan again defended the multimillion-dollar cuts to libraries in the provincial budget by saying that usage has gone down significantly in the last decade. "Items checked out of the libraries since '07 has dropped by 1.6 million. Number of library cards down by 175,000," Morgan said in question period.

 

These numbers reflect a broader trend across Canada, not only in school libraries but public librarie

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Alternative Activities for March Break

March 2, 2017


There’s more to do in Canada during March Break than you might realize

With March Break coming up, many parents might be trying to come up with ways to occupy the time of their youngsters during their week off. The good news is, there are lots of activities that are both fun and educational! Here are three:

 

1. A local historical site

 

Whether it’s clambering over the St. Roch at the Vancouver Maritime Museum or canoeing with make-believe Jesuits at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Ontario, or discovering the centuries at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada is rich in historic sites from coast to coast to coast. Many of them get missed by locals who take them for granted. It might be worth finding a local site to visit. The might even have guided tours.


2. A local theatre

 

No, we’re not talking about a movie theatr

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How (And Why) To Invest In an RESP

February 16, 2017


investing in an resp can benefit your children when they reach university age

When our children are still little, it can be impossible to imagine them all grown up and headed off to university. That goal, however, is one we all want for our kids. The problem, however, is that paying for it when it happens can be a real challenge. Tuition is on the rise in Canada, student loan debt is becoming a real problem -- and who knows where things will be once today’s elementary students begin firing off their university applications.

 

The good news, however, is that a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) can really help. Now we’re used to thinking of investments in terms of finding extra money to put aside for the future, and it can be very difficult to find the cash necessary to make such investments worthwhile. The great thing about a RESP, however, i

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Surviving the winter weather

January 25, 2017


Winter can make school a big struggle, but with a little effort things don't have to be a struggle

Believe it or not there are people who like winter. In fact, there are people who love winter. But it can be a difficult time to be a student -- long nights and short days, low temperatures, lousy weather and a general air of crabbiness can make it very hard to concentrate on studies.

 

Over at TeachHub.com, they’ve compiled a helpful list of pointers for getting through the time of year that’s so bleak for so many people. Among the tips is to concentrate on the big picture:

 

It has often been said, “It’s not what you’re working on, it’s what you’re working toward.” Remind students of the big picture of what they’re working toward. Make the goals of the class big, visible, colorful, and something that’s actually worth

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Use TED-Ed to Tutor your Students

January 12, 2017


How to use TED-Ed in your tutoring

What is TED-Ed?

TED-Ed was created to inspire the next generation.  Through a series of educational videos on a wide variety of subjects, it has been designed specifically for high school aged children. From science to “What’s so great about the great lakes?”, TED-Ed Covers a wide variety of categories and are constantly expanding their selection.

What they Offer

The videos are short but have depth and the kids are encouraged to think about and discuss what they observe. TED-Ed’s platform enables you to easily create your own lesson plans personalized for each of your students that they can access at any time.
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Generation Z Students, Are You Preparing Them for Their Future?

January 3, 2017


Are you preparing your Generation Z students for the future? The vast majority of Generation Z teachers believe they are preparing children for jobs that now do not exist.

Are you preparing your Generation Z students for success? It may be harder than you think. 

What is Generation Z? 

According to Gen HQ, Generation Z includes anyone born between 1996-present

What is the Challenge? 

As published in Education World in an article called Gen Z Educators Believe they are Prepping Students for Jobs that Don't Exist Yet, many educators believe that they don't even know what they are preparing their students for! 

According to the survey, the overwhelming majority of educators (94 percent) believe students will graduate to take on jobs that don’t yet exist; 75 percent said they need better tools to best prepare students for this future unpredictable workforce.

If we do not know what we are preparing these children fo

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How to Write a Tutoring Business Plan

November 17, 2016


Struggling with your Tutoring Business Plan? Check out our blog for more ideas on how to launch and market your tutoring business.



There are three core components of any tutoring business plan: a description of what types of services you will offer, a summary of your target market and how you plan to reach these individuals via advertising, and a quick analysis of your financial break-even point. Below, we’ll work through each of these elements, point-by-point, so that you’ll be ready to create a listing on www.tutortindex.ca.

 

#1: A Description of What Makes You Unique for your Tutoring Business Plan

 

This first element of your tutoring business plan may sound obvious, but it’s always surprising how many people overlook what needs to be included here - a short summary of what makes you unique from all the other tutors in your field of specialty. Here, you might include elements fro

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Steps to Become a Tutor

September 1, 2016


Read our guide to learn the steps the become a tutor. When you are ready create your free listing at Tutor Index and get your first client!

Become a tutor

If you are someone who loves to teach, you may be interested in becoming a tutor. The tutoring industry has been growing tremendously in the last few years, especially private tutoring services. If you are looking for full time work or just extra income, becoming a tutor may be the right choice for you.
 
There are many reasons for the increase in demand for tutors. The most important one is the fact that colleges and universities are becoming more and more competitive. Students need high grades and excellent scores on entrance exams to get into the university of their choice.
 
If you want to become a tutor, here are 4 steps that will get you closer to your goal:

Step #1: Graduate from High School:

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