Your nominations poured in from coast to coast, testifying to the energy, skill and overall excellence of our nation’s educators. Here are some of their best tips for raising kids who are eager to learn.
- Do everything you can to support your child’s education at home, and schedule regular homework time. “Children need to feel comfortable asking for help, so create a safe environment for this. Many children thrive on structure—provide a structured time and environment for homework completion.” –Chris Fowler, Guildwood Junior Public School, Scarborough, Ont.
- Raise the bar high. “I would suggest to parents that they set high expectations for their children. With love, support and encouragement, they will be amazed by what their children can achieve.” –Krista Nitschke, Lord Strathcona Public School, Kingston, Ont.
- Keep in touch with the teacher. “Contact your children’s teachers on a regular basis, take part in the school, and pay attention to what your kids are doing and who they are with.” –Ralph Gray, Princess Elizabeth School, St. John, NB.
- Spend time with your kids, and share with them. “Include your kids in your life. Tell them what you are thinking and feeling.” –Michael Peterson, Ahms Tah Ow, Powell River, BC.
- Don’t be afraid to let them fail. “It’s okay to let kids fall every once in awhile. Just be there to watch them get back on that saddle — they will surprise you.” –Harold Coughlan, Princess Elizabeth School, St. John, NB.
- Lead by example. “Be the model of life-long learning that you wish to see in your children.” –Diane Plamondon, College Jean-Sauvé, Winnipeg.