Teacher Appreciation from Maggie

Why are teachers so important to us?

A great article on the website “teach.com” describes a teacher as follows: “Teachers do it all…they extend far beyond the classroom…into the lives of their students, their students’ families and their community.”

It is amazing how teaching has changed drastically over the years. Originally students sat in rows silently listening to the wisdom and information the teacher was presenting. We have gradually progressed from very directed instruction to individualized instruction, guidance and learning. Teachers now help students take charge of their own learning, by integrating strategies and methods that promote individuality, creativity and responsiveness. We are no longer the knowledge givers but have become the facilitators that help learners find their way. 

I think the statement from this website is an excellent portrayal of what a great teacher is.  It certainly takes a very special individual who is willing to give, every day, to assure that the learners they instruct, and assist, can achieve their full potential.  It is far from easy, because every student has their own personality, learning abilities and needs.  When dealing with a classroom full of students, a teacher has to be able to respond to each learner, in many different situations, with different needs, at the flip of a coin.  Great teachers seem to do this with such ease.  

As an administrator I have had the opportunity to work with some exceptional and extraordinary educators. I remember one particular instance when I stood outside a teacher’s room listening and watching, as she taught a Geography lesson to 34 grade 8 students, who of course were full of energy, during the last class of the day, on a Friday.  They of course did not know I was there observing. This teacher walked through the rows discussing the topic with the students, guiding them to following and interact to her questions and instruction.  She gently touched a few on their shoulders, who were having a hard time concentrating, and encouraged those who were having difficulty grasping the content.   It was like watching a fine tuned orchestra playing a beautiful melody.  At the end of the class, the students left bidding their teacher goodbye, perhaps a little exhausted because they worked hard during the class, but happy.  This teacher was able to engage these students during what I am sure was a difficult time of day, with ease. I remember entering her classroom afterwards and she had a smile on her face. When I asked about her class, she said it was a pleasure working with the students. If I remember correctly, this was a group with a number of students with learning and behavioral problems, but watching her, you would never have known.  These students certainly sensed that their teacher truly cared about their learning and their needs. She made the experience engaging and enjoyable for them.

It is so important to acknowledge what educators provide for our children.  They are their mentors, their confidents, their heroes, their idols, their “go to” person when things are not right. Plus, they teach Math, English, French, Science and more. Students spend more time in school interacting with teachers than in their own homes with their families.   Educators affect in one way or another, each child they meet and work with.  They prepare them for what they will experience and encounter in the future, with a loving and caring attitude. What a powerful and significant role to play. 

This week is teacher appreciation week.  It is a time to acknowledge all the wonderful things our teachers do. I know that it is not always easy but when speaking to our teachers at LEARN, all I hear are positive remarks about their students. and the courses and classes they teach.   I see in them what I saw in that classroom teacher so many years ago – a passion and love, for teaching and the students they interact with.  On behalf of LEARN I would like to thank our teachers, and all teachers, and congratulate them for their continual hard work and perseverance.  You make such a difference.     

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Halloween #LQChat! Don’t be afraid!

Ask your LEARN teacher for all of the gory details!
Join us for speedy and spooky Halloween-themed Twitter chat with your LEARN classmates and teachers
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The LEARN Teaching Team is World Class and Out of this World!!!
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Orange Shirt Day 2019

On September 30, #OrangeShirtDay2019 the @LEARNQuebec teaching team recognized the harm done by the residential school system and believes that #EveryChildMatters !

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Welcome LEARN Students!

Feel free to dance along with the 2019-2020 edition of our world-famous Teacher Intro. videos!

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If you LOVE this video, check out other mind-blowing videos from the past few years. Many thanks to the teacher team for their creativity and hard work over the years to put together these videos. Enjoy!

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Online Learning Tools

What online tools are we using in LEARN’s online classes? Here’s our list:

(Please note that all tools are not used in all classes.)

If we introduce any new tools during the school year, we will add them to the list.

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Epic #LQHomecoming Twitter Chat

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An Alphabet Ode of Appreciation – Coordinator’s Message

Here are some of the reasons I am ever grateful to work with the teachers at LEARN.

Each one of you is…

A – Well… this one is easy: Awesome!























X-ceptional (I took some liberties here!)



Thank you for all that you do to make a positive difference in the lives of students across the province!

Kristine Thibeault

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Thank you – Director’s Message

Being an Educator

This is my 36th year in education and my 20th year with online learning.  It has been an exciting life-long experience, first of all because of the many learners that our services have assisted, but also because of the great educators I have had the opportunity to meet and work with. As an administrator I have watched numerous teachers in action, witnessed many successes, and seen first-hand how their efforts have changed the lives of so many children.

During this time of the year we have the opportunity to pay tribute to many great educators. I would like to first start with the people I work with.  In the LEARN Virtual Campus, I work with an incredible group of educationalists who contribute to the success of our online deliverables – teachers, tutors, office managers, administrators, consultants, course designers, developers and technicians. Through the use of some of the most innovative tools and educational best practices, they have developed an online methodology that makes learning come alive. I refer to all of the members of our team as educators. In a community it takes everyone to raise a child. In our Virtual Campus it takes the effort of all team members, to make the learning experience a positive one for our learners. Positive feedback from many a happy learner and satisfied parent, justifies my recognition of how such effort and commitment has made such a difference for the families we serve.

In recognition of all educators, teachers and tutors, of all of the professions, your commitment shapes our society the most.  Not an easy task.  Day in and day out, you take on the charge of innovating, motivating and enlightening, with often not even so much as a thank you.  Yet you continue to smile, encourage and persevere.  Each day you reach out to your students, and not only do you teach, but you console, listen, laugh, support and share.  Your efforts and how you react with your learners may often be the only positive interaction present in their daily lives.  So, if you sometimes think you are not making a difference, please think again.  What you say and do inspires and supports those learners during some of the most crucial periods of their lives, and those learners will always remember your kindness and caring.  This, along with so many other reasons, is why every year we take time to congratulate and thank you.  You educate and raise our children, so that they grow up happy and able to live productive lives.   What an incredible group you are!

Margaret Dupuis

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