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BeTheBoss.ca Interview with Angel Kuang, CEO of Inspiration Learning Center

Great interview with our CEO, Angel Kuang for BeTheBoss.ca

BeTheBoss.ca: Tell us about the Inspiration Learning Concept.

Angel Kuang: Our vision at Inspiration Learning is founded upon a simple premise: every child is unique. This means education is not “one size fits all.” Nor should it be. In shaping education to the individual, it becomes a journey in which students begin to discover themselves and their own unique identities. Our belief is that a child should never have to be one person at home and someone entirely different at school.

At our schools, we implement a unique teaching methodology in combining learning practices from the eastern and western sides of the world. We believe that understanding the “big idea” is just as important as constant reviewing and testing for greatest opportunity of success for each student.

Read the full interview click here.

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Inspiration Learning Center Teams up with Local PR Firm

We had a fantastic brainstorming meeting with Punch Canada/Fishman Canada this morning. Thanks a lot to Lisa Raffaele (VP), Jeff Lake (Managing Partner) and Laura D’Angelo (Account Manager). Part of our plan is to reach out to smaller towns and communities in Ontario and Vancouver to help build up tutoring / private school facilities.

We are really excited to be teaming up with such an awesome PR firm!

Lisa – Angel – Laura (below)!

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3 Tips for Back to School Time

Put away the beach towels and get ready for the back to school frenzy! Now that the summer break is over it is time for students and parents to acclimatize themselves to another year of learning. Here are a few tips for getting started on the right-foot.

  1. Contact  your children’s teachers. Give them a quick call or a friendly email introduction and let them know that you would love to hear from them during the year.
  2. Get your back to school schedule down in writing. Whether it is a choice of school lunches, timetables for classes or options for quick and easy dinner on busy school nights. Having it down on paper can help you stay organized during hectic school nights.
  3. Keep an eye on the important things that make for a good school day. Backpacks should not be too heavy, make sure your child is not carry around everything including the kitchen sink. A backpack that is too heavy can cause strain and pain. Snacks, we all love to indulge sometimes but make sure you have lots of healthy snacks available for your children’s lunch bag. Sleep! Make sure everyone is getting to bed early because nothing spells disaster at school like a tired student.

Good luck on another school year and stay inspired!

Inspiration Learning – Tutoring Franchise

We are so proud to announce our newest franchise location will be in Calgary, AB! Owning an education franchise is a great way to experience the joy of entrepreneurship but still have a tried-and-tested company backing you up. Our goal for 2018/2019 is to add six more franchises, if you are interested please visit our franchise information website.

Back To School Tips For Parents

​With September approaching, it’s time for both parents and children to start preparing for the upcoming school year. Here are our tips for you and your child to start the school year off right!

1. Set goals and expectations. 
You have them as a parent, and your child should have them as a student. A discussion with your child about what’s important to them will help both of you determine how to approach the new school year. It will also help to identify areas of potential problems and work on preventing or mitigating them before they become major issues. Was there a subject your child struggled with last year, and how can you help him or her with it this year? Perhaps the two of you can decide to set up a study routine, weekly homework check-ins, or some tutoring classes.

2. Focus on the long-term.
Getting a good education is about more than just academics. What are your child’s aspirations for him- or herself? Set up a good foundation for a well-rounded educational journey by looking into extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and other opportunities. This will allow your child to explore his or her interests, get involved in the community and help them later on when they are looking into post-secondary programs. Inspiration’s educational planning packages can help you out if you don’t know where to start.

3. Establish a good routine. 
A solid routine with certain tasks done at particular times of the day will help your child stay organized with confidence. Begin each day on the right foot by providing them a nutritious breakfast and ample time to get ready for school. A good evening routine that includes set times for homework will help them stay on top of school work. Children also need the right amount of sleep in order to be alert and ready to learn all day, so an appropriate curfew will ensure they are well-rested.

4. Meet the teachers. 
Establishing a good relationship with your child’s teachers will help you stay informed about your child’s progress. Teachers often have email addresses which can be used to check in with them throughout the school year, and identify issues long before report cards come out. Is English not your first language? No problem! Inspiration offers translation and interpretation services for parents who need a bit of help communicating with teachers. Contact us to find out more.

5. Get a calendar. 
Write down all the important dates, deadlines, and events throughout the school year so that you can be well prepared ahead of time for things like parent-teacher interviews, talent shows, university fairs, application deadlines, and more. Put your calendar somewhere where both you and your child can easily see it everyday. This way, your child will be encouraged to not only stay organized but to manage his or her own responsibilities and develop more independence.

Challenge Math: The Asian Math Methodology
Asian mathematics have a high reputation, with Asian students consistently coming out on top in international surveys of math education. Inspiration Learning Center’s new Challenge Math program for grades K-8 uses Asian math teaching methods to help your child reach math excellence.

Why are Asians so good at math?

Asian teaching methods emphasize conceptual and procedural knowledge, meaning math concepts are taught in a very clear and logical manner. The learning process involves repeated practice of core concepts, so that students build a strong foundation for further learning. Students are taught to see math as logical relationships between numbers, rather than simply memorizing steps and formulas, thus learning it in a more meaningful way. Teachers don’t move on to more difficult topics until the previous one has been mastered.

In addition, there is the Confucian belief in Asian culture that doing well at something is a matter of practice and effort. Ask an Asian parent and they will likely tell you that a child not doing well in math is due to lack of practice, not an inherent lack of ability. This is very different from the Western notion that some kids just aren’t good at math.

Due to this, repetition and practice are a big part of Asian teaching methods. It is thought that repeated exposure and effort in math concepts through things like daily homework and frequent tests, students become more proficient at problem-solving, critical thinking, and develop an overall stronger understanding of numerical relationships.

Challenge Math: Bringing Asian math to the west

Inspiration’s Challenge Math program adopts the Asian teaching method with a  three-step learning process: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. Students first use small objects such as dice or paperclips to model math concepts in a hands-on way, before moving on to using pictorial representations. Finally, students solve math problems in an abstract way using numbers and symbols. This three-step process is highly logical and sequential, with an emphasis on mental math. The goal is for students to develop a deep understanding of the logical and numerical relationships in mathematics. Students understand not just how something works, but why.

Students also learn fewer concepts but in far more depth. The topics are practiced and reviewed with a variety of word problems and real-life applications, which build critical thinking skills and allow students to get in the necessary amount of practice.. This way, students master each concept before going onto the next, and ensures that there is no need for re-learning the skills after advancing to the next grade.

You might recognize this method from Singapore math, which has gained popularity on the international stage. Actually, Singapore math is taught the same way as mathematics in other East Asian countries, but it is better known simply because Singaporeans use the English language. It is due to Singapore math’s distinguished record and English-language content that Inspiration Learning Center chooses to use their materials in our program.

Is Challenge Math right for your child?

Our Challenge Math program is designed for students in grades K-8 who already have a good math foundation, want to challenge themselves, or want to improve their math grades from B’s to A’s. This program is also perfect for students who enjoy doing math and want to explore the subject as a possible field of study in higher education.

Check your child’s report card. The Ontario elementary and middle school report card splits mathematics into 5 categories: Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra, and Data Management and Probability. If your child has B+ or higher in at least 3 of the 5 areas, they are at the right level for Challenge Math.

Enrolment has already begun!

We are now accepting students for the Challenge Math program, beginning in mid-September. Challenge Math is offered for grades K-8, with two 12-week programs at each grade level. Tuition is $400 per 12 weeks, covering 12 classes. Contact your local Inspiration Learning Center or email us at info@inspirationteaching.com for more information.

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