Ontario’s Math Homework Help Program – A teacher’s perspective

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By Annu Bhatia

Teaching for me begins where students connect with the subject they are learning. It includes those ah-ha! moments when the students “talk Math”, really !
I’m not talking about the utopia of students using “x” to find the unknown in their daily life but I can’t avoid that excited feeling on hearing a student being able to use “grew to a maximum” correctly in a sentence.
There is a unique program, Homework Help, funded by the Ontario government and administered by TVO’s Independent Learning Centre that has emerged as a place for learning among an online community of learners in Ontario.
Homework Help provides free, live one-on-one tutoring from Ontario teachers Sunday to Thursday from 5:30pm – 9:30pm ET. It is a free online math help resource for students in Grades 7-10.
At Homework Help, teacher-tutors work along with students to demystify mathematical concepts. There is a live component consisting of active sessions with students, asking their questions to teacher-tutors. During off chat hours, tutors can confer in the background on best practices, while students can access resources 24/7 from the main web link at www.homeworhelp.ilc.org.
What has really made all of this possible? Sheer hard work put in by the staff at Television Ontario for programming and the front line workers which include Ontario Certified teachers and their students!  The program has tremendously grown to have a large base of teachers working with students and is still an underused service.

Annu is University of Toronto Mississauga graduate in Biology and a University of Toronto graduate in Education. She completed her practicum teaching assignments in Mathematics and Biology in the Peel region. She has been tutoring with Homework Help, she has already reached out to hundreds of students in different parts of Ontario struggling with Mathematics from her home in Mississauga.