Repurposing classroom substitutes as online tutors

By Marianne Lassonde, Special to The Record
Repurposing classroom substitutes as online tutors
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With a short training class on the basics of online teaching in their toolbox, substitute teachers were tossed the baton after last Friday’s announcement.
On Jan. 8, teachers put their lessons on pause to tune in to Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge’s announcement about the government’s plans to resume the academic year. Recalibrating lessons plans, sticking to the essentials and cancelling the ministerial exams had been in the talks for a while. According to Heidi Yetman, president of the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers (QPAT), these suggestions had been sent out by the union last year, so it was a relief when Roberge finally agreed to them.
But the proposed seven-days tutoring left teachers and school boards scratching their heads.

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