Frequently asked questions

FAQ

What is the cost of learning pods?


Learning Pods are divided into 3-hour blocks*. This price is the total cost per block and will be divided between families.

  • Half day / 3-hours: $250 (groups of 2-5 families)
    • Group of 5 kids = $50 per day or $250 per week
    • Group of 4 kids = $62.5 per day or $312.5 per week
    • Group of 3 kids = $83.33 per day or $416.67 per week
    • Group of 2 kids = $125 per day or $625 per week
  • Full day / 6-hours: $500 (groups of 2-5 families)
Minimum 15 hours per week of in-home Learning Pod = $1250 per 15-hour week or $2500 Each family must secure their place with a $500 deposit per child, which will be put towards your first month of learning. *Individualized options are available - just ask! We are can accomodate most schedules.




What's included in the cost?


  • One teacher contractually obligated to only teach in person for your Learning Pod bubble
  • Specially curated online resources
  • Unique projects tailored to Ontario Curriculum
  • Play-based, active learning
  • Ministry-supported curriculum
  • Educational technology support with an instructional designer
  • Reading recommendations from an on-staff, school librarian




Why are you more expensive than other places?


We understand the price is sightly higher than other companies offering Learning Pods and we know money is an issue for everyone, especially right now. However, we believe teachers deserve a fair pay and we guarantee our teachers are paid a living wage comparable to, or higher, than what TDSB supply teachers receive.
We also only permit our instructors to work in-person with one family. Prior to placement, we ask in-person instructors to advise us of any employment or other engagements that require close personal contact with others outside their personal bubbles. Only instructors with no other in-person commitments will be selected to lead in-person Learning Pods.




Who are the teachers?


We have OCT, ECE, and professionals with teaching experience to lead learning pods depending on the age, grade, and needs of the learning pods.




How long is your day?


Our Learning Pod day can be booked in 3-hour blocks.




How many kids/families can be involved in a single learning pod?


Each pod can have between 2 to 5 families.




How will the day run/look like?


Our pod teachers will follow Ontario Curriculum Resources and TDSB Remote learning.




What curriculum will teachers be using?


Teachers will use a mix of TDSB materials as well as unique projects tailored to Ontario Curriculum.




Is French Immersion available?


French immersion is available on a limited, first come basis.




I am an OCT or ECE and want to teach a pod! How can I join?


Please send an email with your resume and 3 references to info@bookmarktutors.com.




How do you teach students of multiple ages & grades?


Teaching multi-grade classrooms may seem like an impossible hurdle, but it's just . . . different. Some ways teachers adapt to multi-grade classrooms include:

  1. Focus on abilities over grade level - Even in a single-grade classroom, there are a wide range of abilities and teachers group students of varying strengths together to match and support different needs.
  2. Differentiation - Teachers create structured activites or use centres so all groups are learning at all times even when the teacher is actively engaged with another student or group.
  3. Incorporate Everyday Experience into Learning - Teachers can combine lessons to revolve around a common life experience that can bring students together and create camaraderie. For example, much of the Ontario curriculum revolves around the environment, which can be used as a common theme through all ages and grades.
  4. Flexibility - Mostly, teachers rely on their innate sense of flexiblility. No matter how much you plan, teachers know that it's the students that have the most implact on how lessons run.




Are you considered a homeschool?


No, we are not homeschooling. Students in our learning pods must be enrolled in a local school district's (or other private school's) distance learning program. Our instructors are there to supplement this distance learning and support students with their learning. Our instructors also do not provide formal assessments, evaluations, or reporting and follow the learning schedules laid out by the learner's original school. That being said, if students require supplementary materials, enrichment, or want to further investigate a topic, the instructors will be able to offer unique activities, projects, or other ideas tailored to the student's interest.





 

Filling out this pre-registration form does not guarantee a Learning Pod spot for your child(ren) and does not obligate you to continue a Learning Pod with BookMark Tutors.

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BookMark Tutors, 2020
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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