The job market across Canada is very competitive. If you want a rewarding career it is best to start planing prior to College/University – using an educational consultant can pay a huge premium down-the-road. Inspiration Learning has professional consultants that have helped hundreds of aspiring student.
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.
Summer tutoring is a great way to get a head start on the next school year. Walking into school on the first day with confidence is priceless and a great start to the road of success! We made a short video about this.
Jump Math is one of Inspiration Learning Center’s newest math programs, aimed at students in grades K-8. After looking at the state of mathematics in Ontario, we at Inspiration decided to introduce this program as our answer to the following frequently asked question:
Why do some students struggle in high school math while others don’t?
Even with the help of the best tutors, there are students who find mathematics in high school incredibly challenging. There are a few reasons for this.
High school math classes tend to move quickly. Many new concepts are introduced at the secondary school level, and are at a much higher complexity than students have encountered before. In a high school math class, teachers often spend most of the time explaining these new concepts, assuming that students have the appropriate prerequisite knowledge from previous math instruction already, and spend very little time going over the core skills.
In this way, math programs in schools typically favour students who already have a strong background in mathematics, with solid fundamentals. That’s why some students excel, because they had started off their high school math learning with all of the prerequisite knowledge. On the other hand, students who are less prepared will find that the usual school math program moves quickly beyond their reach. There are gaps in their core skills and foundational knowledge, so as the school year goes on, they will find it harder and harder to keep up.
Mathematics is like building a house; it happens step by step starting with a strong foundation. Without the core skills and concepts, no matter how fancy the rest of the house is, it will still collapse. This is where Inspiration’s new Jump Math program comes in.
What is Jump Math?
Jump Math is an award-winning math program for grades K-8 developed right here in Ontario. The program was founded on the philosophy that all children can be led to think mathematically, dispelling the myth that some were born with math “talent” while others just don’t have it.
Jump Math does this by using a scaffolding method: new concepts are introduced at a simple level, using small “micro-steps” that gradually and incrementally increase in complexity. This ensures students master each step before moving on to something more complex, thus avoiding gaps in learning. Just like climbing a ladder, each step must be taken one at a time in order to keep advancing upwards. If you miss a step, you may not be able to keep going.
One important key to Jump Math is the use of pictures and mental strategies. When children learn math concepts at an early age, teachers often like to use small manipulable items like dice, paper clips, or building blocks. However, for true understanding to occur, students need to internalize math concepts and comprehend them in an abstract way, rather than relying on manipulatives. Jump Math does this by foregoing the objects; instead the focus is on developing mental strategies with the help of pictures.
Does Jump Math work?
Jump Math was created in 2002 by John Mighton, who based it on a tutoring program he had taught. He found that with this program, children who struggled to keep up at the beginning of the program had, by the end of the program, caught up and even worked faster than the fastest student did at the beginning. This shows that the idea that “some kids are just better at math” was largely a self-fulfilling prophecy, and that with the right program, anyone had the potential to excel at math.
The results are clear. Jump Math has had huge success in Canada and is spreading to the US and around the globe. It has gained many awards and recognition from various groups, including the Government of Ontario and the UK Department for Education and Skills, which included it in a publication called “What Works with Children with Mathematical Difficulties”. The increasing popularity of the Jump Math program in both schools and tutoring centers prove that the program is truly effective.
Inspiration Learning Center is pleased to present the Jump Math program. We aim to not only better aid students in succeeding in math but to cultivate the idea that all kids can do math.
Jump Math will be offered to students in grade K-8 who are looking to strengthen their math foundation. Check your child’s most recent report card. Mathematics is broken down into 5 areas on Ontario elementary and middle school reports: Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra, and Data Management and Probability. Jump Math is perfect for students with B+ or higher in 2 or less of these areas.
Math is an essential part of any academic program, but finding the right program to suit your child can be tricky. That’s why Inspiration Learning Center is introducing Jump Math and Challenge Math — two brand new math programs designed to build math fundamentals and problem-solving skills. Which one is right for your child? Read on and find out!
What is Jump Math?
Based on the Ontario curriculum, Jump Math was created with the philosophy that all kids can be led to think mathematically and succeed in math. Aimed at students with math grades of up to B+, who typically have a weaker foundation in math, Jump Math is all about building up from the fundamentals.
Students in the Jump Math program learn a variety of foundational math concepts, starting from a simple level. The material increases in difficulty in small steps, ensuring the student grasps each step before moving onto the next. This way, we avoid gaps in learning, and the student is well prepared to advance to the next grade. Jump Math has had extensive success in Canada and is now spreading to the United States and around the world. Read more about Jump Math here.
What is Challenge Math?
Based on Singapore’s mathematics curriculum, Challenge Math is perfect for students whose math grade is higher than B+. These students already have a solid math foundation, so they can handle the more complex questions in the Challenge Math program.
The program emphasizes mental math and building critical skills through challenging word problems and real-life applications. Students learn fewer concepts but in far more detail, with the aim of developing a deeper understanding of mathematics. Students who excel at math, have a high interest in the subject, and are thinking of exploring the field when they are older will find Challenge Math an exciting program that pushes them to their full potential. Read more about Challenge Math here.
Which program is best for your child?
Take a look at your child’s most recent report card. On the Ontario report card for elementary and middle school, mathematics is broken down into 5 areas: 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, then they should enrol in Challenge Math. If your child has B+ or higher in 2 areas or less, then they need Jump Math to build their math foundation.
Inspiration Learning Center will be offering both Jump Math and Challenge Math to students in grades K-8 starting on Monday, September 11, 2017. Classes are once a week for 1.5 hours each, with a total of 12 classes per level (two levels per grade). Class sizes will be limited to a maximum of 8 people to ensure that each student will receive individual attention. Tuition fees are $400 per level (12 classes). Enrolment is ongoing, meaning students may join the class even after the classes have begun. They will have the option of doing make up classes for the sessions they missed.
Inspiration Learning Centre Takes Home Silver Honours in the 2018 CFA Awards of Excellence and 2018 Choice Franchisees’ Award at the CFA Awards Gala.
April 24, 2018… At the the 2018 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising Inspiration Learning Centre took home some grand honours competing alongside some of Canada’s biggest franchises. The Canadian Franchise Association was pleased to announce Inspiration Learning Centre as the recipient of the silver prize for the 2018 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising in the Traditional, Brick and Mortar category and was a recipient of the 2018 Choice Franchisees’ Award.
The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising is an award given to franchises that have spent years and invaluable time in building their brand. Each year the award is given to franchise systems that have demonstrated the strongest, most mutually rewarding relationships with their franchisees. The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising recognize excellence in franchise operations. The 2018 Choice Franchisees’ Award is an award given to each organization by their franchisees. Franchises are judged based on their ability to lead, plan, market, train, and support its franchisees. Winning these two awards proves that Inspiration has not only seen superior success over the past decade but it has also developed a thorough and responsive brand that helps all its franchisees grow and see success.
This year was Inspiration’s first year at the gala, after years of hard work the brand has built a successful network of franchisees that deserve to be commemorated as well. With the building of these positive relationships Inspiration was able to take home a big honour at its first ever appearance at the CFA Awards Gala which was held on Ottawa, Ontario from April 23rd, 2018.
To be nominated for the 2018 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising , a CFA-member franchise system must have been franchising for three years or more and must hold 6+ franchisees. In fact, this year, more than 70 CFA-member franchise systems participated in the competition, setting a new record. Inspiration held its ground alongside some of the titans of Canada’s Franchise industry including: Symposium Cafe, Pizza Nova, Pizza Pizza, Wendy’s, Scholar’s Education Centre, and Restoration 1.
Entries were separated into Traditional Franchises (those with brick and mortar locations) and Non-Traditional Franchises (those that are mobile or home based). Within these categories, entrants were grouped based on number of franchisees. Inspiration won silver in its category. With 12 locations already, next year, great things will be planned for Inspiration for be on the look out for a rising brand of success.