TVOKids Math Homework Hotline gets Ontario's gradeschoolers ready for EQAO testing, Thursday May 14, live starting at 3:55 pm ET

    -   LIVE interactive event gives primary school students help in math and
        writing tests in real time, on air and online
    -   Featuring math expert Troy Langevine, vice principal of
        Ellesmere-Statton Public School in Scarborough, ON
    -   Also: Web-exclusive videos on the how-tos of test writing at

    TORONTO, April 30 /CNW/ - Math tests are often a source of anxiety for
kids, and writing them can be an intimidating experience. There's the worry of
not knowing how to prepare or what to study, the fear of having to do it
alone, the pressure of the test itself, not understanding the questions, and
the sheer volume of questions. As approximately 130,000 Ontario primary school
kids gear up to write the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)
assessments (May 25 - June 5), and with end-of-year tests on the horizon, TVO
brings kids timely and fun math help with the second edition of the TVOKids
Math Homework Hotline, live on Thursday May 14 starting at 3:55 pm ET.
    Math expert Troy Langevine, vice principal at Ellesmere-Statton Public
School in Scarborough, returns to join TVOKids host Mark Sykes live in studio
during the TVOKids afterschool programming block. From 3:55 to 7 pm ET live
(and streamed live at Langevine and Mark will appear during
hosted breaks between shows (approximately every half hour) to take email and
phone questions from Grade 1 to 3 kids on the various math problems they're
facing, and to provide coaching on the how-tos of writing math tests. Kids can
submit their questions to now, or call 1.888.886.5437 on the day
of the broadcast.
    "As the only live kids' programming block in the country, TVOKids has the
unique advantage of being able to interact with kids in real time," says
Patricia Ellingson, TVO's Creative Head of Children's Media, Content &
Programming. "We're harnessing that ability to provide guidance to all kids in
Grades 1 to 3 for what is often their biggest academic challenge: math. With
help from our expert Troy Langevine, we want to make math fun for kids,
alleviate their anxieties, and just help them better understand this part of
the curriculum."
    "We want to equip all young students writing a math test, as well as the
Grade 3 students who are going to be writing the EQAO assessment this year,
with tips, tricks and useful strategies that they can apply," says Langevine.
"Some of these include taking the time to read the entire question; looking
for clues in the questions; drawing or writing down your thought process; and
circling your answer. The EQAO tests only represent a snapshot of how kids are
progressing with the curriculum at a given time. Through the TVOKids Math
Homework Hotline, we aim to bolster kids' confidence, which is key to their
success both at test time and throughout the school year."
    In addition to the live broadcast segments, Langevine and Mark will star
in six web-exclusive math videos at The videos are themed around
practice test questions using the six most challenging questions from last
year's EQAO tests. Kids will also be able to download practice worksheets from
the site. From 7 to 7:30 pm ET, the TVOKids Math Homework Hotline moves
exclusively to where Langevine and Mark will continue to take
questions from kids.
    The inaugural edition of the TVOKids Math Homework Hotline in February
2009 received an overwhelmingly positive response from kids, attracting over
1100 emails and phone calls.
    "It was inspirational and surprising that so many kids reached out to us,
because it's obvious there's a need and interest in excelling in mathematics,"
says Langevine.
    Adds Ellingson, "We clearly struck a chord, and we were thrilled that
kids were so candid and articulate about the areas in which they needed help.
Kids really want to succeed in school and sometimes they just need a little
more guidance. The entire TVOKids team takes great pride in having the
opportunity to provide this guidance, and we're excited to be doing it again
in this second edition of the Math Homework Hotline."
    Also: as a complement to the TVOKids Math Homework Hotline, Your Voice,
TVO's web series for parents at, will explore the topic of
girls and their attitude toward math in "Why Girls Don't Like Math." The
episode can be viewed at anytime online at starting Friday May
15 and will be broadcast on TVO on Sunday May 17 at 6 pm.

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information,

    Where to find TVO

    Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Bell TV channel 265,
Star Choice channel 353.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Angela Garde, TVO
Communications, (416) 484-2600 ext. 2305,

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