Thursday, November 6, 2008

Guy Fawkes, Regent Street Fireworks, Special Needs and Scavenger Hunt

While the world celebrated Obama's election, England celebrated Guy Fawkes Night. I always find it funny that Brits celebrate a foiled terrorist plan to blow up the Parliament in 1605. If this were to happen today, I can't imagine anyone holding celebrations to remember it by.
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In any case, it is good fun. Most of our teachers were "oot and aboot" watching the fireworks, but a small handful of dedicated secondary teachers spent the evening in our London office learning how to survive teaching in UK secondary schools. The workshop went brilliantly and the feedback has been incredibly positive. Success!


Tonight we have a workshop for Special Educational Needs, which is well over-booked. It promises to be an interesting evening as Regent Street turns on its Christmas Lights as soon as it gets dark. Our office is located at Regent & Oxford, right in the middle of the celebrations.

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It's an exciting time!

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We also have the Classroom Canada Scavenger Hunt tomorrow night after school. At least 25 teachers will be participating in the event, and competing to win a £250 travel voucher with Top Deck Tours. The runners-up will win a Hamper from the Canada Shop. Third place will be copies of the ebook, Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians by yours truly.

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Rumour has it that some of the teams have already come up with team names, t-shirts and songs for the Scavenger Hunt. I know "Team Hackney" plans to win! Watch this space for photos from the event.

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