Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Teaching in London & Time Management

Teachers in London are swamped! Just look at a typical calendar of activities below:
  • travel to every country in Europe in just 2 years
  • see plays in the West End
  • see live music at the Brixton Academy, the Camden Jazz Cafe & Shepherd's Bush Empire
  • play a sport like soccer ("football"), rugby, or cricket
  • hang out with other Canadian, American, Australian, Kiwi and South African Teachers
  • plan trips for half-term breaks
  • go dancing in Soho
  • go to all the free art galleries (Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery, Camden Art Gallery, National Gallery...)
  • go to the British Museum over & over again because you just can't see it all in one or two or three days
  • watch football games in your "local"
  • somehow find time to plan your lessons
  • assess the students progress
  • write notes to parents
  • have staff meetings
  • have planning meetings
  • participate in running an extracurricular activity
  • plan parent-teacher night
  • keep running records on your students
  • do you see where I am going with this?
The point is, it's a whole lot of fun to teach in London, but it's also pretty tough work. If you read the Coffee Time series on the right hand side of this blog you will notice a common theme: behaviour management. So, you will likely spend a lot of time dealing with behaviour that you're just not used to back home. You'll talk about strategies you have tried, you'll ask others for advice and you'll have meetings about what you can do to improve your behaviour management.

But somewhere in all that, you have to teach! So, to help you with your time management Teachers TV has this short 15 minute video you can watch online. This particular video is for first year teachers (called "NQTs") but experienced teachers should watch it as well. The trick to having a great couple of years teaching in London is to have a balanced life.

Go to the gym, read books, watch movies, eat good food, talk about anything but teaching and do all the amazing things you want to do in London. Get into a healthy routine of doing your planning, assessing and preparation on the same days every week and use your free time to explore the London you want to know.

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Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians.

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