Wednesday, May 27, 2009

200 Resources Continued: 10 Books Teachers Should Read Before Moving to the UK

A few weeks ago, I wrote our 200th Blog post and posted 110 great resources for teaching in London, England. I promised to post 200 resources in total, but only got to 110. I haven't forgotten, and will now post 10 more resources a day until we finally have our 200!

Here are the topics I will cover over the next 9 blogging days, in no particular order:
  • Curriculum
  • Movies to Watch
  • Books to Read
  • Blogs About Teaching in London
  • Blogs About Education in General
  • Social Media Networking & Teaching
  • Documentaries to Watch
  • Life in London
Don't forget to read the original post: Our 200th Blog Post: 200 Great Resources for Teachers in London, England

On to today's topic!

10 Books Teachers Should Read Before Moving to the UK

  1. Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians by Victoria Westcott (that's me!) 110 page ebook filled with everything you could possibly want to know about teaching in London, England.
  2. Living in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians by Network Canada My book (#1) is about teaching in London as a Canadian, and this book is about moving to London as a Canadian. Combined, they are the 2 most important books you will read before you depart for teaching in the UK, and specifically for London.
  3. Time Out London I just picked up a cheap copy from Costco and highly recommend it. The Time Out is a weekly magazine that Londoners read to keep their social calendars filled. It's a valuable resource to say the least! The Time Out guide books are very good, geared towards a young & professional crowd and light enough to carry in your purse or bag.
  4. Frommer's London Day by Day This was another good Costco find. Cheap ($7.99), light and with a good pull out map. Well worth the money.
  5. Any book by Lee & Marlene Canter - the Canters write books about Assertive Discipline, a behaviour management approach that is becoming more & more popular in London schools.
  6. Any book by Nick Hornby - Nick Hornby is a London fiction writer and wrote Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy, A Long Way Down, How to be Good, and more. He tends to be enjoyed by men & women alike, and I've lived in one of the neighbourhoods he describes in A Long Way Down. It's great to read novels set in London!
  7. A Small Island by Andrea Levi - What a great read! If you want to know more about Jamaican-Londoners and enjoy novels, this one is the perfect book for you. I loved it, and can't recommend it enough.
  8. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson An easy, light, comical read.
  9. Confessions of a Shopoholic by Sophie Kinsella. It's set in London. It makes the list because everyone needs a good light read every once in a while. Bridget Jones Diary is another good light read based in London of course. Now, before the male teachers think I'm just being silly, keep in mind that Nick Hornby is the male equivalent here. ;-)
  10. The Guardian Book Club - not one book, but many. You can follow along and read one book a month, and listen to the podcasts as well. When you are actually living in London, you can join the bookclub and get invited to meet the authors and participate in discussions. With wine ta'boot! I met Margaret Atwood and Zadie Smith. Very cool! This month they are reading Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels.
But what do you think? Any books that I should have included and forgot? Or do you just want to recommend some great books to our readers? Please share below.

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1 comment:

  1. TimeOut's London for Londoner's is a great book - you should definitely consider adding this to your list.


Thanks for sharing your two pence!


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