Saturday, July 18, 2009

Classroom Canada's Virtual Party - Celebrate 2 Years of Helping Teachers Move to London, England

I just recorded my first ever YouTube video and I'm posting it here for you today in case you swing by our little virtual party before I wake up tomorrow morning.

The contest starts Sunday July 19th, anytime after 1am (BC time) and finishes up at midnight. Please watch the video & tell me what you think. Remember, it's not today - I just did this video now because BC time is different than where most of you are, so you'll probably be here before I get up. See you tomorrow!



14 comments:

  1. Hahaha, I am the first one!

    Literally, as I started to type this, stereotypical London rain just began to pour - I guess I thought it was fitting to mention.

    Happy 2nd Birthday Classroom Canada! Thanks so much for everything this past year and a half - I'm excited to continue working through Classroom for another year!

    Have a fun day Victoria :D

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  2. Haha, you are indeed Erika! And it's 2:30 am here in Victoria! I'm off to sleep for a few hours but will be up shortly to celebrate.

    You're an amazing teacher and I've absolutely loved working with you. Has it really been a year and a half? Crazy! See you in a few short hours :-)
    Victoria

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  3. Happy Birthday Classroom Canada.

    Just to let you know, i'm back in Ontario, working at camp for the summer and looking for a teaching job in September.

    Leah Harrison

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  4. Hi Victoria!!!
    Happy 2nd Birthday Classroom Canada!!! It's a good day to appreciate Classroom and I feel very fortunate coming across Classroom Canada last February and for providing this amazing opportunity for me!! I just found out I'm staying for another school year at the PRU I was teaching at and am extremely happy. Victoria you have been amazing and congratulations! I'm sure there are many more to come!
    Enjoy the day! Happy Birthday!
    -Meghan Cooper

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  5. Happy Birthday Classroom Canada!

    I'm still wrapping up my MA and so, so, so eager to apply for my Tier 1 Visa to teach again. The above posts of success stories of long-term teachers excite me so much!

    As for something new, how about something fun? I haven't enjoyed the summer sun as much as I should, and today I am going with a friend to a large outdoor water park! That's something they don't have in England...it requires sun! Could you imagine spending the day in your bathing suit in London...it could rain!

    Hope all is well Victoria!

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  6. Leah, so great to hear from you! Thanks so much. I hope the camp goes as well this year as it did last.

    Meghan - that's amazing news! Congratulations! You're amazing & totally deserve that job. Well done! Those kids are very fortunate to have you there for another year.

    Ann, Thanks! You must be so ready to just be done that MA and back in London, but yes, you're right - I can't imagine wearing a bathing suit outdoors in London. I went to a surfer-beach my last summer in London and everyone on the beach had these wind tarp things up because they were so cold. It was the funniest thing I've ever seen. I wish I had a photo to show you. What's the point of going to the beach if you can't actually see it past your wind tarp? Lol. Love those Brits and their miserable weather though hey?! Don't fret about getting a long term job. With your experience, education and amazing references you're going to be just fine. :-)

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  7. Happy Birthday Classroom Canada!

    I just finished my B.Ed at OISE and am excited to move to London in September to begin teaching! I am really looking forward to meeting all of the teachers who are already working in London, along with the new recruits! Thanks, Victoria, for giving me this opportunity.

    Shannon Mullen

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  8. Hi everyone!!

    My name is Jennifer Manzoor and I am a recent graduate from Nipissing University. I found Classroom Canada by snopping on someones facebook page - right away it got my attention. That same day I sent in my resume and things were on the move!!! It was terrific :) As of now, I will be arriving in London on August 26th (just waiting for my visa to arrive!) Can't wait to teach and travel!! Now how many people get a chance like this?!?

    This is my first virtual party and I have to say I am impressed!! Good Job Victoria!! You are so helpful and willing to answer all of my questions - thanks so much for that!! I REALLY appreciate it. Happy Birthday to Classroom Canada... You guys are amazing!! So amazing that I have been telling all my teacher friends to come and join you!! Once again Happy Birthday Classroom Canada and many more awesome years to come!

    Jennifer Manzoor

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  9. Shannon - there's quite a few OISE teachers with us in London and they're all really happy doing long term jobs. I'm sure you will love it and will make some amazing new friends to keep for life. Thanks so much for your kind comment!

    Jennifer - thanks for sharing your story about finding us. I didn't know that one! Facebook does share everything eh? Can't wait for you to post your own photos of your travels through London and Europe, maybe even Africa! How would you feel about going to Egypt or Morocco? :-)

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  10. Hello Classroom Canada and Victoria!!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLASSROOM CANADAD!!!!! First of all, I have to mention....I noticed a young lady by the name of Jennifer Manzoor who had written a post...we went to Nipissing together and attended the Faculty of Education!!!! HI JENN!!!! ITS CHARMINE!!!!!:):):):) That is soo cool!!! I am so excited to have came upon this opportunity and am so excited to get things rolling!!!! Its looks like sooo much fun!!!!!!

    Sincerely;
    Charmine Royal:):):)

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  11. I realize that I spelled Canada wrong...sorry, I am just that excited!!!:)

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  12. Hi Charmine,
    It's funny when that happens! It often happens that people apply without knowing that they already know people teaching with us in London.

    In fact, here's a funny chain of Classroom Canada friends for you:
    Christopher was a friend of mine from Queen's and not a teacher. He was also friends with Alex, who went to teacher's college a few years after me.

    Alex applied to teach with us, we got to talking & realized our connection.

    Then, a year later, Alexis, who also went to Queen's with Alex, emailed Alex to ask which agency she was with & if she would recommend us.

    Alexis applied and has been in London ever since.

    Then, another friend from teacher's college tracked Alexis down and visited her in London, after teaching in Cambridgeshire with another agency that she didn't end up liking. I'm interviewing this friend of Alexis' next week.

    Also, another connection from Alex is Alison, who just arrived in London a couple of weeks ago. Alison has been teaching for 8 years in Ontario and was Alex' teaching mentor. Alison got itchy feet, asked Alex how it's going in London, and ta-da!

    Here we are now with all these people, all these random connections and an awesome little group of teachers in London. Word of mouth goes a long long way - just the way I like it.

    Thanks for coming to the party!

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  13. Thank you so much for the invite!!!!:):)

    Cheers!!!

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  14. I am reading your response again and making those connections..that is crazy! Such a small world and I am realizing that everyday. It is so great to know that there are wonderful teachers out there molding the minds of our future generations, and I feel so privileged to be a part of such a fantastic team of indivduals dedicated to student success. It is going to be an amazing career and I can not wait to get started!!!!!

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