Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Updated: PD Week in London - November 2nd-6th 2009

I'm excited to share with you our Updated List of Workshops and Socials coming up during the week of November 2nd-6th in London, England with Classroom London and Classroom Canada.

Monday, November 2nd 2009: Classroom Canada Run With Richard


Richard Gilbey is one of the founders of Classroom Ltd and an all 'round great guy. He's also an avid runner, and often jokes that he'd love to take our teachers on a tour of London with his favourite jogging routes. I finally took him up on the offer and I'm amazed at the positive response from our teachers! I had no idea we had so many joggers in our bunch, or people who are keen to give it a go anyway.

So we're doing a 5km jogging tour near our office in Oxford Circus. You can sign up here if you'd like to join us - all are welcome!

We'll meet at the London office at 6pm.

Tuesday, November 3rd 2009: Bloggers Bash - Our Blogging Teachers & TA's get together with me and talk blog-shop.

We'll meet at the Porter House in Covent Garden, THE MAPLE LEAF PUB (Sorry, I accidentally wrote down the wrong pub before) at 6pm.  All are welcome to join us, whether you blog or not.  We will be talking blog-shop though, so if that doesn't interest you, don't fret - the Scavenger Hunt on Friday is wicked-fun as well.

For me, this will be the first time that I'll be meeting some of you in person!  Strange, but true.  Most of our blogging teachers and teaching assistants met via this blog, by leaving comments and then adding each other as friends through our facebook group, as well as following each other's blogs.  Now, they all hang out in London!  How cool is that?  So, let's get together and talk blog-shop, all while enjoying a relaxing bevy in my favourite Covent Garden pub.  And they serve Canadian beer. Woohoo!

Please let me know if you plan to attend by emailing me directly. I need to know how large of an area to reserve. Thanks!

I'll be the one in the Queen's hoodie. 

Wednesday November 4th 2009: How to Survive & Succeed With Sophie Walker

6-8pm in our London office.

Sophie Walker returns to deliver another free workshop for our primary & secondary teachers in London. This workshop will help all new-comers understand the ins and outs of supply teaching in London, with a view to securing long term employment as well. Please read Sophie's bio below.
Seats are limited! Sign up by emailing me (victoria at classroomcanada dot com).
Thursday, November 5th 2009: SEN Survival Tips & Tricks with Sophie Walker

6-8pm, in our London office.

Sophie Walker offers another free workshop for teachers that are keen to work in Special Educational Needs in London. Whether you have experience with SEN or not, this is a great workshop to help you understand all you need to know to succeed in our SEN schools in London.

Seats are limited! Sign up by emailing me (victoria at classroomcanada dot com).

Friday, November 6th 2009: Classroom Canada London Scavenger Hunt

You can't miss this incredible event! It's always a huge hit, and this year will be even bigger and better than last.
We will meet at the Maple Leaf in Covent Garden at 6pm.

I'll organize the teachers and teaching assistants into small teams of 4 or 5 people. I'll give them directions and a set of instructions and they have about 2 hours to get as many items checked on the list as possible, all while running around the streets of London of course. 
This year, we have Classroom Canada teachers who completed the event last year, so they will be involved as team leaders, or I will handicap them in some way (Three legged race perhaps? Potato sacks? Something equally silly I'm sure).

We also have prizes from Flight Centre, Topdeck and the Canada Shop which are highly coveted by the winning teams. To sign up for this event, please click here.  I will be posting more about the prizes in a few days. They're awesome!
Sophie Walker's Bio:

We are so pleased that Sophie Walker will be running the workshops again this year.

Sophie Walker came to London for a year nearly ten years ago. She left her native Melbourne where she taught English and Drama at a boys Catholic School, holding the position of Head of the Performing Arts Department for two years.

Sophie left to travel and look for new educational experiences. She started out working in London as a supply teacher, through Classroom, teaching the subjects she was trained in to secondary pupils. Two of her long term placements were a 'fresh start' school in Hammersmith and an about to be 'fresh start' school in Hillingdon.

While doing this she lived on friends floors and for a while moved house once a year!

Sophie has experienced day to day supply and long term positions and has also worked as a Hearing Support Teacher for an inner city Borough. She ran a centre for excluded pupils for two years dealing with a variety of emotional behavioural needs. She also worked for Classroom as a consultant in the SEN Section.

Sophie now works as an Advisory Support Teacher for a London Borough, her focus is supporting pupils who have a diagnosis of Autism and are between the ages of 3 and 7. She has recently started her Masters of Education.

Sophie's wide range of experience means that she is in a great position to pass on a wealth of information about surviving (and enjoying) your first year in London.

To become part of the Classroom Canada team, sign up for our newsletters & apply through our website.Be sure to read the Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians to help you understand everything you need to know about teaching in London.

PS) My apologies for the wonky formatting with today's post - blogger is acting strange today.  Anyone have any advice for this? Thanks!

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