Happy Holidays, Happy Christmas,
May your holidays be filled with love, laughter and adventures as you recuperate and prepare for another teaching term. See you in 2011!
"It ain't a nice road but you don't expect someone to nick your snowman."and this one:
The force said the woman, from Chatham, thought the incident required their involvement because she used pound coins for eyes and teaspoons for arms.What has England come to?
|Gearing up for the Classroom Canada 5km jogging tour of Central London|
|This is not a blog carnival, but it is a carnival.|
|Classroom Canada teachers from the 2008 Scavenger Hunt|
|Some of the 2009 Scavenger Hunt Winners|
|Bryn showing us how to be Canadian, eh?|
|Mike at the 2010 Scavenger Hunt|
|Grant showing off his prize, while still wet from the rainy 2010 Scavenger Hunt|
Hi Victoria,I've taken out her name as she hasn't told her boss that she's leaving to teach in London, England so I figured she didn't want them to find out here.
Hope things are well. I am doing good, slowly preparing. I got my visa and will submit all the documents for the bank account this week. I also have to tell my current boss about my decision very soon.
I found these videos, I am not sure if you ever saw them. But I wanted to share them with you. You can put them on your blog! I think teachers would be interested to hear these.
The first video is a presentation by Dan Meyer (a math teacher) - "Math class needs a makeover"
The second is a presentation by Ken Robinson on how in his opinion schools kill creativity.
P.S.Congratulations on the honorable mention (from Writer's Digest) for your book! It's awesome, easy to read and to the point, I found a lot of answers to my questions in it. Thanks for writing it!
Best wishes and I will be in touch soon again,
One of my most enjoyable tasks as editor of Writer’s Digest is passing along good news to writers.
This is one of those fun occasions. It is my pleasure to tell you that your book, Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians in the Reference Books category, has been chosen to receive an Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest 18th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards. Your book will be promoted in the March/April 2011 issue of Writer’s Digest. In addition, you will receive a Notable Award Certificate and $50 worth of Writer’s Digest Books. Your award package will be sent out towards the end of the year.Score! Thanks Writers Digest. You made my day!
Last week, I received her last blog post on my reader, which basically said "Goodbye blog world" - Snuffy would be writing no longer. I've been blogging for about 6 years now so I'm well used to the "death of a blogger" syndrome. It's always a sad day when a blogger I've been reading for years decides to call it quits.
I teach in a state school in inner-city London. I'm black. I want to change the world - one kid - one school - one policy at a time. Nowadays, I'm one of the ones at the top of the school who runs things. Let's see if I can make a difference...
Krystal: I was teaching grade 12 French today here in Winnipeg for a class I sub for pretty regularly and one of the boys said "Crikey Ms. K!! You're jumping the pond?? You know they don't speak French there right??" I just laughed..."uh Brad, you know I speak English too, right??"
Ilona: teaching Nursery today and having little little ones mesmerized by singing Wheels on the Bus and doing actions-they're really little here, younger than JK back home. So cute.
Bryn: I work in Nursery too, Ilona. They're lovely, aren't they?? I work 1:1 (well actually 2:1) with a child with severe Autism in the afternoons, and he fell asleep as soon as we went into the sensory room (right when he arrived), and kept on sleeping...ALL afternoon. So adorable.
Lots of things went well today. I have really good people around me.
Taylor: So many things today it was glorious!! - children talking in my accent - a child with tactile defensivness and anxiety climb up then slide down - another held on tight while riding on the back platform of the bike I was on ! A very anxiouis child go on the spinner on his own!! And then..saw a beautiful sunset while leaving school...
Erika: I went to a fitness class at the gym for the first time and I didn't throw up. Hurray.
Rebecca: Having the incredible honour and priviledge to coach a very dedicated and talented group of grade 6/7 girls volleyball. God I love my job.What about you? What's Gone Well Today for you, dear reader? Please share below.
I've been teaching since January 2010.What do you teach?
I teach Year 4 (ages 8-9) at a junior school in North London. With the exception of P.E., Geography, History, Spanish and Music, I teach all the subjects.
I stumbled across Classroom Canada on Facebook and truthfully, it was Victoria's blog that initially got my attention. It was very informative and I liked that she had prior experience teaching in London. Victoria was very personable and extremely helpful and she responded to my concerns really quickly.
Using Interactive Whiteboards for most of my lessons (I never used one before) and dealing with behaviour management.Describe a typical London day in 3-4 sentences.
During the weekdays, I get up at 6:00 and leave my flat just after 7:00. I arrive at school between 7:45 - 8:00 and school starts at 8:50. I prefer to arrive pretty early in the morning and get my work done so I can leave soon after the children are dismissed. Since I'm usually knackered by the end of the day, I unwind by watching television or reading a good book. I reserve the weekends for day trips throughout England and sightseeing in the city.What is the one piece of advice you can offer a Canadian teacher considering the move to London?
Describe the funniest thing that's happened to you in your year so far:
Also, like anything new, it will take time to adjust to the curriculum, the children and how to do assessments. You'll have good and bad days, but who doesn't?
During my first week of teaching, the students asked me where to put their homework folders. I pointed to the large plastic container that you'd typically find at a dollar store back in Canada and said, "Put them in the bin." To that, the children replied, "What?! You want us to put our homework in the bin?!" I quickly learned not to make that mistake again.Describe the worst thing:
The worst thing was the feeling that I've lost control of my class (in my case, due to excessive chattiness!) despite all my best efforts and tried, tested and true behaviour management techniques that worked brilliantly back in my Canadian classroom. You'll have good and bad days but consistency is key.What made you stay with Classroom Canada, rather than any other agency?
Patience, understanding, a sense of humour and a love for exploring the beautiful places around me.