Friday, January 29, 2010

This is How We Do It: Canadians Teaching in London Social This Weekend

The video above has nothing to do with this blog post, except that it's just-oh-so-Canadian and I love it.

What do I love the most about my job, recruiting Canadian & American teachers to work in London, England?  

Their social lives.  

The teaching job part is great, but I know from first-hand experience the importance of a social community of teachers when living abroad. Without that community, the teaching job eats up all the energy and enthusiasm for life that teachers have.

Classroom Canada, and now Classroom America, has a great network of teachers living and working in Central London. They first meet on facebook in our private members group only for teachers & teaching assistants that have been selected to work with us. Some of them take the same flights to London or meet up in coffee shops in their home towns all across Canada. Eventually, they all meet in London in our accommodations, at our Professional Development Sessions and socials.

They become great friends. They have an amazing community & network of travel buddies ("Anyone want to come to Rome with me next weekend?" was seen on facebook this morning). They know that at the end of the day they always have someone to talk to that understands what it's like to be a Canadian or American teacher working in inner city London schools.

This makes me so proud! I love what I do. I love seeing my teachers attend each other's weddings "back home" after they return, visiting each other in various Canadian or American cities. The teaching jobs last a term or a year or two, but the friendships - they last a lifetime.

So what are Canadian teachers in London doing this weekend? They've organized their own social through a facebook group called "Canadians Teaching in the UK: 2009-2010". Many of our teachers attend these events, and many of the teachers are with other agencies in London. I love that they don't wait for their agencies to throw parties, but instead open their arms to all Canadian teachers in London.  

If you're a teacher in London and want to meet some great Canadian teachers or non-teachers this weekend, check out the event. You're bound to meet some of the Classroom Canada teachers & teaching assistants there. They're the ones that walk to the pub because they live in our accommodations downtown. Lucky ducks.

Resources You Might Like:
Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians
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Canadians & Americans in the UK

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Teachers TV: Why Teachers Should Watch More Television

Do you know about Teachers TV yet? 

Teachers TV  is a UK website and tv station that shows short documentaries about teaching in the UK, meant to help teachers & teaching assistants improve their skills. You can literally find thousands of great videos to help you with your behaviour management, literacy & numeracy teaching, all curriculum areas, planning, assessment, differentiation, special educational needs teaching, early years, primary & secondary teaching, administration, personal well being...the list goes on and on.

Any teacher interested in teaching in London, or anywhere in the UK, should be on this site on a regular basis.  I advise my teachers about to depart for London to take 15-30 minutes of every day to watch just one video. 

Write down everything it makes you think and ask questions of our other teachers in London or in Canada and about to depart.  Start discussions.  Have popcorn & movie nights with other teachers and watch the videos.  Okay, okay - that might be a bit much, but we all know teachers talk about teaching all the time, so why not use the videos as a way to focus those discussions?

If you have a particular interest in behaviour management (and you should if you have read any of the Coffee Time interviews with our teachers on the right hand side of this blog), then check out the 154 videos available today on Teachers.Tv

Useful Resources (Teaching in London)

Classroom Canada Website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians
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Canadians & Americans in the UK blog

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Carnival of Educators is Up - Read More Blogs About Teaching & Education from Around the World

This week's Carnival of Educators is up at Mr. D's I Want to Teach Forever blog.  I really enjoyed reading "Fish!" by a male kindergarten teacher who writes Look at My Happy Rainbow.  Check out the carnival & read more blogs by educators, home schoolers & teachers from around the world.  I promise that you will find something you enjoy or your money back.  Guaranteed.

Monday, January 25, 2010

It's Robbie Burns Day: Haggis & All Things Scottish with Some Poetry Thrown In For Good Measure

Robbie Burns, the Scottish poet, was born on this day in 1759.  Every year we celebrate his birthday with poetry, whisky and haggis.  In London, almost every pub will host a Robbie Burns Day event, usually with some good ol' Scottish pub grub and someone reading poetry.  Here in Canada, almost every city will have at least one pub holding celebrations.

Above is a Canadian-Scottish Vancouver based punk band, the Real McKenzies playing the same song as the 1st video above.  Wow.  So many ways to play with Robbie Burns' words.

What are you doing to celebrate Robbie Burns birthday?

Useful Resources (Teaching in London)

Classroom Canada Website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians
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Canadians & Americans in the UK blog

Friday, January 22, 2010

What others say about the Canadian Teachers in London with Classroom Canada

I received this email from a friend who works in a payroll company that deals with our teachers in London:
"The reason I'm dropping you this email is to tell you that I'm now working in the Administration department in Key who deal with new contractors joining us. Out of all the agencies that I've been dealing with I would like to tell you that the Canadian teachers coming through Classroom have to be the best organised out of any foreign teachers joining us!!! NO DOUBT!!! This I can only put down to your superb book or you being so well clued up ;o) I don't think I've ever had to call Classroom up and ask for a visa or missing P46 or anything for that matter.
Hat's off to you for making my life at work that little bit easier ;o)"
I love it!  Not only do schools in London love our teachers, but our Scottish friends in Glasgow who deal with paying the teachers also love them. 

I wish I could say that this is all my doing, but really it's not. I don't deal with this aspect of their pay at all, so it's all the teachers doing.  And the administration & accounts teams in the Classroom London office.  What troopers!

Well done everyone. Thanks for making my job that much more enjoyable every day.

Useful Resources:

Classroom Canada Website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians by Yours Truly
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Canadians & Americans in the UK blog

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Inclusion & Teaching in London - Is it Fabulous or a Failure?

In Canada, students with special educational needs are usually included in our schools, with extensive support from Teaching Assistants (also called Educational Assistants) who are highly trained, patient, dedicated and life-savers for the teachers.  Inclusion seems to be working, or so most of our teachers would say, before moving to teach in London, England that is.

Then they get to London.  They teach in classrooms with 22-28 students from 22-28 different countries, with as many as 17 IEP's.  The needs range from EBD (emotional & behavioural difficulties) to SLDs (severe learning disabilities) and of course, there are some gifted & talented.

Today, Sarah Ebner of Times School Gate fame, raises the question of inclusion and whether or not it's working in UK schools.  As a parent and journalist on all issues education related, Sarah knows what it's really like in British schools:
"None of us wants our precious child sitting next to the difficult child at school. But this creates its own problems - what to do with the badly behaved and how not to write them off. Often the good, well behaved child, is put next to the difficult one, in the hope that their positive behaviour will rub off. This may be good for the naughty child, and for the class. I'm not sure it's good for the well behaved child (and I say this as a parent whose child often seems to be put next to the loud, misbehaving boy). It's all rather complicated, but that doesn't mean we should rush to the most popular conclusions (getting rid of the difficult and not caring what happens to them)."
Some of our teachers work in separate SEN schools for students with EBD, but many of our teachers work in mainstream schools where everyone is included.  I taught in mainstream schools myself, and can tell you that students with behavioural difficulties are in almost every class I taught in.  Their behaviours vary (often on a minute by minute basis), but I can tell you that chairs are thrown, children hide under their desks, recycling bins are kicked, shouting & yelling is normal (whether by the student or the teacher at the end of their wits...).

So my question for you is - what should the UK do?  

As Canadian or American teachers working in the UK, I'm sure many of our readers have very strong opinions about this very issue.  Here's your chance to add your voice to the heated discussion.  Should the students with EBD be sent away, perhaps to EBD schools or left at home, or should schools include everyone?

If you could "fix" the UK education system, what would you do?  Or perhaps, you think it's not broken at all?  Please share your thoughts below.

Also, please read Sarah Ebner's article to get more insight into this discussion and debate.

Useful Resources:
Classroom Canada Website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians by Yours Truly
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Carnival of Educators is Up - Read More Blogs About Education from Around the World

I'm pleased to announce that this little blog is featured in today's Carnival of Educators.  Check it out and visit all the other education blogs on there.  If you write a blog that deals with education or teaching, you can submit your favourite post for the next edition.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Great Canadian Moose Racing Championships aka Another Coffee Time Interview with a Canadian Teacher in London, England

Today, I'm excited to have Eric Adams here to share what it's really like to teach in London, England

Name: Eric Adams
University: Brock University
Subjects: Geography, Science
Ages You Teach: Key Stage 3 and 4 (Years 7-11)

1. How long have you been teaching in London?
Since mid-September, about 3 months now.
2. What do you teach?
I started off doing cover work for all subjects for years 7 to 11 and now teach maths full-time to bottom set classes in an all boys comprehensive secondary school just outside of London in Kent. Bottom sets can be very difficult and consist of a huge range of students in terms of academic performance and additional needs.
3. Why did you chose to work with Classroom Canada?
The interview and application process was very personable compared to other agencies that had contacted me. The majority of my first phone chat with Victoria was spent talking about music and sports, which made it much easier for us to relate. She was supportive throughout the process of helping me to prepare to make the journey across the pond and was prompt on answering any questions that I had. More importantly, she was honest. She will give you a down to earth truthful answer to all of those questions that you may have but aren't sure if you should ask.
4. What was the biggest adjustment for you to make in your teaching in London compared to Canada?
You're going to hear it once again. Behaviour management! London kids can be tough and they will challenge you at any opportunity that they can get (especially if you have bottom sets). Every class brings on a brand new set of challenges and it's the ability to adapt to each class that will make you successful.
No two classes will react the same way to any strategy that you use. It's trial and error and getting to know the students. Some classes will go horribly wrong, so go home and try something new the next day.
Also, teaching maths (yes, its pronounced with an 's' on the end over here) and trying to make it interesting for my classes. I've never taught maths before so i'm always looking for new ways to make it relevent to their daily lives. You wouldn't believe how interested they become when they have to calculate the percent increase of xbox games or find me the best deal in town on a t.v.!
5. Describe a typical London day in 3-4 sentences.
I'm up at 6 a.m. and get to enjoy the thought that my flatmates get to sleep for another hour. Out the door by 7, hop on a train and get to school around 8. Teach until 3 and if there are no after school activities, get home at about 4:30. Unwind for a bit while I wait for my mates to finish work and then go to our local to share some stories and have a few refreshments, or do a little bit of exploring around town. Then, head home and relax in my flat wondering why I still don't own a t.v. Weekends are a different story though.
6. What is the one piece of advice you can offer a Canadian teacher considering the move to London?
You just have to dive right in. It's not easy starting off teaching, let alone living in a new country. You'll have some terrible days and you'll have some great ones. You're coming over for the experience. Not only the teaching, but the city itself. Do some travelling, go to the pubs, enjoy concerts and sports events. If you still really don't like it and think that you made a mistake, then home is only a short flight away. Give it a try.
7. Describe the funniest thing that’s happened to you in your year so far:
There's another Canadian teacher at my school who had broken his ankle during a staff basketball game. However, he decided to tell all of the students in the school that it happened when him and I were involved in the Annual Great Canadian Moose Racing Championships.
The story goes that he was in the lead and I cut him off, causing him to fall off and get trampled by my moose. On the bright side, I did allegedly win the race and become the Canadian Mooseracing Champion, but now the students won't leave me alone until I show them pictures and teach them how to ride one!
8. Describe the worst thing:
This was an odd experience, but when the school hired me, I was walking down the hall one day and another teacher stopped me and asked me if I was the new teacher who is taking all of the bottom set classes. I replied yes and introduced myself to her. She then said "Oh lovely! I'm going to speak to the department head and see if you have room to take my year 9's off of my hands, I can't stand them!" So what do you do when you're the new guy in the school? You smile and nod and take everything that gets thrown your way. Boy am I regretting that now!
Or, perhaps a worse experience was when I covered a year 10 PE lesson and took them outside to play football. Everything was going smoothly until two students had a little tif over a handball and one of them decided to pull one of the temporary goal posts (which are very similar to javelins) out of the ground and try to impale the other one! It's a good thing that the student on the receiving end was a faster runner! I caught up to the aggressor in time and was able to get the goal post away from him so thankfully nobody was injured.
9. What made you stay with Classroom Canada, rather than any other agency?
The consultants are very helpful. Any questions that you have about schools or London in general, they are there to answer them for you. They also really care about getting to know who you are. You're not just one of their teachers, you're their friend and colleague with a unique personality and interests. The consultants want to get to know you so that they can find a school for you that suits your needs and where you will feel comfortable to make your experience much more enjoyable.
10. What qualities do you have that make your stay more enjoyable?
I'm very laid back and easy going. You never know what kind of experiences that London is going to bring your way next, especially in the schools here and I just go with them. That's life - a series of experiences, so take the good for what it's worth and learn from the bad. I can also think on my feet. So you're in a new school doing cover for a year 11 music class, have no music experience and the teacher didn't leave any work? No problem! Let's get out some instruments and see if we can put a tune together.
Finally, I have a very good sense of humour. This one is a necessity here. Play up your stereotypes. Sure we all drive dogsleds, live in igloos, have pet beavers, and drink maple syrup. Who doesn't? That will always get some laughs from your students. Tell them a funny story about yourself and watch how every single one of them hang on to every word that you're saying!
Thanks Eric! I think I need to improve my own Moose Racing skills and challenge you to a race sometime soon.  Questions for Eric or Classroom Canada?  Please share your thoughts below. 

Useful Resources:

Classroom Canada Website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians by Yours Truly
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Teachers Tell Teachers & We Give Back to Free the Children

I am so excited to share some big news with you about Classroom Canada

We have the most amazing teachers ever, and these amazing teachers tell their amazing teacher friends how amazing we are. 

It's like one big happy family of teachers from coast to coast who tell their friends to apply to us and skip all the others.  Could we be any happier?  I don't think so!

So, to celebrate the fact that we don't advertise anymore, nor do we visit the university fairs, and we really only get our teachers from word of mouth, we decided to start giving back. 

Here's the letter I sent to all our teachers currently teaching in London, as well as past teachers who have since returned home to Canada:
"I am excited to announce that I will be donating $50 to Free the Children for every teacher you refer to Classroom Canada that ends up teaching with us in London.

With your help, more children around the world will have the opportunity to learn in safe & happy schools.

When your friend arrives in London, be sure to let me know that you were the one to refer them so I can send in the donation. I am so excited to see how much of a difference we can all make!

I am interviewing teachers and teaching assistants for jobs that start in April & May as well as September and October 2010. Please send this to all your friends & colleagues to help spread the word.

They just need to email their CV and cover letter to apply at classroomcanada dot com.

Classroom Canada website
Classroom Canada blog
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians
Kind regards,
Victoria Westcott, Classroom Canada"
So far this week, together we have already accumulated $200 from our teacher's referrals.  I can't wait to see how much of a difference we can make.  Watch this space...

What do you think?  Please share your thoughts below.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Shannon Shares Her FAQS About Teaching & Living in London, England

Today, I'm excited to share with you a special guest blogger, Shannon Mullen, from Bangers'N'Mash blog and one of our teachers with Classroom Canada.  Shannon also did a Coffee Time with us which you can read here.

Here we go: 

When I was at home for Christmas, my friends and family were very interested in learning how I have enjoyed my experiences both teaching and living in London so far. Although there have definitely been difficult moments, both in and out of the classroom I have learned a lot and have definitely benefited from being here. For those of you that I wasn’t able to see during the break, and for the rest of you who are simply interested, I complied a list of answers to the Frequently Asked Questions that I received over the break:

Is living in London expensive?

Yes. Yes. Yes. Have I saved anything? Absolutely not. Will I save anything? Probably not. However, I make enough to be able to travel on my breaks, chip away at my student loan, and live semi-comfortably in London. I came here to learn and explore, so I am not really concerned about saving- just as long as I don’t go into more debt than I started with, I am happy.

Truthfully, I don’t find living in London much more expensive than it was to live in Toronto (where I spent a year while completing my B.Ed. at U of T). The reality is, big cities are expensive, but they also have a lot to offer that smaller cities or towns do not: vibrant multicultural communities, a lively scene of art, culture, and entertainment, an opportunity to participate in anything and everything, and the constant buzz of excitement and struggle- the exhausting rush of so many people trying to “make it in the big city”.

Since there are so many shops, pubs, shows, and things to see and do, it is easy to spend an entire paycheck before you get the next one. However, you can actually live pretty cheaply here if you try: it is all dependent on what you value and how you want to spend your money. If you eat out all of the time, never pack your lunches, buy lots of drinks at the pubs, and go shopping a lot, you will have difficulty even surviving in London. But if you take the time to live a little more frugally, you will be fine. It just takes a while to figure out how.

For example, I had initially been spending a lot more than I needed to on transportation. I had been using a “pay as you go” Oyster Card for the tube and paying regular fare for trains. Even though it is cheaper to use an Oyster Card than it is to pay normal tube fares, it added up. Payment for the London Transportation System is based on how many “zones” (1-9) that you travel through. It is often faster to travel to the suburbs via train, but it is also more expensive. However, what I didn’t initially realize is that you can purchase “Travel Cards” that give you unlimited travel on the London Underground (tube), National Rail (train), and buses between certain zones.

When I was supply teaching, I had difficulty anticipating my travel costs because I never knew where I would be travelling to. Usually, the schools I worked at were in Zones 1-3, but on a few occasions, I also worked at schools in Zones 4 and 5. Since I was normally called in less than an hour before school started, I needed to get to the school as fast as I possible could. This meant taking the train. The costs definitely added up.

Now that I have the transportation system all figured out, have a permanent job at the same school every day, and have developed more of a consistent routine, I use a Zone 1-2 Travel Card which costs £25.80/week, or £99.10/month. In the spring, I might just start riding my bike to work (it is about a 30 min bike ride), which would save me quite a bit of money.

When you were supply teaching, did you get lost trying to find the schools?

I never got lost once on my way to work. Travelling in London is pretty straightforward once you understand how to read the Tube map. Directions and names of stops are all clearly indicated in the stations; all you have to do is make sure that you take the time to stop and read them. My agency was really good about providing me with clear directions from my residence. They would usually text me the specific directions as I was in transit so that I would not waste time figuring out how to get to where I was going. I also always brought a London “A-Z” map with me, so if I was ever unsure of my location, I would just look up surrounding street names to orient myself.

Have you done much travelling?

I have not done as much travelling as I had hoped, but have some exciting trips lined up for the rest of the year: weekend in Belgium, skiing in the Alps, rugby tour to Ireland, travelling through Spain and Portugal, cycling in Italy...and, hopefully, more to be scheduled. For the first part of the year, I was focused more on setting up my life in London than I was in leaving the city. The highlights, however, were definitely my trip to Dublin over the October half-term, and to Paris on my birthday weekend. I have explored England a little bit, as I have been to Bristol (where my good friend, Angela, goes to University), Bath (to see the “Roman Baths”), Salisbury (to see Stonehenge), Brighton, and have cycled through much of Kent.

Are the students badly behaved?

I have been in some classes which have been absolute nightmares, but have also been in some really nice classes. There have been moments where I have done everything in my power not to cry and have been moments when I have really had fun with my job. The worst experience I had was when a student told me to “shut the #$&%# up”, refused to leave the class when I told him to get out, and then hid under a desk and started chucking paper balls at the rest of the students. Although this was a horrible experience for me, I found the time when a girl took a hair straightener out of her purse, plugged it in and started straightening her hair in the middle of gym class much more disappointing.

I find the hard part about managing students here compared to back home, is that you are completely on your own. I haven’t been in any schools that have intercoms or “P.A.” systems. Therefore, if students get into a fist fight in class (which has happened at least 3 times so far), it is hard for me to contact other authorities. All you can really do is send a student to get “someone”, usually their “Head of Year”. It has definitely been hard and frustrating at times, but I am hoping that dealing with such crazy classes now will make future teaching experiences much easier.

What is the weather like there?

The weather in September and October was pretty comparable to how it is in Canada during those months. In November and December, it rained A LOT, but it wasn’t that cold. It felt like late October in Canada. The temperatures in January are normally above zero, but this past week, it snowed! It is rare for London to get any snow, but we got about 10 cm. The city was in a complete panic! It was really interesting to see the chaos that was created over such a small amount of snow, but understandable considering that there are not the systems in place here to effectively deal with snow removal and people are not used to driving and walking in snowy conditions. I literally saw people walking sideways on the sidewalks because they didn’t know how to walk across the ice! Many schools closed, but mine remained open. However, only about half the students were there (even though they all walk to school…those slippery sidewalks!). The snowball fight at lunch was a full-out, school-wide war! Although it was complete craziness in the school yard, it was cute to see the students having so much fun in the snow, and makes me realize how much we take our seasons for granted in Canada.

Do people make fun of your accent?

Yes. They notice my “American” accent right away, and the students particularly, get a kick out of some of the terms and expressions I use (see my British/Canadian dictionary), but I think they actually like learning the differences in our vocabulary.

Can I come and visit?

Of course! Anytime!

Shannon, thanks so much for allowing me to copy & paste this post here.  I think I might use some of these questions in the Coffee Time Series as they really help us understand more about your new life in London as a teacher.

To read more interviews with our teachers, just see the right hand side of this blog under "Interviews with our Teachers"

Useful Resources:
Classroom Canada Website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians by Yours Truly
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Friday, January 8, 2010

Karen Jones Gowen Interviews Victoria Westcott

Karen Jones Gowen is a published author, mother of 10 children (yes, 10!) and fellow blogger extraordinaire.  Today she is featuring an interview with me about how I wrote & published the Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians.

If you'd like to read all about my process from writing to designing to publishing, please visit Karen's blog today.  I feel so honoured to be featured there!

I am also pleased to announce that I have started a referral program with Classroom Canada where I donate $50 to Free the Children for every teacher or teaching assistant referred to us by another one of our teachers or TA's.  Please help us support children and their education around the world by telling all your friends and colleagues about us and the work we do.

If you would like to become one of our outstanding teachers or teaching assistants in London, just apply through our website. Also, be sure to read the Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians. Sign up for our newsletters and help spread the word to your friends and colleagues.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Coffee Time with Classroom Canada - Introducing Linda Nelson, our Teaching Assistant Recruitment Consultant Extraordinaire

Today I am excited to introduce you to Linda Nelson, our amazing Recruitment Consultant for Teaching Assistants with Classroom Canada.  If you are a Teaching Assistant, or would like to become a Teaching Assistant, please email Linda directly at Linda at ClassroomCanada dot com.

Name: Linda Marie Nelson
University: Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia
Subjects: Commerce specializing in Entrepreneurial Management

How long have you been working for Classroom Canada?
3 Months – I met Victoria on a Mediterranean cruise and was thrilled to discover that we both lived in the same city. I knew we would be fast friends the moment I met her. I had just left my Human Resources position at another company and was looking for a new challenge.
Why did you choose to work with Classroom Canada?
Victoria is brilliant and once I learned about Classroom Canada and how the company provides the opportunity for people who are passionate about teaching to have such an amazing experience, I wanted to be a part of that vision. Classroom Canada is a professional company who takes care of their teachers and teacher assistants and I am proud to represent and assist in the growth of this organization.
What is your position with Classroom Canada?
I recruit Teaching Assistants from across Canada to work in London schools. This entails advertising, presenting at college career fairs, interviewing, checking references, verifying past experience, ensuring visas are in place and answering a lot of questions. Candidates must have recent experience working with children, completed their early childhood education certificate or undergrad degree with a goal of becoming a teacher in the future, and ideally have worked with children with disabilities or learning challenges; Extra points for those who have worked or volunteered abroad.
What is the one piece of advice you can offer a Canadian teacher assistant considering the move to London?
Go with a sense of adventure, an open mind, positive attitude and an open heart. The kids need you and you need them. It’s a win/win for everyone and I promise you will look back on this experience and be very thankful you made the decision to join Classroom Canada and experience life as a teaching assistant in London.
What qualities do you have that make you a good recruiter for Classroom Canada?
I embody the qualities that I look for in a candidate. I am passionate about life, love a challenge, love to help others and to facilitate the realization of dreams. Honesty and integrity are of utmost importance to me and I feel Classroom Canada embodies these values; and I am proud to represent such a company. Oh.... and I love to travel and have FUN! London is a hub for inexpensive travel to Europe which is a bonus for those of you who are brave enough to follow your dreams and join us in London!
Thanks so much Linda! 

I am so excited to meet the amazing new Teaching Assistants that Linda recruits with us.  Linda brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to this new role and I just know that the TA's she recruits will enjoy the London experience with our little teaching agency. What an exciting time!

I will be interviewing the TA's that we currently have working in London so that our readers can get a better sense of what they do, and how they enjoy living in London.  So please watch this space.  Also, be sure to spread the word to any TA's you know.  Thanks!

Questions? Comments?  Wanderings? Please share below.

If you would like to become one of our outstanding teachers or teaching assistants in London, just apply through our website. Also, be sure to read the Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians. Sign up for our newsletters and help spread the word to your friends and colleagues.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Jobs for Canadian & American Teachers in London, UK

Happy 2010 everyone! I hope this year proves to be your most exciting, adventurous and prosperous yet.

Here at Classroom Canada, and Classroom America, Linda and I are interviewing teachers & teaching assistants who wish to teach in London, England from April/May and September/October 2010.

If you are a Canadian or American teacher and are interested in teaching abroad, please check these sites first to make sure you are eligible to work in the UK:
Classroom Canada Visas Page
Classroom America Visas Page
*Please note -if the links for the visas don't work, just follow the links as you get redirected. You will find the visas eventually.

We are specifically looking for teachers and teaching assistants to start this April & May 2010 as well as September and October 2010:
  • Primary positions (ages 3-11) - ideal candidates will have experience across the ages.
  • Secondary positions (ages 12-16) - ideal candidates will have at least 2 teachable subjects, and a strong desire to teach a wide range of subjects outside of their teachable subjects.
  • Special Educational Needs Positions - ideal candidates will have a passion for teaching all abilities and backgrounds and an open mind.  Extra courses are not necessary, but will certainly help.
  • Teaching Assistants - work one on one and in small groups with children of varying abilities. Ideal candidates will have an ECE degree, or a BA/BSC with a view to attending teachers college in the near future.  Experience with children is a must.
Positions range from daily supply, to short term contracts (a couple of weeks or more) to long term contracts (one to two years).  The vast majority of our teachers start in daily supply teaching and within a few months find full-time employment in schools they would like to work in.  This is the key to success in inner city London.

Still not sure?  Check out the Coffee Time interviews at the right hand side of this page to see what our teachers have to say about their experiences with us.

If you would like to become one of our outstanding teachers or teaching assistants in London, just apply through our website. Also, be sure to read the Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians. Sign up for our newsletters and help spread the word to your friends and colleagues.


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