Monday, July 26, 2010

School's out for summer: Where's Classroom Canada?

Schools in London, England closed their doors last Friday and now our teachers and teaching assistants have 6 full weeks to enjoy traveling around Europe, visiting families "back home" in Canada and the USA, and all 'round relaxing & sleeping in.  No marking! No planning! No more school for six full weeks.  Lucky us!

So far, I've enjoyed traveling to Seattle to interview teachers, visiting with a teacher-friend from Vienna in Alaska and now I'm in a cottage near Buchette, Quebec.  I am working from here, although I must admit, jumping in the lake takes priority over answering emails these days.  I'm living the Canadian dream, eh?

Next week I'm off to Ottawa, Toronto and finally NYC.  While in Toronto I will be holding a social for our teachers on August 11th which you can see here.  Please RSVP if you wish to join us.  All are welcome to join us!  Our teachers from the past, present & future will come & discuss teaching in London, teaching in the Toronto area, and what it's like to work with us.  It's a great chance to get to know some amazing teachers (and me of course!)

Resources for Teaching in London
Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
Sign up for our newsletters
Canadians & Americans in the UK blog 

PS) I'll be mailing out the prizes for the Classroom Canada 3rd birthday winners after August 18th.  If you won something please send me your address before then so I can get your prize to you.  Thanks!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Classroom Canada's Virtual Party Prize Winners


Thanks to everyone for their birthday wishes yesterday. I'm already looking forward to our fourth birthday party next year.

We've pulled out all your names from our Canada Hats and are excited to announce the winners below. If you see your name, please send me an email (to victoria AT classroomcanada DOT com) with your mailing address (or email address if you won the ebook).  Congrats to all the winners!

$75 off your next flight from Flight Centre (thanks to Laura Buchan for this awesome prize)
  • Cheryl 
Luggage from Flight Centre (agains, thanks to Laura!)

  • Weija
Very Cool Travel Mugs from Lloyds
  • Nancy
  • Cindy
  • Pinchero
  • Lisa
  • Kaari
  • Phoebe C
  • Kristen R
  • Michelle
  • Lorna
  • Maggie L
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians by Victoria Westcott (an ebook - if you see your name please email me your email address not your postal address - thanks)
  • Joan
  • Nelly H
  • "teachinginlondon"
  • Eeky
  • Sarah (in Wien)
  • Patricia
  • Denise
  • Shelly
  • Angy
  • Ian B
Random Canadiana (it could be a hat, a towel, a cookie cutter, stickers, tattoos...I really do mean random!)
  • Ron H
  • Amie
  • Dunja
  • Andree-Ann
  • Linda N
  • Sam MacD
  • Amanda V.W.
  • Angela C
  • Sam
  • Jessica
Resources for Teaching in London
Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
Sign up for our newsletters
Canadians & Americans in the UK blog

Monday, July 19, 2010

It's Our 3rd Birthday! Let's get this party started!

Woohoo! We're three years old today.  I can hardly believe it!  I look back on the last three years and remember all the amazing teachers and teaching assistants  I've worked with & I'm so grateful to them for all their hard work, dedication, loyalty, blogging, humour, "stick-to-it"edness (yes, I made that a word)...I absolutely love my job!

So to celebrate, our fabulous friends at Lloyds & Flight Centre are giving away a few great prizes to readers who post comments here.  Just leave a comment telling us who you are, a bit about yourself, and of course Happy Birthday, and we'll go through the entries tomorrow & draw the winners from a Canada Hat.

The prizes are:
  • Travel Mugs from our friends Tony & Michael of Lloyd's TSB in Vancouver. These are the dedicated banking folks that help our teachers & teaching assistants to open up UK bank accounts while still abroad. 
  • $75 off your next flight from Laura Buchan of Flight Centre here in the Westshore of Vancouver Island.  I book all my flights with Laura & she never fails to amaze me!
  • Carry-on Luggage from Laura of Flight Centre
  • My ebook, Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians If you're still in the research stage and want to know what it's really like to teach in London, this is the book for you.
  • Random Canadiana that I've purchased over the past year in preparation for this day.  And I really do mean random...
So what are you waiting for?  Leave your comments below, keep coming back throughout the day to read other comments & be sure to drop by tomorrow to see if you've won anything. I'll announce the winners here & ask them all to send me their mailing addresses (to my email, not here on the blog please).

Enjoy the part-ay people!  I'll be here all day, replying to your comments, participating in discussions and drinking champagne (not yet, it is only 7am in British Columbia after all). 

Resources for Teaching in London
Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
Sign up for our newsletters
Canadians & Americans in the UK blog

Mark your calendar: July 19th 2010 is our 3rd birthday & we're throwing a HUGE party right here on the blog. Come! Leave a comment! Win a prize!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Pre-Party: Classroom Canada Turns 3 tomorrow!

We turn 3 years old tomorrow, July 19, 2010.  I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it.  I'm about to lose control and I think I like it. 

So, if you've popped by for our birthday party, here's what we'd like you to do:
  • leave a comment telling us who you are, a bit about yourself & wish us a Happy Birthday
  • I'll come online as soon as I wake up & meet you all here, participate in discussions & send my undying gratitude and thanks to our teachers & schools in London, England.
  • I'll do a new blog post with our sponsors (again giving my undying love & gratitude to them for their support - Lloyd's & Flight Centre in particular - Michael, Tony & Laura - you rock my world)
  • The next day, on Tuesday, I'll post the winners of our little party contests (randomly drawn from a Canada Hat of course).  So check back on Tuesday to see if you've won free travel, luggage, travel mugs, my ebook, or random Canadiana...if you don't check back you won't know if you've won!
  • The best part is that you can wear whatever you want and come whenever you want as long as it's July 19th where you are in the world when you come by.
Resources for Teaching in London
Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
Sign up for our newsletters
Canadians & Americans in the UK blog

Mark your calendar: July 19th 2010 is our 3rd birthday & we're throwing a HUGE party right here on the blog. Come! Leave a comment! Win a prize!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Movies for Canadians - Score: The Hockey Musical

You know how much I love Glee right?  Well, let me tell you how much I'm going to love this new movie.

Nah, wait. Just watch the trailer.  You'll see.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Classroom Canada Turns 3: July 19th Virtual Party - Come Win Prizes


My favourite three year old shows us how to party.

We're turning three years old on July 19 2010 and we want you to come by the blog & celebrate with us.  Since we help teachers from across Canada (and now the USA too!), and we have teachers in London, England as well as the whole gosh-darn planet, it's virtually impossible for us to have an in-person party with ya'all.  But we can celebrate virtually through this little blog so please mark your calendar & swing by at any time on July 19th. 

Leave a comment, let us know a bit about you, and you might even win a prize.  It really is that easy.  And ridiculously fun.

So far we have the following prizes to give away:
  • luggage & travel vouchers ($75 off your next flight) from Flight Centre (thanks to Laura Buchan, the best travel agent I've ever badgered to get me amazing last minute flights - this woman never fails),
  • awesome travel mugs from Lloyd's TSB in Vancouver (thanks Michael Gallagher & Tony Morgan, my favourite bankers ever)
  • my ebook, Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians
  • random Canadiana that I've collected over the past year in preparation for this event.  Hats, stickers, balloons, tattoos...and whatever else I can find in that bag in the back of my closet.
Want to throw something else into the prize bag?  Please contact me asap(email victoria at classroomcanada dot com) if you or your company would like to show your support of Classroom Canada and our amazing teachers by throwing in a prize.

See you on July 19th! 

Resources for Teaching in London

Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
Sign up for our newsletters
Canadians & Americans in the UK blog

Mark your calendar: July 19th 2010 is our 3rd birthday & we're throwing a HUGE party right here on the blog. Come! Leave a comment! Win a prize!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day! 10 Differences Between Teaching in Canada & Teaching in England



Sarah Ebner, of the Times Online School Gate Blog, asked me to write a piece about the differences between teaching in Canada and teaching in England and I'm pleased to say that she's published it today for Canada Day.

Please go check it out, leave your comments & pass it along to your friends. 

And of course, have a fabulous Canada Day wherever you are.  Our teachers are in Trafalgar Square celebrating Canada Day with London-style.

Actually, where are you?  What are you doing for this fine Canada Day?  Please share your whereabouts & activities below.
 
Resources for Teaching in London

Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
Sign up for our newsletters
Canadians & Americans in the UK blog

Mark your calendar: July 19th 2010 is our 3rd birthday & we're throwing a HUGE party right here on the blog. Come! Leave a comment! Win a prize!

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