Friday, December 24, 2010

A special message from us to you this holiday season

Happy Holidays, Happy Christmas,
Happy 2-Whole-Weeks-Off-for-Teachers!



May your holidays be filled with love, laughter and adventures as you recuperate and prepare for another teaching term.  See you in 2011!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Classroom Canada Visits Universities Across Canada to Discuss Teaching Jobs in London, England

 
Happy holidays everyone! 

Our teachers are currently traveling across the ocean to head home for the holidays, or across the channel to the rest of Europe.  Some are stranded in London, waiting for the couple of cms of snow to clear before they can depart for their holiday adventures.  Looks like London needs to start looking to Canada for advice on how to fly despite snowfall.

Anissa & I are enjoying a couple of quiet weeks before we hit the road again to visit universities across Canada.  We'll be meeting with new and experienced teachers to discuss teaching jobs in London, England.  The jobs will start in April/May and September/October 2011.

We'll be updating this list with more universities and locations across Canada and the USA as we go along.  If you want us to come to your university or city please leave a comment & let us know.  Also, this year we're doing things a bit differently and bringing teachers who have returned home after teaching with us in London.  They'll be our ambassadors, telling all the new teachers what it's really like to teach in London with Classroom Canada.  I'm so excited to see these teachers again as I travel the country.  They make my job so much more fun!

I've linked to Coffee Time Interviews with our Teachers who have graduated from the universities below where I can.  It's always a great idea to read about teachers who are working in London and graduated from your university.  Please do click on the links & read about their experiences in teaching and traveling.

Here goes:
January 7th, 2011
St Catharines, ON, Canada
Brock University
Teacher Career Fair, Presentation & Interviews

January 11th 2011
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Queen's University (my alma mater!)
Teacher Career Fair, Presentation & Interviews (likely will do the interviews on January 12th)

January 13th, 2011
Toronto, ON, Canada
York University
Teacher Career Fair, Interviews will be same day

January 14th, 2011
London, ON, Canada
Western University
Teacher Career Fair

January 15th 2011
Peterborough, ON, Canada
Trent University
Teacher Career Fair

January 17th, 2011
Edmonton, Alberta
University of Alberta
Teacher Career Fair

January 19th
Lethbridge, Alberta
Lethbridge University
Teacher Career Fair

January 21st
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Lakehead University
Teacher Career Fair

January 21st
Vancouver, BC, Canada
UBC
Teacher Career Fair

January 25th
Fredericton, New Brunswick
UNB
Teacher Career Fair

January 28th
North Bay, ON
Nipissing
Teacher Career Fair

February 7th, 2011
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
McGill
Teacher Career Fair

February 8th, 2011
Montreal, Quebec Canada
Interviews with teachers who want to teach in London, England

February 9th, 2011
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Concordia
Teacher Career Fair

Do you want us to come to your university or city and don't see it above?  Please let us know by leaving your comment below.  That's how we decide where to go!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

British Christmas from Teachers TV

Teachers TV sent out a great email today with links to their videos specifically focused on Christmas.  They are short, 4-20 minute clips, and deal with issues like:

 "Can Christmas be inclusive?"

"How to create a Christmas newspaper"

"Bollywood Christmas"

I can't upload the videos here as they don't have licensing for Canada, but you can click on the links & see for yourself.  My personal fave from the above list is "Bollywood Christmas" because the kids are just so dang cute.  If you're thinking about teaching in London, or the UK in general, you should check out the videos to see what British schools do around Christmas and the holidays.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

World Education Rankings: Canada, the USA & the UK

Here's an interesting article about how the UK education rankings compare with the rest of the world.  Guess what Canada?  We beat 'em.  And we beat the USA too. 

Don't get overly-excited though.  This is all based on one study comparing maths, reading & science results around the world, and while we should be proud for being third, we also have to question this kind of a study in the first place.  As teachers, we know how dificult it is to judge education on test scores.  Teaching these days is far more than tests.

But take a look anyway and let me know your thoughts on the issue.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

London's in a Deep Freeze & When to Call 999 for an Emergency



No doubt you've already heard the big news out of the UK this week - it's cold across the pond!

They have snow, which means the city of London virtually shuts down, schools close, cars crash and people slip on the ice.  As Canadians and Northern Americans, we think it's kinda funny - most of us are used to a winter with snow, and can't imagine why England is never really prepared for it. 

But now that I live on the West Coast of Canada, I can see why.  On Vancouver Island we had 4 days of snow last week and I hid in my office away from the poor drivers.  You see, I live in Victoria, the land of the "newly wed and nearly dead" so...the drivers aren't the best if you know what I mean.  It's best to hide away and wait for it all to melt.


But get this - the BBC reported today that a woman called 999 (which is 911 for England) to report the theft of her snowman.  No joke.  This really happened.  

My favourite quote from the article:

"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?

What would you say to this woman?

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