I've been in London for 2.5 months.What do you teach?
I was trained as a generalist middle school teacher (usually grades 6-8) but I also have an English Lit degree, so my experience as a substitute has been all across the board. In Canada I taught anything and everything from primary French to grade 12 physics. Here in London I’ve been teaching supply in primary and secondary schools.What is the one piece of advice you can offer a Canadian teacher considering the move to London?
Definitely give it a try. You won’t regret it. London is an incredible place to live.Describe the funniest thing that's happened to you in your year so far:
Almost every day I get asked if I know Justin Bieber. Usually I get a kick out of that. Also, young students ask the funniest questions about Canada. For example: “Have you ever been attacked by a bear?” “Are people in Canada big?” “Do they eat mice in Canada?” The list is endless.Describe the worst thing:
Supply teaching has particular challenges. A few times I have come across classes that cannot be motivated to learn. On these days I spend the majority of time on classroom management. Though it can be discouraging, it’s an opportunity to improve existing management techniques and develop new ones.What made you stay with Classroom Canada, rather than any other agency?
I have had VERY consistent work with Classroom. They are friendly, helpful, and personable.
What qualities do you have that make your teaching in London enjoyable?
My knack for focusing on the positive has really helped me in London. As I said above, it can be a tough job. But you have to focus on the successes and learn from the challenges. Also, I think it helps that I am pretty laid back. The hustle and bustle of London and unpredictable nature of supply could get to someone who is more high-strung. Be ready for adventure, and roll with the punches. You might just have the time of your life!