Name: Dunja Bejtic
I have been teaching in London for 4 months.
What do you teach?
I teach in a Nursery classroom.
I heard about Classroom Canada from a friend and decided to apply and send my CV. I immediately heard from their recruiter and the ball was rolling. Their recruiters were extremely nice to chat with and ALWAYS there to answer questions or inquiries that I had via email or phone call. This agency also provides applications for accommodation and a bank account making the transition overseas easier.
I had never used a Smart Board before moving to England. Technology scares me most of the time but I have learned that all it takes is familiarity and practise.
Describe a typical London day in 3-4 sentences.
I wake up at 6:30 and I am out of my room by 7:20. I take the tube as well as the overground train and I usually arrive to the school by 8:05. The children come in at 9:00 and leave at 3:30. I leave the school anywhere between 4:30-5:45 depending on the amount of work I have to do. In the evenings I enjoy having tea and dinners with my friends, shopping, watching movies, and reading.
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:
I can't think of anything specific, however, my TA will often laugh or make fun of the way I speak and the children will give me strange looks as I tell them to put their lovely artwork in the bin. After four months I still struggle with that word.
Describe the worst thing:
What made you stay with Classroom Canada, rather than any other agency?
I like to think that I am flexible and that I have a positive attitude along with a great sense of humour. You have to be able to laugh at yourself or you won't get too far.
Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
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