Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 10 Posts of 2011

It's been an amazing year for Classroom Canada and we're happy to celebrate with you, dear readers, in sharing our favourite 10 blog posts from 2011.

  1. Coffee Time with Patrick - We love all the Coffee Time interviews that we do with our teachers in London, but since Patrick was the first of 2011 we've chosen his as #1.  I also just like the way he describes his experiences, with honesty & clarity and a bit of advice thrown in.  Thanks Patrick!
  2. Guide to Teaching in London Wins an Award - It feels like this was two years ago and not just in March 2011.  I was very, very proud of this little achievement. 
  3. Communicating with Friends & Family Back Home - Anissa wrote this reflective piece on what it's like to live abroad & how we communicate with our friends & family.  Read the comments & add your own.  It's a good post for discussion.
  4. "This is better than recess!"  - Another great post written by Anissa.  What's the best compliment you've received in one of your lessons?
  5. Update on Teachers TV - 2011 saw the death of Teachers.TV thanks to the loss of funding from the British government and a mad panic to get the videos you wanted before they were removed from the internet for good.  But then we got this awesome update & were able to continue watching our favourites.  Great teaching material for anywhere in the world in there!
  6. Live Binder - Organize your Teaching Materials Online - I love finding cool resources to make our lives easier as teachers, and Anissa's find is another one of those tools.  Check it out & share your resources too.
  7. Coffee Time With Alumna - Kayla - We regularly interview our teachers in London, but Anissa came up with the idea of interviewing teachers after they'd returned from London.  This was the first one in the series, and Kayla was getting ready to teach in Australia.  She visited 27 countries while teaching in London and I can only imagine she's visited all of South East Asia since teaching in Oz.  Fabulous read.
  8. Mobile Phones in the Classroom - To Ban or To Embrace?  This post made me feel very old-school. Share your opinion in the debate - it's a heated one!
  9. Riots in London - Where's the Positive in All This?  - Hard to believe the riots even happened this year.  Here's a different take on the after-affects.
  10. Teaching in London - 11 Tips to Survive Your First Year Abroad - Every once in a while I ask our teachers a question on facebook & they share their best advice & tips for you.  This one generated lots of great tips.
Any others you really enjoyed?  Any bloggers out there you want us to know about too?  Please share your thoughts below.

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