Thursday, September 27, 2012

American Thanksgiving in London

I just received an invitation to attend this event in London, and thought I should share it with our American readers in London:

Celebrate American Thanksgiving in London.

This will be our third year celebrating American Thanksgiving in our East London pub. We offer one group seating at 6pm, and the main course is served "family style". The Marksman is cosy and intimate, and it fills up quickly. In previous years we were fully booked by early October.

Book your seat now with a £15 deposit (50% of £30/person)
(0)207 739 7393
The Marksman Pub Annual Thanksgiving Dinner 2012
£30 per person

Chicken Gumbo Soup
Twice Baked Goats Cheese Souffle – red wine poached pears
Maldon Rock Oysters – red wine & shallot vinegar

MAINS (served family style)
Roast Norfolk Turkey & Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Roast Pumpkin
Green Beans & Almonds
Creamed Leeks & Prunes
Butterd Carrots
Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin & Bourbon Pie
Pecan Pie – clotted cream

Tea & Coffee

Book your seat now with a £15 deposit
(0)207 739 7393

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Teaching Gifted & Talented Students with TED

For students looking for that little bit extra, the context around the math they're learning and the visual explanation for why we do the things we do in math, this little video will work wonders.

I love TED videos, and did a TED X talk myself so I'm particularly keen on this new TED-ED idea.  Take a look at the playlist, and if you find something you think will work with your classroom, program it into your smart board lessons.  Great stuff in there!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Seminars for Teachers, Special Educational Needs in London, 2012

It's time to register for the TES Special Educational Needs seminars that take place October 12th and 13th in London, England.

Check out the list of workshops & seminars here & be sure to sign up before they fill up. If you're unaware of TES, check out the site and especially see the forums & resources. There is no better site for teachers interested in knowing more about teaching in the UK.  You can download resources that have been shared by fellow teachers, participate in lively debates on the forums, see the available jobs all over the UK and just generally keep on top of all things education-related.

I can not recommend attending the SEN seminars enough.  These are affordable, and a fantastic way to get yourself more acquainted with SEN in London.  If you're serioues about teaching in the UK, or even just curious about teaching Special Educational Needs, you need to take these 2 days in October to attend.  Have fun with it, meet new people & enjoy the journey!

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Sid Shuffle - Ice Age: Continental Drift

One of our Canadian teachers just shared this video which she used to teach her Year 4 students to dance.  Looks like it would be heaps of fun in primary schools, and maybe even in secondary schools.  I love that they show kids around the world doing the dance.

Know any other dances you can teach students?  Please share below.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

BoredShortsTV - Kid Snippets: Salesman

This is comedic gold.  Teachers, I know you'll love this as much as I do.  Parents, aunties & uncles - anyone with kids in their life will appreciate this.  As a movie producer on the side, I wish I had created this.  It's GOLD, gold I tell ya, GOLD.

Enjoy. :-)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Now Hiring: Primary, Secondary & SEN Teachers for January 2013 in London, England

It's hard to believe that it's already time to start applying for jobs that start next term in London, England.  We have teachers from across Canada arriving in London this month and next, but I have to always think ahead by at least one term and look for teachers for a few months down the road.

I've been doing interviews with some outstanding teachers lately. I'm not sure what's changed, but the quality of the candidates for January is incredible.  The teachers are mostly coming from referrals from our other teachers (I love that!), so they know more of what they're actually applying for which always helps. 

I suspect the Olympics are playing a large role here too.  I know for me, watching the Olympics in London on my tv for a few weeks really got my "I love London!" vibes flowing again.  The worst candidates are always the ones that only want to go to London because "they can't get any work back home" (which trust me, we all understand - but it's not a good enough reason to teach in London - you have to love the city itself, and the students & their diversity & the travel in Europe too).

So - what are we looking for right now in Canadian teachers who want to move to London for January?

We're looking for dynamic teachers who want to teach & travel the world.
  • They have experience with students from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of needs.
  • They know it's going to be challenging, but that makes them excited. 
  • They want to meet new friends from around the world & across Canada. 
  • They can teach primary, secondary and/or special needs students, and ideally a combination of the three.
  • They know what visa they qualify for (if you're not sure, just see and they know how long it takes to get ready to teach in London.  
  • They are reflective, able to take feedback & learn from the bumps in the journey. They take responsibility and don't blame others ("It's his/her fault!" doesn't fly with us or with London schools in general).
If this sounds like you, and you're really excited about the prospect of getting to live & teach in London, England then please do submit your resume & cover letter right away to apply at  We're swamped with applications right now (yay!), but we do look at each and every one that comes in.  Good luck!


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