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 www.classroomcanada.com) 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).