Sunday, December 30, 2012

5 Classroom Canada Goals for 2013

This year I am going to hold myself accountable by actually writing down my goals for 2013. I've already written my personal goals (which involve more world travel for free by house sitting my way around the globe - see this post if you are curious how I do it). Now it's time to state my goals for Classroom Canada for 2013:



  1. Continue to focus on the quality of the teachers over the quantity.  I learned this lesson the painful way. Now I know just how important it is to work with the most amazing, inspiring & motivated teachers as opposed to focusing on sending over as many teachers as I can (which is the approach of many agencies). I remind myself of this focus on quality over quantity at the start of every term & so it's at the top of the list. It's hard to reject good teachers, but we need great teachers not just "good enough."
  2. Find these amazing, inspiring & motivated teachers wherever they are. More than half of our teachers come from word of mouth (which is awesome), but I'd like to reach other teachers that might not ever hear of us. I suspect they're on facebook so I'll put a bit of money into advertising on there. I tend to be someone that prefers to find great teachers through word of mouth but I also recognize that Canada is a large spread-out country so I should reach a bit further to find those bright sparks.
  3. Bring in another blogger to write more quality posts on teaching in London & around the world.  I can't believe I've written almost 600 posts on this blog!  It's time to bring in some fresh blood and some new perspectives on teaching in London.  Education & travel bloggers - this is for you!  Let's discuss and see if we're a good fit.  Ideally, I'd like 3 quality blog posts per week - but again, it's quality over quantity.  And I'd love for this blog to be updated in its appearance as well but have no idea how to go about that.  I've tried and failed miserably in the past, so I'm really hoping the right education/travel blogger joins our team & can do all the formatting too.  This blog is jam packed with quality posts, but how do the readers find the ones they want? I want this to be an information packed, but also easy to use.  Anyone out there?
  4. Offer One Live Workshop Per Month. I absolutely love giving workshops at universities (check out my personal website if you want to see what I do as a public speaker), and I sort of love doing webinars - although I find them too "one-way" for me.  I'll be finding ways to offer workshops online for small groups of 10 teachers so we can interact with each other.  I'm working on the details now, but I'm really excited about it!
  5. Update all the paperwork & keep on track of it. As a teacher, I am one of the worst at doing paperwork. I know it has to be done, but I prefer actual teaching to doing paperwork by far.  It's no different for me as a recruiter for Classroom Canada - I procrastinate at updating the paperwork & much prefer just talking to the teachers on the phone.  But enough is enough! I plan to update all the paperwork for our teachers and make it even easier to go through the steps to move abroad.  This should probably be at the top of the list, but let's face it - this is the one that I am least looking forward to on the list.
That's it for now, but I'm sure I'll come up with more as the year gets going.  I'm really excited for 2013 and hope you are as well.  I'd love to hear your goals for 2013 below in the comments section.  Happy New Years everyone!  

Victoria

PS) I am actively recruiting teachers for April/May 2013. If you're interested in teaching in London and can leave as soon as April or May, please submit your resume & cover letter to apply AT classroomcanada.com. 


Monday, December 17, 2012

Love, Healing, Reflection

 When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” - Mr Rogers. 


For three days, I've tried to write a post about the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut and for three days I've stared at a blank screen with no words.  What can I possibly say that hasn't already been said?  What can I say that will make any of this any better?  There are simply no words.  What happened on Friday will forever haunt us all.


And so, to the teachers & parents & community members that are actively involved in making our world a better place, I cherish you. I send you light, love, healing & as much space as you need right now.  I'm trying to focus on the helpers.  And I'm playing a lot more with my nieces and nephews. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Latest Teaching Jobs in London, England






The applications are starting to pour in for teaching jobs in London, so I thought it would be a good time to highlight a few of the jobs that we are currently trying to fill.  This is just a small sample of the jobs we have for primary, secondary, & SEN teachers as well as teaching assistant positions.  To apply, send your resume/CV and cover letter to applyATclassroomcanada.com.

Food Technology Teacher (SEN), Southwark

Salary: GBP 130 - 150
Job Type: Temporary
Location: London, England
Start Date: immediately
Job Category: Special Needs
Position Type: Food Technology
Application Closing Date: December 18 2012
Minimum required qualification: PGCE/B.Ed

A special needs school in Southwark are currently looking to appoint an experienced and creative Food Technology Teacher.

The school caters for students age 11-19 who have Severe, Profound and Complex Learning Difficulties. Students will have a wide range of needs including severe physical disabilities, fine and gross motor difficulties, severe intellectual and / or sensory impairment, developmental delay and extreme communication difficulties as well as challenging behaviours.

The role is for four days a week (Tuesday-Friday) and will involve teaching Food Technology and a session of personalised learning to post 16 students. You will be required to manage and maintain the food technology room and plan and teach structured lessons whilst recording progress of the students.
The senior management team are looking for an enthusiastic teacher with previous SEN experience and the ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a dedicated team of professionals at a modern school with specialist facilities designed to meet the needs of all students.

To apply, send your resume/CV and cover letter to applyATclassroomcanada.com.

English Teacher, SEBD/ASD School, North West London

Salary: GBP 125 - 150
Job Type: Temporary
Location: London, England
Start Date: immediately.
Job Category: SEN Unit
Position Type: EBD Unit
Application Closing Date: December 14 2012
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Classroom Ltd are currently looking to recruit a qualified English Teacher for a position at a secondary school for students with SEBD and ASD in North West London.

The Head Teacher is looking to appoint a qualified and experienced English specialist with excellent behaviour management skills and previous experience of working with children with SEBD and SEN. Previous leadership experience is also desirable for this role.

You will be expected to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and will be required to liaise and work in partnership with external professionals and agencies to meet the needs of all pupils. You must also work in partnership with parents/carers to encourage their support and provide regular feedback on their child’s progress.
We are looking for a conscientious and versatile teacher who enjoys teaching children with SEN.

To apply, send your resume/CV and cover letter to applyATclassroomcanada.com.

Special Needs Teacher (ASD), Southwark

Salary: GBP 125 - 150
Job Type: Temporary
Location: London, England
Start Date: immediately.
Job Category: SEN Unit
Position Type: Autistic Unit
Application Closing Date: December 13 2012
Minimum required qualification: PGCE/B.Ed

A special needs school in Southwark are looking to recruit an experienced ASD Teacher to start in January 2013.
The school is a small, specialist school for primary children who are on the Autistic Spectrum (ASD) and have social and communication difficulties, significant speech and language difficulties, developmental delay and complex learning needs. There is a strong emphasis on Music Therapy at the school and students are encouraged to develop as independently as possible.

The role will involve teaching a class of five KS2 children who are working below Level 2 of the National Curriculum. The children have a range of needs and some will be non-verbal. The head teacher therefore requires an experienced special needs teacher who has previously taught children with Autism. You will also need to have had TEACCH, PECS and Team Teach training.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dedicated and professional teacher to join a friendly and supportive school.

 To apply, send your resume/CV and cover letter to applyATclassroomcanada.com.

KS2 SEBD Teacher, West London


Salary: GBP 125 - 150
Job Type: Temporary
Location: London, England
Start Date: immediately.
Job Category: SEN Unit
Position Type: EBD Unit
Application Closing Date: December 13 2012
Minimum required qualification: PGCE/B.Ed

A primary pupil referral unit (PRU) in West London is currently looking to recruit a KS2 Teacher to start in January 2013.

As part of the wider Behaviour and Social Inclusion Service, the centre provides education for primary children who have been permanently excluded from school as well as those on dual roll 2 day placements.

The role will involve working with a KS2 class of children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD) and you will be expected to provide effective teaching and learning to raise attainment, remove barriers to learning and prepare them for transition to their long term educational placement.

You will be expected to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and will be required to liaise and work in partnership with external professionals and agencies to meet the additional needs of referred pupils. You must also work in partnership with parents/carers to encourage their support and provide regular feedback on their child’s progress.

The headteacher is looking for a conscientious primary teacher with QTS who has previous experience teaching children with SEBD. You must have the ability to deal with challenging behaviour.
 To apply, send your resume/CV and cover letter to applyATclassroomcanada.com.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TEACHER - Hackney, London

Salary: GBP 120 - 150
Job Type: Temporary
Location: Hackney
Start Date: immediately.
Job Category: Secondary
Position Type: Health and Social Care
Application Closing Date: December 14 2012
Minimum required qualification: B.Ed

A school in Hackney is looking for a qualified teacher to cover the HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE timetable. This is a long term position to at least the end of July 2013.

The school is a rapidly improving mixed comprehensive school. The school has a large and diverse student population and a very vibrant and friendly staff environment. The school prides itself on the professional development of its teachers - ensuring that all staff have support and the resources they need to succeed in the classroom.

The successful candidate will:
-Be a trained TEACHER with QTS and at least 2 years' teaching experience
-Have taught HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE from KS3-KS4
-2+ years' experience at an inner London mixed comprehensive school will be beneficial
-Track record of raising achievement at GCSE and A-Level
-Come highly recommended, with written letters of reference from previous employers 

To apply, send your resume/CV and cover letter to applyATclassroomcanada.com.

Jan start, English Teacher for a successful school in Ealing

Salary: GBP 120 - 150
Job Type: Temporary
Location: Ealing
Start Date: January 1 2013
Job Category: Secondary
Position Type: English
Application Closing Date: December 14 2012
Minimum required qualification:B.Ed

A successful school in East London is looking for a highly qualified ENGLISH TEACHER to cover a timetable including GCSE and A-Level classes from January 2013. This is a long term position to at least the end of July 2013. 

The successful candidate will:
-Be a trained ENGLISH TEACHER with QTS and at least 2 years' teaching experience
-Have successfully completed their NQT year
-Have taught ENGLISH from KS3-KS5, with a strong working knowledge of Edexcel curriculum specification
-2+ years' experience at an inner London mixed comprehensive school will be beneficial
-Track record of raising achievement at GCSE and A-Level
-Come highly recommended, with written letters of reference from previous employers 
This school requires an ENGLISH TEACHER who is enthusiastic and dynamic; they should want to join a team of already high achieving staff and not be afraid to go the extra mile to ensure student success. Applicants should be teamwork oriented and collaborative.
To apply, send your resume/CV and cover letter to applyATclassroomcanada.com.

TA required to support a pupil with Downs Syndrome

Salary: GBP 60 - 65
Job Type: Temporary
Location: London, England
Start Date: immediately
Job Category: CA - Ancillary
Position Type: CA
Application Closing Date: December 21 2012
Minimum required qualification: A-Level

We are actively looking for Teaching Assistants to work at a Primary school in East London supporting a pupil with Downs Syndrome.

We would love to hear from Level 3 Teaching Assistants who have experience supporting children and young people on a one to one and small group basis, with special needs.

We would be particularly interested in hearing from those who have support experience working with EBD, SLD. MLD, and Autism. If you are actively looking for temporary work we can offer positions in a variety of schools.

To apply, send your resume/CV and cover letter to applyATclassroomcanada.com.

Class Teacher (SLD) Lambeth

Salary: GBP 130 - 150
Job Type: Temporary
Location: London, England
Start Date: immediately
Job Category: SEN Unit
Position Type: SLD Unit
Application Closing Date: December 16 2012
Minimum required qualification: B.Ed.

A special needs school in Lambeth are currently looking to recruit a qualified and experienced special needs teacher.
The role will involve teaching a small class of secondary age students with severe learning difficulties and you will be required to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to plan, develop and implement individual curriculum programmes. There will be support from experienced and dedicated teaching assistants within the class.

The school itself provides a fantastic, modern environment for students with a range of special needs including ASD, Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD). There are high quality facilities and resources at the school and this is a great opportunity to join a friendly and supportive team.
To be considered for this role you must be a qualified teacher with previous experience teaching children with special needs. Additional SEN training and specific experience teaching children with SLD is strongly preferred.

Please only apply for this position if you have a recognised teaching qualification, a recent police check and the right to work in the UK (check out www.classroomcanada.com for visa requirements).

To apply, send your resume/CV and cover letter to applyATclassroomcanada.com.
We will start interviewing for jobs that start in April/May 2013 as well as Sept/Oct 2013 in the new year. 

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