A London Holiday!

An American English teacher's experiences teaching in London

Two weeks left and I don’t want to be reminded that I’m leaving. A sense of urgency has suddenly set in and I find that I’m scrambling to drink in every minute London has left for me. I’m not joking when I say that I’ve spent almost every moment of the last three weekends writing a paper. Ever since I returned from my travels during Half Term I’ve been in full lesson planning and paper writing mode. My Teaching Defense from this semester was due on Friday. I was formally observed by my Roehampton Tutor teaching a writing workshop lesson to my Year Sevens. They’re very bright students (one is already using a semi-colon correctly) and the lesson went very smoothly. On Wednesday, I’ll be traveling from school directly to Roehampton where I’ll be presenting my teaching research paper. The topic I chose was “Personalized Learning in an All-Boy’s Environment” in which I argue that learning can more easily be personalized for students in single-sex schools versus co-education schools. This is also the same topic of my research paper which is due a week from tomorrow. Luckily, my roommates and I have prepared far in advance for this influx of due dates and sacrificed a number of weekends to complete our work early. Our goal was to finish our papers so our two final weekends in London could be spent having fun rather than stuck within the confines of Room One. Luckily, it seems we have succeed. 

Leah has been always horseback riding in Wales for the weekend, so Leanne and I used yesterday to work on our papers and presentations in hopes that today we could finally have some fun. This morning we visited the SouthBank Christmas Market where we browsed the different stands along the river and splurged on chocolate and sprinkle dipped apples - too delicious. Those apples were a good investment because we took the Tube back to South Ken where we popped into a few local bookstores and continued on to Knightsbridge to visit Harrods. Somehow it’s taken me three months to visit the world’s most famous department store which is only a stone’s throw away from my flat, but it was well worth the wait. Specifically, the Disney Princess room made it well worth the wait. We shamelessly posed with all of the princess statues and ignored the jaw dropping prices.

Today was a nice reminder that London does exist outside of the four walls of our flat and the chorus of our keyboards as we type out thousands of words. Unfortunately, I’m entering my final week of student teaching, and it’s going to be very difficult for me to pull myself away on Friday. I’m going to really miss my kids, my department, and my cooperating teachers. It’s difficult to leave when you become invested in the lives of 90+ kids - even if they do copy their introductory sentence from X-Men. 

  • 3 December 2012
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