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Stopping and Discussing Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying, unfortunately, is all around

We all know cyberbullying is a terrible crime that affects not only celebrities and adults but UK children every day, especially when most children around the world have an online presence through multiple social media accounts. On Monday, BBC News discussed cyberbullying and what schools can do to teach students about online abuse and its effects.

Effectively stopping cyberbullying in its many forms does not depend on one group; parents, other relatives, police, lawmakers, teachers, and other influencers that are role models for students, as well as other students, should actively try to help.

As one of the adult authority figures in your pupils’ lives, actively discouraging hurtful language and behaviour in and outside of class is just as important as their education. Here are some of our tips to discuss cyberbullying with Secondary School students:

Understand that Social Media is forever.

Even if a student temporarily publishes something mean or threatening on Twitter, ask.fm or Facebook in an angry state of mind and then later calms down and deletes it, it can still be linked back to them.

Cyber bullying is not private

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You can’t take anything back.

Once it is out there, it’s out there and there is little to no chance for wrong interpretation. If a student’s comments on another individual are so hurtful that that person then takes measures to hurt themselves, someone else, or worse in the future, blame will be on them no matter how ‘innocent’ or ‘hilarious’ they thought it was at the time.

If you have nothing nice to say…

Then don’t say anything. This is true for social media; if a student does not like an artist or another student, calling them derogatory names, making threats, or even wishing them ill or dead is not the way to express disappointment, frustration or anger. There is no online font for sarcasm, hyperbole or jokes, and anything vicious will be reported to the authorities.

The internet is made up of real people.

Ask your students, “Would you want anyone commenting to your face about your physical features, interests, dreams, beliefs, friends, and passions in a negative and hurtful way that would make you cry or worse, want to harm someone?

Obviously not. It may be easy to hide behind Twitter handles, anonymous postings and fake Facebook names, but a person is still a person with real feelings.

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Anyone can be a cyber bully.

However, not just anyone can have to courage to stand up to them. While first instinct may be to engage the bully, there are also positive ways to stand up to bullies:

–      Do not let them bother you. Remember, no one has the right to make you feel this way, and your reaction is what they are after.
–      Do not reply to unknown numbers or people.
–      Change privacy settings to block the individual(s).
–      Tell an adult, no matter the situation or threat.

Help is always available.

If you know or feel that one or more of your students may be victims of cyberbullying, make sure each and every student is given a hand-out for websites for advice and information on cyberbullying, such as bullying.co.uk and ChildLine.

While it is not just up to you, the teacher, any action you take in the safe environment of the classroom can help your pupils not only now but in their adult lives.

 

Do you have any of your own tips on dealing with cyber bullies? Tweet @WCTeachers with your ways for discussing cyberbullying with your students, family or friends.

Flat Hunting in London: A Teacher’s Guide

Congratulations! You’ve applied to be a supply teacher in London, procured the appropriate visa and have those flights booked, but now comes the hard part: hunting for a flat in London.

As the capital is the largest city in the UK, London has so many flat and house shares on offer that the flat hunt process can be daunting. World Class Teachers offer this handy guide for those looking for a London flat, especially made for those who come from overseas.

Where to Live in London

London tube map depicting why you should teach in London

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First, a few facts about London geography. London is made up of several boroughs, but most commonly designated into North, South, East and West London. Not one area is ‘better’ than another – each has its own history, unique markets, set of vibrant neighbours and set of schools requiring teachers. While it is nice to live near to where you work, it’s not necessary as London’s extensive transport system can connect you to any point within Greater London.

Let the Flat Hunt Begin

Now, the fun part begins. If you are coming over with a friend or already know someone who is/will be in London, you’re half way there. There are plenty of people looking to fill a room in a house or who need an extra flatmate, and using sites like Arrive Homes are great ways to find them. Property websites such as Rightmove and Zoopla give you a chance to virtually view properties before arriving in London and can give you relatively realistic expectations.

Flat Hunting in London

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Most letting agencies aren’t keen on working with people residing outside the UK, and you should always try to view a property before agreeing to any contract. While viewing flats, use a flat hunting check-list or one similar to the house hunting list advised by NUS to make sure all your bases are covered.

Extras to Keep in Mind

Once you’ve narrowed down your options from the whole of London to a select group of areas, remember to keep a few bits and bobs in mind. While flat hunting it is easy to momentarily forget about extras such as council tax, external bills, letting agency fees and transportation costs.

Flat Hunting in East London

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That cosy flat in Zone 1 may be the one of your dreams, but that other cosy flat in Zone 3 and transportation to schools may end up the same price. Keep a Google Doc or notebook of all the different aspects of each viewed property and add up the total costs as soon as you can.

Watch Out For Hidden Fees

If you do go with a letting agent, they may charge you for extras that they have not mentioned before, such as a fee to hold the property. Some landlords may also want a few months’ rent in advance from overseas flat hunters, especially those without a UK guarantor.

Central London flat hunting

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If you have any questions about renting a house or flat in London or are concerned about the costs of a room or property, just get in touch with us. After all, we here at World Class Teachers already live in London and have a good idea of what is standard.

Tara Takes Teaching to New Heights

Teachers do more than just teach!

We are so happy and proud of one of our very own ‘World Class Teachers’, Tara Kaur. She recently scaled Mount Kilimanjaro for children’s charity ‘Wish Upon a Star’. We received the following email from Tara earlier this week, and wanted to share with you her achievements. Here’s what she wrote:

The group on Mount Kilimanjaro

Just a quick email to let those of you that don’t already know that ‘I DID IT’ The Roof of Africa has been conquered and I successfully reached the summit !!!

It was an amazing experience, different challenges every day. The last day was really hard, even with 6 layers of clothes I was freezing and could not feel the tips of my fingers! My water and food froze solid so could not eat and drink, there was a bitter cold wind blowing us sideways and the air was so thin you could hardly catch your breath. Despite all the challenges we managed to get to the top.

It was probably the hardest thing I have ever done in my life but the feeling you get when you reach the top is exhilarating and the buzz stays with you.

Here are a few pictures of my little adventure:

Tara at Kilimanjaro

I just want to say a Big Big Thank You to all of you that took a little bit of time out from your busy schedules to sponsor me. It was this support that kept me going whilst on the mountain

My sponsorship page is still open and if you have not already sponsored me, please sponsor me.  You can sponsor me on line using the link below:

https://www.justgiving.com/Tara-Kaur69/

Or

you can text a donation up to £10.00, just text ‘tizy99′ and the amount to 70700

If you prefer to donate in cash I have a sponsorship form

Thank you

PS if you fancy trying out Killi, please let me know I am happy to give you plenty of tips!!!’

Teachers and Fundraisers

If you have any other fundraising ideas, either for yourself, or as a member of World Class Teachers, please let us know in the office. We are always happy to evangelise about all your charitable efforts, and want to support our teachers in any way we can!

Why You Should Teach in London

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If you are looking for teaching experience and a fresh challenge, teaching in London is an excellent experience – but don’t just take our word for it. A large number of UK schools and colleges accept freshly qualified teachers – with completed probationary periods –  from around the world, and this is a great way to make new contacts that you can use to develop your teaching career.

Discover a New Culture

Travelling is a great way to gain life experience and learn more about yourself as well as the world in general. Most teachers find that they have plenty of time to explore the vibrant city of London in their time off. London provides great access to the rest of England, which means that people who love to travel and discover new places will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the country and beyond.

Career Benefits

London’s educational establishments are recognised around the world for their excellence, and when you teach in London it is a great way to enhance your teaching CV. After spending time as a teacher in London, you will have the experience and status to teach virtually anywhere in the world.

Lifestyle

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London is as multicultural city as you can find, and you will have the opportunity here to meet people from all over the world. Almost everything imaginable is available in London, from world class museums and art galleries to picturesque parks and excellent shopping opportunities. Evening entertainment options are also many and varied and include live music of all styles as well as drama, dance and poetry in most languages.

Independence

Spending time in another city or country is also great way to become independent. As you will be living away from your family and most of your friends – aside from those that make the journey with you! – you will responsible for most of the decisions that you make, such as how to spend your free time. This new independence will help to make you a better teacher and you will in turn be able to show your students how to be responsible for their actions.

The Challenge

London Challenger: Navigating the Underground

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Spending time in a different city or country can be extremely challenging in our everyday life, from finding your way around, using a different type of currency and even understanding people with different English accents. Overcoming these challenges can be extremely exciting, make you a better, cultured traveller, and help you to face the future and whatever life throws at you with confidence.

Socialising

While spending time in London, you will have the opportunity to meet people from all around the world. Not only will you be able to make new friends while you teach in London, but you can also make connections that could help you to take the next big step in your career as a teacher. World Class Teachers often arrange teacher meet-ups or sporting activities where teachers can get together and have a bit of down time.

Budget

London is a big city and the costs of travel and entertainment can be high. However, one of the great things about being a teacher is that you will be able to take advantage of special staff discounts thanks to IDs from STA. As you get to know London you will discover a number of money saving tips, which can make the cost of exploring and having fun in London a lot less than most other occupations.

These are just a few of the many benefits of teaching in London. Both long and short-term teaching contracts are available, and many people decide to extend their contract at the end of the first year in order to get more out of this unique teaching experience.

Whether you want to move to the UK to become a regular staff member at an exceptional school or want to try your hand at supply teaching in London, it is a large city bursting with opportunities to take advantage of.

Phonics for Key Stage 1

Our Phonics teaching tips for the 2014 Curriculum

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We recently hosted a Phonics session for our teachers at World Class Teacher’s HQ, with the aim of introducing our supply teachers to a teaching method that has seen growing popularity. There have been many changes in teaching phonics for the British curriculum in 2014, so we wanted all our supply teachers to be up to date and feel prepared when they enter a new classroom!

We had some great feedback about the event. Here’s a few snippets of what our teachers had to say:

‘…it was very useful as I’d not done anything like that before. The pronunciation of key letters and sounds was ideal for what I’m doing now at St Marks. The split digraph part was also very helpful. Having a useful explanation for this is brilliant. As for the format and presentation – it was well laid out and the casual nature was perfect for the setting and audience. Handouts and takeaways were also great’ 

 

‘Thank you for organising the training. I really enjoyed it . The information given was very useful and I have already implemented some hints into my work with children. I wish it was longer! I’d be happy to participate in any other trainings organized.’ – Iwona

 

‘Rebecca’s phonics class was informative and engaging. I feel I have a much better grasp of phonics and how it is used in schools. I also appreciated receiving the resources.’ - Lily

We’ve also put together our very own World Class Teacher’s Resources on Phonics for Year 1 and Phonics for Year 2 (Key Stage 1).

Phonics Checklist for Year 1

Year One Phonics Key Stage 1 teaching resources

Phonics Checklist for Year 2

Year Two Phonics Key Stage 1 teaching resources

These can also be found on our Pinterest (which you should all check out, since we want to give you as many teaching resources as we can!). Stay tuned for our Phonics for Years 3+ 4, which will be coming shortly! If you have any more suggestions for teaching resources, phonics tips, or the type of training you would find useful, please let us know!