My name is Kristen Alderson and I’m a high school science teacher from Barrie, Ontario, Canada. I teach at Bear Creek Secondary School in Barrie and I am currently on exchange at Barker College in Hornsby. In Canada, I teach Grades 9 to 12, but at Barker, I am teaching Years 7, 8 and 10. I will be teaching at Barker from January 2020 to December 2020.
The biggest difference between teaching in Canada and Australia is that in Canada I teach at a publicly funded school and Barker is an independent school in New South Wales. The other major difference is that in Canada we teach on a semester system and at Barker I will be teaching the same classes for the entire year.
The main thing that I have learned so far and will take home with me is “don’t sweat the small stuff”. There are so many great opportunities that can come out of an exchange. It is not worth the time and effort stressing about things you can’t control. Just get out there and enjoy every opportunity, good and otherwise.