Music Mondays 1

Music Mondays is a new blogpost idea I had at the beginning of January but Mondays kept passing and I kept forgetting so here is my first blogpost in this series. Music Mondays will be a series of blogposts where I write about songs/ tunes/pieces of music that I’ve used in the classroom or that I […]

New Model; Special Education Teaching Resources

Minister Bruton announced that the new model for allocation of resource teachers would be implemented from next September. This post is a quick overview of the new model and how it will differ from the current model. Current model Child receives diagnosis of special educational need from an educational psychologist School applies to the Special […]

New Resource Timetable

I changed my timetable for the beginning of this term. I felt this was a good idea as I wanted to change social groups/movement groups and I also noticed that some children worked better in the morning while others benefitted more from support after lunch. My timetable from September – December gave all children 3/4 individual […]

Social Skills Group

While working as a resource teacher, I have found social groups are brilliant for children who need to develop appropriate social and behavioural skills. This year, myself and another resource teacher are working together to facilitate this social skills group with a number of the children we are working with. Social skills groups enable the […]

Confessions of a TP Student; Part 2

The One Where You Try to Fit In The beginning of every placement block comes with a period of observation. In this case, students were given one week to observe, complete a report to show they can link all the theory picked up from the webinars that provided background entertainment while having dinner, and the […]

A look at salary scales

It is often said that timing is everything, and in the teaching profession this could ring true for a lot of people who graduated in the period between 2010 and 2012. Those who took a gap year, or struggled to find a position after finishing University, thus entering the profession later than they would have otherwise, face […]

Guest Bloggers

As something new for 2017 I’m hoping to have some guest bloggers for Irish Primary Teacher. This blogpost is just a quick explanation about it.

New Year Activities

So today is the last official day of the Christmas holidays. The thoughts of returning to school on Monday fill me with fear – while I love my job, I also love the holidays and alarm clocks, making lunches, commuting and working are not very appealing at the moment. So instead of planning/changing timetables I […]

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