Top Tips for Student Teachers

Teaching placement is just around the corner for lots of teachers (and lots of people are in the middle of it too) so this blogpost is going to share some of my top tips for student teachers. Use the observation week wisely This is so important. During the observation week don’t spend all your time […]

How to give feedback to a student teacher without overstepping

Lots of people asked for a blogpost on how best to support a student teacher in the classroom and how to give effective feedback without overstepping so I’m hoping to share some tips and ideas here. What is your role? Model best practice Offer real life advice (based on your experience) Support the student teacher […]

Supporting children with additional needs in the mainstream classroom

I’m writing this blogpost as I’ve received countless messages from people on Instagram about how best to support children with additional needs in the mainstream classroom. The questions are usually something like ‘How can I support a child with Autism/ADHD/Dyslexia etc.’ and I think its really important to try to refocus ourselves when we think […]

Untold Story of working in the UAE (Guest Blogpost)

As a small bit of background I studied early childhood education and then did the PME. I qualified in 2016 and got a job working in a school I loved.I had always wanted to teach in the UAE so in December of 2018 I decided I would take a career break and go to work […]

SeaLife Bray – School Tours

I’m always asked for recommendations on school tours around the country so I was delighted to be invited to on a tour of Sealife in Bray. I had only been once before and thought it was really brilliant. Myself and my partner arrived down early Saturday morning to meet with Dave our tour guide and I […]

General Election 2020 – Some lesson ideas

I decided to do a little bit about the General Election with my class today and it became much bigger than what I had originally planned so I thought I’d share some of the things that worked well and some further ideas that I’ll be using for the rest of the week. I simplified a […]

Valentines Day Art

Valentines Day is just around the corner. For events like Valentines I try to do the artwork a week or two before and usually cover the theme over a week to a week and a half depending on the class level. I think it’s really important to display the children’s artwork so I try to […]

A quick update

Hello there, It’s been a while – I haven’t written a blogpost since October which is so unusual for me but here it goes. A quick overview of what I’ve been up to and a few hints of what’s happening over the next few months too. School has been hectic – as usual. The run […]

Place Value Notation Boards

A quick post about the place value notation boards, how I use them and their importance for all class levels in fully understanding the concept of place value. Place Value is one of the first areas that is covered in maths books each year. Sometimes it can be tempting to just race through the chapter […]

Autumn Art Ideas

We did some Autumn Art last week focussing on folk trees using an idea from Deep Space Sparkle. It was a great drawing and painting lesson. View this post on Instagram Super simple but very enjoyable art from @deepspacesparkle – class loved these. This was my version – I’ll share the display once they are […]

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