Irish Primary Teacher 2017/2018

It’s the summer at last! The last year was very tough for our school community and we definitely need a break to recharge the batteries. For the past year, I’ve been working in resource with 3rd class. Since starting in my school in September 2014 I have worked in 3rd class; twice as a resource […]

Primary Tin Whistle – A Complete Course; A Review

Over the past 3 years, I have been teaching tin whistle to children in my school – both in the classroom and as an extra curricular activity. I have used lots of different resources and books as well as teaching by  ear. I received this book by Denis O’Toole last week and really like it.

Appointment and Reappointment Form

Woohoo congratulations you have secured a job for next year! Well done! Now you have the delightful task of filling out the ‘Appointment/Reappointment Form’ which you will receive from the principal or you can take a look at it here. This document has so many parts and can be a bit confusing to fill in […]

Should I stay or should I go? 

It’s that time of year again when teachers all around Ireland wonder what will happen next year. This can be a stressful time for many people for different reasons- some teachers who are working on temporary or substitute contracts and building up panel rights wonder whether they should go home now so they can build […]

End of year lists

And just like that it was June… I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone. This is just a quick blogpost about a nice end of term activity that I do throughout the year but particularly when there is only 3/4 weeks left. Ask the children to write a list of all the things […]

Twinkl – A review (Northern Ireland)

I’ve had a Twinkl account for the last few years and I can honestly say that it is brilliant. My favourite things about Twinkl… Amount of top quality downloads – there are resources available to download for every topic imaginable from planting seeds to top trumps cards for Maths. Time – I have saved so […]

A Quick Guide to the Standard Application Form

The standard application form for teaching posts was designed to be the only document that would be required by schools when advertising posts – therefore the document is quite long and detailed. Thankfully many parts of the document only need to be filled in once; personal details, qualification, courses, references etc. You can download the […]

Classroom Management – Ice Cream Challenge

There are only 5 weeks of school left this year. At this stage in the year, the weather is usually nice, there’s lots of exciting activities taking place from school tours and plays to rounders on the green for P.E. and at times children begin to lose their focus. Last year, we had an ‘Ice […]

Panels – What happens next?

I’ve received a lot of messages from teachers on the Supplementary Panel wondering what happens now. At the moment the main panels in many areas are clear – however the Supplementary Panel hasn’t been released yet. The Department of Education will update the ‘Summary of the Main Panel’ list again on the 31st May (next […]