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 […]

Group Reward Systems

Group Reward Systems work really well in many classrooms. They encourage team work, working together, encouraging one another and a little bit of friendly competition. Here are some ideas; Whole Class Marbles in a jar Children are rewarded for positive behaviour – when the jar is full they get a reward e.g. a night off […]

Background Music in the classroom

I love Music and try to incorporate it as much as possible into the classroom – listening and responding, song singing, playing instruments are all part of the music curriculum. I also find teaching times tables through song works brilliantly for many children.

Week 1; Working as a Resource Teacher

We returned to school last Monday – no children just meetings, classroom set up and handover of information. The children arrived on Tuesday and by Friday I was exhausted. Overall it was a successful week, we did a lot of setting up in the resource rooms, organising resources for the children we would be working […]

Prizes from Mol an Óige

I was delighted to receive some prizes and certificates from Mol an Óige yesterday. Mol an Óige has a huge range of stickers, pencils, badges, bookmarks, certificates, rulers, reward charts, stampers, wristbands, erasers – everything you need for stocking up your prize box! Last year I waited until after the Easter holidays before using prizes […]

First Day Powerpoint

This is a powerpoint which I made and used on our first day last year. It was really useful as it covers all about the school, the teachers in our year group, some of the main procedures in the classroom, class rules, all about class dojo, important times during the day etc.   You can download […]

Class Dojo; my thoughts

I’ve been using Class Dojo for the last few years and really think its brilliant for classroom management. I use it for rewarding children for working hard, being persistent, showing kindness, group work, being ‘on task’ etc. How I used it previous years; I rewarded children 1/2 points for a variety of different reasons (see above). […]

Setting up your classroom

This blog post was written last year when I was setting up my classroom for 3rd class. I spent some time at the beginning of the summer holidays and last Friday setting up my classroom. Its not perfect but I’m happy with the results so far.

The First Day

This blogpost was written last year. So what do you do that first day? I’m going to break the day into 3 chunks – Morning, After Break, After lunch.

Let them drink WATER

  I posted a picture of a water bottle on my Facebook page yesterday   I was delighted to see the majority of people agree that children should be allowed to drink water during lessons/activities and not have to ask for permission. I’m currently on a mission to drink more water myself and therefore would […]

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