School Tour

School tours are great fun but can be very daunting for new and even more experienced teachers. These tips will help make the trip less stressful. Find a place- usually tours are linked to the curriculum. There’s lots of options throughout the country from farms to galleries and museums to adventure parks. (Check price and […]

Planning

Planning is one of the most time consuming parts of teaching. On teaching practice, many people stay up until all hours putting final touches to lesson plans and making resources. In resource, I manage to do my weekly planning in approximately 25 minutes a week. This is because I am very strict with myself and […]

Transition Day activities

So by now you probably know your new class for next year and will be meeting them before the end of term. Here are some ideas to get to know your new class and to ease any anxiety the children may feel about a new teacher. Make postersGet your new class to make posters about […]

Learning Objectives and Steps to Success

I moved to the U.K. in September and started as a supply teacher. I had heard of learning objectives and steps to success but had never used them before. In Ireland, we often don’t share what we want to achieve by the end of the lesson and how the child can be successful. These are […]

Stop trying to reinvent the wheel!

During teaching practice and when I first qualified I felt I needed to make everything from scratch. I made countless notebook presentations, powerpoints, worksheets etc. I soon realised I was wasting time concentrating on making resources and not on the actual teaching.There are fantastic websites with free resources which you can easily download and then […]

The joys of technology

I’m writing this post as I’m currently having issues with my USB stick which has everything I need on it – of course I haven’t done a recent back up so ahhhhhhh!! Top tips for storing files and documents Dropbox is amazing as you can easily save all your documents and access them on any […]