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 […]

Christmas Holidays

Its been over 2 weeks since I wrote a blog post – probably the longest time ever but things were hectic before school finished and since then I’ve been at home in Waterford – catching up with friends and family. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are enjoying the break! Its great […]

Why I don’t advertise teaching jobs…

I’ve received a huge amount of emails and Facebook messages lately from individuals and teaching agencies asking me to advertise teaching jobs in England and further afield. My answer is and always will be no. Irish Primary Teacher was set up as a place for me to keep track of ideas, lessons that worked well […]

Famous people in history- art and history display

I recently shared the above photograph on Facebook and Instagram. This was a display by one of my colleagues which integrated Art and History. The children chose a famous person in history – wrote some interesting facts about the person and then created an image and background about them. Here are just three examples of […]

Rory’s Story Cubes

I picked up a packet of ‘Rory’s Story Cubes’ recently and tried them out in the resource room this week. They were a huge hit with the children and they wrote really great stories using the cubes.

Supplementary Panel 2017/2018

I’m writing this blogpost because I’ve already received lots of questions about the supplementary panel and the criteria needed to access the supplementary panel. What is the panel? There are two redeployment panels for primary teachers in Ireland – the main panel and the supplementary panel for appointments to full time permanent positions. The main […]

What to do when your class are driving you crazy

There are days and sometimes weeks where your class drive you crazy – almost to the point where you wonder why you ever decided to become a teacher – yet there is an expectation that this is your vocation and therefore you are happy and love every single thing about teaching and every single day […]

The US Presidential Election

So today was the voting day for the US Presidential Election and tomorrow we’ll find out who won. I’ve noticed a lot of children have a real interest in what is happening and can’t wait to find out who the next President of the USA will be. To be honest, I don’t have much interest […]