Literacy Stations

I love using literacy stations in my classroom. This was something I learned about in the U.K. and they have become more popular in recent years in Ireland. I usually have 4 literacy stations at any time. I have experimented with different activities and groupings over the years and my favourite stations are; Reading with […]

The first full week

The first full week of school was tough, very tough. I was exhausted by Tuesday and still had three¬†more days to go. This blogpost is just a quick overview of things that worked well for me this week and things that I need to change. Classroom Layout I started the year with 3 groups (2 […]

Dancin’ Time (A review)

I was recently sent ‘Dancin’ Time’ an Irish and folk dance resource pack for primary teachers. The resource is available directly here. What’s included in the pack There is a DVD of the dances (Infants – Sixth Class). 4 CD’s (Infants, First and Second, Third and Fourth and two for Fifth and Sixth) Booklet with […]

Day 1…

Today was our first day back, we had no children just whole staff meeting, hand overs with previous teachers, organising resources, year group meetings, sorting books/copies and art supplies, finishing classroom organisation/decoration etc.

Irish Primary Teacher 2017-2018

And just like that we’ve reached the end of the summer holidays. This time tomorrow, I’ll be in school. Tomorrow is a day of meeting, planning and organising for the year ahead. The children won’t be joining us until Thursday. This is just a quick overview of my plans for the next year. School I’ll […]

Trying to be organised

As the new school year fast approaches, I’m trying to think of ways to keep myself as organised as possible. I usually start the year with great organisation but after a couple of weeks, I let things slip and soon my desk looks as though a bomb has hit it and I can’t find things […]

Trying something new in 2017-2018

The inspiration for this post comes from the above statement. I think its so important to try something new every year – sometimes it fails but often it works brilliantly! So here are some things you might like to change in your classroom. These are all very small changes so they should be fairly easy […]

Assessment in my classroom

I’ve received a number of requests for a blogpost about assessment folders and how to keep records for assessment purposes so this is a quick overview of what works for me. I purchased this planner from Mr. Price at the beginning of the summer – I already had a Folens planner, but I liked the […]

My plan for the first two days

I always over plan¬†for the first few days with a new class – it’s difficult to know how much work the kids will get through when you don’t really know them and I prefer to have lots to keep the children busy rather than too little and hearing the dreaded ‘I’m finished – what now’ […]

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