Catholic Schools Week

I can’t believe January is nearly over. I’m looking forward to brighter mornings and longer evenings. This week is Catholic Schools Week so here are a few ideas to tie in with this years theme ‘Called to be a Family of Families’. There are lots of ideas and resources available from the Catholic Schools website.

Chess for Learning

Last October, John Conlon came to visit my school to promote Chess for Learning. My school then purchased chess sets for the children to use in the classroom and so far it has been a great success. John has kindly sent me the information regarding Chess for Learning so that more teachers and schools can […]

What’s working well so far

2 weeks back and this is the first chance I’ve had to write a blogpost. Here is a quick overview of what is working well so far since we got back to school. Table layout Our classrooms were given a deep clean during the Christmas holidays, so we had to have all the tables cleared […]

Plans for 5th Class (Term 2)

Things have been super busy for me over the last few months as we bought our first home and moved house the week before Christmas. Every spare moment has been (and continues to be) spent with the bank, solicitors, in furniture shops, measuring rooms and picking floors and blinds. I took some time off over […]

A quick update

It’s been 3 weeks since my last blogpost – this is probably the longest time I’ve gone without writing a blogpost in the 3 years since setting up Irish Primary Teacher. I have a huge amount on at the moment and I simply don’t have the time to write blogposts unfortunately – but hopefully things […]

Filling out the Supplementary Panel form 2018/2019

Ah the Department of Education love a good confusing form – they like to make you work for everything. Personally, I don’t understand why things can’t go digital – it would be easier for everyone and so much better for the environment. But alas, here we are with a 5 page document which needs to […]

The Supplementary Panel 2018/2019

I write an explanation blogpost about the Supplementary Panel every year and it is always very popular so hopefully I can answer some of your questions here. What is the supplementary panel? The supplementary panel is a panel made up of teachers who are currently covering substitute/temporary positions who are looking for a permanent position. […]

S&S Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts materials are always welcome! I’m constantly looking for art ideas on pinterest and picking up bits and pieces for lessons everywhere I go. Emily from S&S Arts and Crafts kindly sent me some arts and crafts resources last week. S&S Arts and Crafts offer a wide range of arts and crafts materials. […]

Starting a new position after midterm

I’ve received a number of messages over the last few days from teachers who have secured temporary or maternity leave positions over the midterm and will be starting their new roles next Monday. In this blogpost I’m going to share some tips/advice for starting in a new role and hopefully some ways to make things […]

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