Moving Schools; The Benefits

Teaching has always been seen as a ‘permanent, pensionable job’. Many teachers left college, got a job, got made permanent and are still teaching in the school 20/25/30 years later. This is no longer the case. Many teachers leave college, apply to hundreds of schools, get a maternity/short term contract and then move on when […]

Tiger; School Supplies

I went into town yesterday and popped into Tiger for a look. They always have so many bits and pieces that could be used in lots of ways in your classroom. I took photos of some of the main products that I liked. Below you’ll see some pictures of the products along with a description […]

So you want to be a teacher?

I’ve wanted to be a primary school teacher since I was three years old (or so my mam tells me!). I used to spend so much time teaching my teddies and dolls and I had a little blackboard with chalk. I was the oldest child in the housing estate so I spent a lot of […]

First job; what do I need to do over the summer? 

First of all congratulations – well done on getting your first teaching job! I know you probably a bag of emotions – excited, delighted, proud, relieved, and probably feeling a bit anxious about September. I’ve received a number of messages from people who will be starting their first teaching job in September wondering what to […]

Beyond 2020: Using Technology in the Primary Classroom

Last week I completed this course through INTO Learning. It is an online course and overall I found it quite useful. I wanted to complete it last week because I hate the dread of it hanging over me all summer and this year many online course providers only give you one month to complete the course […]

New Wave – Pre Writing Patterns

Another 2 fantastic resources from Prim Ed Publishing. The book and write on posters prepare children for letter formation. The posters – There is a collection of 12 A3 sized laminated posters that you can write on and wipe off using whiteboard markers. They would be perfect in a writing station in Junior/Senior Infants or […]

A Day in the Life of a Special Class Teacher

I teach pupils with autism aged 13. Each school day begins the same. Visual timetables and schedules are prepared the evening before to ensure that there is a structure and that the students are informed with the layout for the day.   All the students arrive on buses. When they arrive in class, social skills […]

St. Patricks Day Activities

Today is the 1st of March – only 2 weeks to St. Patrick’s Day! This is a quick blogpost with ideas for activities in the lead up to it. 1. Leprechauns (Suitable for all ages – can be adapted depending on your class)Create your own leprechaun (art – drawing and english – writing) Draw him/her […]

Times tables powerpoint

Times tables are so important for children to learn by heart. They help children to solve multiplication and division problems quickly. When children know their times tables well, they can solve word problems quickly.  All children should be able to count in multiples of a given number and answer any tables questions by 5th/6th class. […]