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Book Review; Fine and Gross Motor Skills from Prim Ed Publishing

Gross Motor Skills; Development Activities When a child gets a diagnosis of dyspraxia/dcd there is usually a list of different recommendations and ideas – however it often requires a huge amount of research on the part of the teacher to figure out what different phrases and ideas mean. The start of this book gives a […]

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Béal Beo 3 – review

I love new books and trying out new resources. I’m very difficult to impress and usually have 4/5 books that I dip in and out of but this years Irish publications are really excellent.Béal Beo is a new Irish language programme from EDCO for 3rd – 6th class. The book is broken into each of […]

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Teaching Music

  Music is one of my favourite subjects to teach. I love to start the day with a chant/song as it focuses the children and is a nice way to begin the day. My favourite song for the morning is Abeeyo. (A Welcome Song) music here Leader; Abeeyo  Group; Abeeyo Leader; Abeeyo Group; Abeeyo Leader; Abeeyo […]

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Being sick- the show must go on!

So I’m writing this post from my sick bed and of course worrying about going back to school. Teachers often feel they have to go to school even when very sick because the children in our care depend on us and will find the day difficult without us. For me, this usually means that I […]

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Inspectors…

  I was speaking to colleagues about teaching practice inspectors and it got me thinking … On my first teaching practice I had an elderly external examiner for my inspector and she was very strict and not really up to date with current best practice. I had 2nd class in a DEIS school. The inspector […]

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What to do when things don’t go right?

We’ve all had those days where everything goes wrong. Usually I get the sense in the first couple of minutes – hmm it’s going to be one of those days… Being on teaching practice, during your NQT year those days may be a little more frequent and sometimes the day finishes and you believe you […]

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Job Applications

It’s that time of year… job advertisements are beginning to appear on Education Posts. When I first qualified I was desperate to find a job and I applied for approximately 1300 jobs. (Yes I know this seems completely ridiculous – but I was desperate) I applied for jobs in every county in Ireland and realistically I […]

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Abair liom (folens new Irish programme)

Tonight I attented the launch of Folens new Irish programme- Abair Liom. It is a fun, contemporary, engaging new programme which includes stories, songs, poems, and puppets (which the children love). Children can relate to the characters and the situations- ar scoil, sa Bhaile etc. Games on the interactive whiteboard are fun and active. Activities […]

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Standardised Tests are coming soon…

Drumcondra and Micra T time is fast approaching and with it comes a lot of unnecessary stress for some children. When children are stressed they are not going to perform well, therefore now is the time to start to get them ready. While I completely disagree that children should be taught to the test, I […]

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