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Senior TP

I really enjoy teaching senior classes as they are more independent and you can do a lot with them. On teaching practice however they can be quite scary. I’ll always remember my observation day in 5th class on senior tp- I was terrified.. Being 5’1” most of the children were taller than me and had […]

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Infant T.P.

Teaching infants is so much fun! The children will love you – someone new to play with. Some tips; Observation – Spend some time observing the class and the teacher. This will give you the chance to see how routines work and get an idea of the level the children are at – this will […]

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Dice – Maths Games

So I went to Tiger today and couldn’t resist some of the wonderful products they have for sale! I bought these dice for 2 euro and cannot wait to use them for Maths! Some ideas; Number recognition (1 dice) Roll the dice  What’s your number? What comes next? What comes before? What is 2 more? 2 […]

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Book Review; Primary Art (Diane Sterrett)

Art has never been my strong point – I struggled with drawing stick figures! I often use pinterest for ideas and have built up a number of good lessons! I saw this book in a colleagues room a couple of weeks ago and really like it! The book is very well laid out with lesson […]

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A Day in the Life; Australia (Special Ed)

I will start with a little bit of background: I work in a Special School for children with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism in Brisbane, Australia. My school caters for children with Intellectual Disabilities and many also have Autism. The school has children from 6-18 years and we also have an Early Childhood Development Program for […]

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Mental Maths Activities

Mental Maths is a vital component of a good maths lesson. Children need to be able to calculate in their head and use different strategies to answer the same question. Daily practice is extremely important for all children from junior infants to 6th class. I always do Mental Maths at the start of the day […]

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Teaching P.E.

P.E. is a great subject to teach but sometimes it fills me with fear.  Bringing the children out of the classroom to a hall where there is no seats or structured seating plans could be disastrous and therefore requires excellent classroom management and organisation. Before going to the hall/outside area for P.E.Discuss how to get […]

What do I need when applying for jobs?

In the coming weeks, jobs will start to be advertised for the next school year – now is the time to get things ready for applying. 1. Teaching Council Registration Register here. You must be registered with the teaching council before working in an Irish primary school. Without registration you will not be paid by […]

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To ask for support is a sign of strength (NIPT)

Teaching is a fantastic job and very rewarding however, throughout our careers we sometimes experience stress and disillusionment.Many NQT’s feel unable to talk to their colleagues or principal about issues or problems they may have for fear of looking incapable of doing their job or they may be worried about job prospects for the following […]

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A Day in the Life; Senior Infants

A Little Background: I teach Senior Infants in a DEIS band 1 School in Dublin. We are a Junior School, Early Start to 2nd Class. It is a mixed school with a significant number of EAL and traveller children. I am an NQT in my second year of teaching, and completed my DIP in January. […]

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