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Teaching Time

Ahhh! Time is perhaps one of the trickiest things to teach. They just don’t get it! No matter how many wonderful resources you create, how many hours you spend finding things on twinkl or sparklebox or seomra ranga after day 2 you are ready to scream… or maybe its just me. Anyway, these are some […]

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Spelling

Spelling is something that nearly every primary school child does on a daily basis with a weekly test on a Friday. Many schools follow the Prim- Ed; My Spelling Workbook where children complete around 20 spellings a week along with activities from crosswords to wordsearches, anagram puzzles and completing sentences. I have noticed however that […]

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SPHE Lesson on Thinking before you speak

Sometimes we forget to think before we say something. This can have an awful effect on the person we are speaking to and it can dramatically change your relationship with someone. We often tell children ‘Oh that isn’t very nice. Say sorry!’ and the child says sorry and thats the end of it. The next […]

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Working with Parents

Working with parents is an everyday part of the job of primary teachers particularly in younger classes. Therefore, it is vital to build good relationships with them.These tips will help when you are working with parents. Be friendly but remain professional (When meeting a parent thank them for taking the time to see you, introduce […]

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Class Dojo – Behaviour Management

Whether you’re on teaching practice, doing your DIP  or a fully qualified teacher, Class Dojo is for you. This free, online behaviour management system is easy to use and works a treat. Children can be awarded points for a variety of different things like working hard, persistence, being helpful etc.Points can also be taken away […]

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Drama- Jack and the Beanstalk (Junior infants – 2nd class)

Read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.Get the children to imagine they are film directors and divide the story into scenes. Jack getting the magic beans, mum isn’t happy Jack planting the beans, going to bed and waking up next morning to see a giant beanstalk Jack climbing up the beanstalk and looking around […]

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Halloween Lesson- Writing instructions

As Halloween is just around the corner, I decided to get the children to write a spell using instructional writing. Today we planned what ingredients we would use and how instructions are written (use bossy words (verbs) and time connectives, order etc.) We spent the first 5 minutes thinking about what our spell would be […]

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Mind Maps

Mind maps/Brainstorms are a great way for children to get their ideas down on paper without having to worry about full sentences, spelling or punctuation.They can be used as a planning tool for writing or as a summary of what we have learned about at the end of a topic. They are fantastic for visual […]

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Work, Life Balance

Hi there, It’s been too long. I think I’ve spent the last month or so working all the hours of the clock and not having too much free time. Every spare moment was spent thinking about school, IEP’s, planning and resources. After 6 weeks, I think I am beginning to settle into my new role […]

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Starting at a new school

I’ve done lots of subbing and have started in about 7 new schools since graduating. Starting in a new school can be very daunting but once you’re prepared everything will go smoothly. Remember to read up on school policies so you know what to do in any given situation. If you are unsure about something, […]