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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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Teaching Practice Box

Whether you are starting TP or know someone who is – a TP box is essential. Heres a quick post about what to include. Pens, pencils, rubber, sharpener, glue.Whiteboard markers – essential for writing on the board.Blu tack for all the wonderful displays.Push pins – much better than thumb tacks and easy to remove.Stars – […]

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Maths Time (More EDCO Publications)

When I attended the launch of Bua na Cainte last week, they also had other books available including Maths Time for 1st – 6th class.This book could be used in addition to the main maths book. It is based around mental maths.The book is colourful and child-friendly.  This is the second class book. Each day […]

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Bua na Cainte (new Irish language Programme from EDCO)

Last night I attended the launch of Bua na Cainte in Dublin. The main reason I decided to go was to see some new products and the offer of a free EDCO Teacher Planner was an added bonus. I was so impressed by Bua na Cainte. Before the presentation, I looked at the teachers book […]

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Moving to the U.K. to teach

With the current lack of jobs in Ireland (hopefully going to improve this year), the U.K. may be a good place to move if you are looking for work. Here are some tips and ideas that I picked up when I moved over a year ago. Pick a place – I know this may sound […]

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Tips for Observation before Teaching Practice

Observation gives you a fantastic opportunity to see the class at work. This is a great time for you to see how things run and get ideas for lesson planning and classroom management. Things to look for; Classroom routines – how do the children enter/exit the classroom? what happens at breaktime/lunchtime? how do children ask […]

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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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