Guest Blogpost; Meaningful vs. Rote Learning

In todays school curriculum and for many years previous there has been huge emphasis on Rote learning in core subjects of school life such as Maths, Irish and English. As an Early Years education graduate this form of learning is bewildering to me as we were trained in practical life meaningful experiences. Rote learning is […]

Adding/Subtracting Decimals – Shopping Receipts

I’ve put together a set of shopping receipts for adding/subtracting decimals for my class. I like to have a real life focus when completing maths tasks as I find these make much more sense and the children are interested in the content too. Set 1: Find the total and calculate the change. (Adding and subtracting […]

Teacher Stress

I totally get it! Teachers are stressed – hopefully not too bad now after the Christmas holidays but teaching can be an extremely testing and stressful job. There seems to be constant demands and expectations, never ending to do lists and your best is not always good enough. I’m writing this blogpost as I’m seeing […]

January Sales – Real Life Maths

Over the Christmas holidays, I decided to make a new resource for my class for the first week back. This will be a chance for them to revise concepts such as decimals, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, percentages and fractions and money.

Holiday Recommendations (From Teachers)

I always find after a break (Christmas holidays/Easter etc.) I tend to spend some time over the last few days looking at holidays for the next break. I’m currently looking for a holiday for the summer – somewhere quiet with a great beach and pool and not too much nightlife. (I love a relaxing holiday, […]

If you can justify it – do it!

Teachers seem to be constantly worried about doing things that the inspectors will like/ will approve of. We recently had a course with the PDST in my school and the facilitator shared the view that if you can justify what you are doing – then you are the professional and should do it.

Some tips: New Teacher Blogs/Social Media Accounts

I’m seeing a growing amount of new teacher blogs and social media accounts over the Christmas period. I always find there is more and more new accounts around Christmas and during the Summer holidays. It’s fantastic to see so many brilliant teachers from Ireland (some teaching here and others teaching abroad).  I don’t have all […]

Selling Digital Resources – Hidden Costs

Over the last year or so there has been a growing amount of Irish teachers selling their resources on their own blogs, or TeachersPayTeachers. It’s brilliant that teachers are sharing their resources with one another and it’s a great way to make a little bit of extra money. This blogpost is to share what […]

Times Tables Resources

Times Tables are a vital part of many mathematical concepts particularly as children to 5th and 6th class. If the children know their times tables it gives them an automatic headstart when learning new concepts as they are not held back due to a lack of knowledge with their tables. In my class we do […]

Putting Yourself Higher on Your Own To Do List

As we face into a new term and a new year, I think this is something that we should all aim to do this year. I’ve recently started listening to ‘The Good Glow‘ by Georgie Crawford and the title of this blogpost is one of the key messages of the podcast and one which I’m […]