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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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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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