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A Day in the Life of a Special Class Teacher

I teach pupils with autism aged 13. Each school day begins the same. Visual timetables and schedules are prepared the evening before to ensure that there is a structure and that the students are informed with the layout for the day.   All the students arrive on buses. When they arrive in class, social skills […]

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Book Review; Fine Motor Skills from Prim Ed Publishing

The above two books go hand in hand to support the development of gross and fine motor skills. This review is on the ‘Fine Motor Skills’ Book.  The first section gives information about fine motor skills and a short summary and key activities to support children with the development of skills in the areas of […]

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Bua na Cainte – Updated Review

I was very impressed with the Bua na Cainte programme when I attended the launch night a few weeks ago so I contacted EDCO Ireland for further information about the programme, the cost involved (for the interactive resources) and the teachers books. The lovely people at EDCO sent me copies of the teachers books and […]

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Oral Language Activity – And then…

I use this simple strategy to develop oral language skills and encourage children to use their imagination. Children work in groups of 4/5 to create a story. Child 1 starts with a simple sentence; Once upon a time two boys and their dog were walking in the woods and then… Child 2; The dog ran […]

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Book Review; Fine and Gross Motor Skills from Prim Ed Publishing

Gross Motor Skills; Development Activities When a child gets a diagnosis of dyspraxia/dcd there is usually a list of different recommendations and ideas – however it often requires a huge amount of research on the part of the teacher to figure out what different phrases and ideas mean. The start of this book gives a […]

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Béal Beo 3 – review

I love new books and trying out new resources. I’m very difficult to impress and usually have 4/5 books that I dip in and out of but this years Irish publications are really excellent.Béal Beo is a new Irish language programme from EDCO for 3rd – 6th class. The book is broken into each of […]

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Teaching Music

  Music is one of my favourite subjects to teach. I love to start the day with a chant/song as it focuses the children and is a nice way to begin the day. My favourite song for the morning is Abeeyo. (A Welcome Song) music here Leader; Abeeyo  Group; Abeeyo Leader; Abeeyo Group; Abeeyo Leader; Abeeyo […]

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Being sick- the show must go on!

So I’m writing this post from my sick bed and of course worrying about going back to school. Teachers often feel they have to go to school even when very sick because the children in our care depend on us and will find the day difficult without us. For me, this usually means that I […]

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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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