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A Day in the Life; Senior Infants

A Little Background: I teach Senior Infants in a DEIS band 1 School in Dublin. We are a Junior School, Early Start to 2nd Class. It is a mixed school with a significant number of EAL and traveller children. I am an NQT in my second year of teaching, and completed my DIP in January. […]

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A Day in the Life; Special Ed

I currently work as a Special Class Teacher in a Special Class for children with mild and moderate learning difficulties on the north side of Dublin. The school is a Senior Girls school and in this class I teach 11 girls with varying levels of ability as well as very levels of curricular accessibility and […]

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A Day in the Life

Planning on doing a series of ‘A Day in the Life’ posts where teachers working in different roles write about a typical day and share tips and challenges. This will give us all the opportunity to learn a bit about different roles in the teaching profession. These posts can be published anonymously.

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Training in U.K.? What do you need to teach in Ireland?

Once you have completed your teacher training in the U.K. You will need to complete a certificate in religious education (if you wish to teach in a Catholic Primary School) and an Irish qualification. These can both be completed while you are working. Certificate in Religious EducationThis programme can be completed part time with Mary […]

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I don’t know what the panel is… (A guide)

Over the next few weeks there will be a lot of talk about the panel and panel rights – but what are they and how do you get them? The panels were set up to provide permanent jobs to teachers with certain criteria. There is a panel for Catholic Schools, Church of Ireland Schools, Educate […]

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What jobs can I apply for?

If you are finishing college this year, the job hunt is the next hurdle. Most jobs will be advertised on Education Posts. Many jobs will be advertised including part time, substitute, fixed term, temporary or permanent. Substitute jobs – These jobs arise to cover maternity or sick leave. (They last for a number of months, usually […]

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Easter Art Ideas

It has been a crazy few weeks in terms of holidays – Valentines Day, Mothers Day and St. Patricks Day were all very close together. Easter holidays are now looming and everyone is looking forward to a much deserved break.Here are some art ideas that could be used this week; Shaving Cream Eggs (This looks […]

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Poetry in Primary School

Poetry is a fun way for children to use language. In younger classes – the emphasis is on rhymes, riddles, nursery rhymes and jingles. There is a huge amount that can be done with poetry from recitation, responding by discussion, art, writing, making their own poems. Starting a poetry lesson (responding and reciting) Reading the […]

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Promoting Listening Skills

Children need to have good listening skills to do well in primary school. However, some children find it very difficult to sit still and listen for any length of time. Here are some strategies to promote listening skills and help children focus when you or someone else is speaking. Be a good listener yourself – […]

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Visual Aids for Multiplication and Division

Multiplication and Division can be difficult for children to understand. Today I decided to make it as practical as possible. I gave the children a question; 28/4 = The children then counted out 28 cubes and shared these with 4 of the children (using the sheet below). They then answered the question (7). The children […]

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