To investigate the best coin cleaner

This morning the children were delighted to see a number of items on my table. Many remarked excitedly that today we must be doing an experiment. I said nothing and let their curiosity get the better of them until I was asked outright ‘What experiment are we doing?’ I said we weren’t as I knew […]

Procedural Writing – A Love Potion

Valentines Day is next Sunday so I decided to link my procedural writing for February with the theme of love. We covered procedural writing last October and the children loved creating spells to turn me into a toad.

Prize Box

I use Class Dojo for classroom management, when the children earn x amount of points they get to choose a reward. The rewards range from stickers (5 points) to homework passes (50 points). If a child earns 15 points they can choose a prize from our prize box.

Parent Teacher Meetings

We will have parent teacher meetings in 2 weeks time. These are a fantastic opportunity to  meet the parents and share the children’s progress, achievements and any issues/concerns that you or indeed the parents might have. Parents know their children best so take what they say on board.

The Dip Process – What’s the point?

I’ve been reading up on the new ‘dip’ process – Droichead and decided to write a blog post/rant about the whole dip process in general and some suggestions which could be more beneficial for everyone. First of all, why do we need a dip/droichead process? Teachers go to college for 4 years now (I know Hibernia […]

Tin Whistle in the classroom

Last summer I completed Tin Whistle and the Music Curriculum in preparation for teaching tin whistle this year. I have really enjoyed teaching the tin whistle this year and am so delighted with the progress that children have made – in performing, composing and reading music. We practice for about 10-15 minutes every day and the children […]

Subbing; Some Tips

Most teachers have at some point in their career worked as a sub. During my first year out, I subbed in 5/6 schools from September – December and was lucky enough to get a Part Time resource contract from January to March due to getting to know the school and staff and working as a […]

Some ideas for Gaeilge lessons

I love Gaeilge and have a good standard of Irish but I find many children have a complete mental block when it comes to learning our language. This is a quick post about some strategies I use for interesting, enjoyable and fun Gaeilge lessons.

Returning from UK/ Abroad?

  I’ve received lots of messages from teachers who trained in the UK and now wish to return to Ireland or teachers who have been working in the UK and now want to come back home. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions.