Reading Groups

I’ve received a number of messages asking how I set up reading groups in my classroom so here is a quick overview. I have divided my class into four groups based on ability (I based this on teacher observation and the children are aware that the groups are not fixed – I call children by […]

Independent Learners

One of the main goals of education is to enable children to become independent, however, I sometimes notice that some children in my class would happily sit and wait for every single thing to be ‘spoonfed’ to them. So, over the next few weeks, I’m hoping to help the children in my class to think for […]

Money Saving Tips

  I received a message from a concerned teacher about money worries and having to spend so much of her own money on resources and classroom essentials. This post will offer some tips and ideas which might help.

Class Mascot/Teddy

On Infant T.P., the class had a teddy that went home each weekend with a different child who took photos and wrote a piece about the teddy’s adventure. When I taught Year 1 in England, the school had two teddies; Stilton and Cheddar – mice. Stilton was for the junior school (Reception – Year 2) […]

Differentiation in a Maths lesson

We started learning subtraction (with renaming) yesterday. I revised the concept and we did lots of examples on the IWB however when the children went to work independently many struggled to answer the questions. Image Source

CID – What does it mean?

CID is a Contract of Indefinite Duration. To qualify for a CID you must have; Correct qualification Teaching council registration Continuous employment (on a fixed term/temporary contract covering career break, secondment, resource hours/increase in numbers) in the SAME school in EXCESS of two years. How to apply Fill in the form CID for the first time and […]

Twinkl – A review

I’m often sent new books/products/ resources to use but I always try to take a couple of weeks/months using them before I recommend them. This is mainly because I know how much money teachers spend on resources and therefore I want to be sure that a resource is worthwhile or useful. A couple of weeks […]

Permanent Jobs in Teaching

I left college in 2011, sent thousands of application forms and subbed in lots of different schools but job prospects were awful. I was lucky to get a part time resource position from January – March and then a full time resource position for the rest of the year. Following this, I got a temporary […]

Eadaí (Some ideas)

  This week we started Eadaí in Gaeilge lessons. By the end of the week I’m hoping  that children will have learned the vocabulary for a variety of pieces of clothing as well as key phrases such as; Tá __________ ar ____________. Tá __________ uirthi. Tá __________ air. An bhfuil ___________ ort? Tá __________ orm. […]