A lot of schools are back in the next week or two so it’s time to start preparing your subbing kit and a few lessons. Subbing kit;Labels (for names)Pens/Pencils (in different colours – some schools use a specific colour for marking) or even a multi-pen would be ideal.Stickers (metallic stars are best as they are […]


Haven’t written in a while as I’ve just moved back to Ireland after living in the U.K. Today was my first interview. This post is to give some sample interview questions. I’ve been interviewed in boys, girls and mixed schools as well as Catholic and multi-denominational schools too. Tell us about yourself What experience do […]

Transition Day activities

So by now you probably know your new class for next year and will be meeting them before the end of term. Here are some ideas to get to know your new class and to ease any anxiety the children may feel about a new teacher. Make postersGet your new class to make posters about […]

Applying for jobs

I’m currently teaching in the U.K. but I have decided to move back to Ireland. I’ve learned a lot teaching here and it was fantastic to experience a different education system. For now though, I’d like to move home and apply my new skills. And so the dreaded Standard Application Forms start again… Top tips; […]

Times tables

Maths is a subject I have always loved. However, many children lack confidence in Maths and therefore dislike or are terrified of it. I think that times tables are vital for children to know really well to be successful in both multiplication and division. Once a child knows their times tables and can access them […]

Visual Timetable

I have always used a visual timetable as I find it is hugely beneficial for all children. It gives children an idea of what is happening throughout the day and reduces anxiety or worry. It helps children to learn to tell the time. It gives independence as children don’t have to constantly ask what are […]

Keep calm and carry on…

I often find with teaching that its hard to shut down and leave it in school. Sometimes you can be overrun with emotions and racking your brain to find solutions to problems with children’s behaviour or things they’ve told you or how to get them to master long division. The stress at times can be […]

Behaviour Management

Behaviour and classroom management are probably the most difficult parts of teaching to master. What works with one class or one child may not work with another. Some say, “Don’t smile til Christmas,” “Go in and show them who’s boss..”Over my short teaching career, I have dealt with a lot of tricky behaviour and here […]

Anger management

I am always surprised by the amount of children who cannot or don’t know how to deal with their anger in an effective way, who punch, shove, kick, throw, shout or cry when someone doesn’t do what they want. I have found these strategies work (most of the time). Stay calm. As the teacher, you […]

Interesting lunch for school

I often find I’m eating the same thing every day as its the easiest thing to prepare and throw in the lunch box. Recently though I’ve started making my own brown bread (which is really yummy) and we had a recent staff meeting where we learned to make a tomato and basil salad which is […]