Drama- Jack and the Beanstalk (Junior infants – 2nd class)

Read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.Get the children to imagine they are film directors and divide the story into scenes. Jack getting the magic beans, mum isn’t happy Jack planting the beans, going to bed and waking up next morning to see a giant beanstalk Jack climbing up the beanstalk and looking around […]

Halloween Lesson- Writing instructions

As Halloween is just around the corner, I decided to get the children to write a spell using instructional writing. Today we planned what ingredients we would use and how instructions are written (use bossy words (verbs) and time connectives, order etc.) We spent the first 5 minutes thinking about what our spell would be […]

Mind Maps

Mind maps/Brainstorms are a great way for children to get their ideas down on paper without having to worry about full sentences, spelling or punctuation.They can be used as a planning tool for writing or as a summary of what we have learned about at the end of a topic. They are fantastic for visual […]

Work, Life Balance

Hi there, It’s been too long. I think I’ve spent the last month or so working all the hours of the clock and not having too much free time. Every spare moment was spent thinking about school, IEP’s, planning and resources. After 6 weeks, I think I am beginning to settle into my new role […]

Starting at a new school

I’ve done lots of subbing and have started in about 7 new schools since graduating. Starting in a new school can be very daunting but once you’re prepared everything will go smoothly. Remember to read up on school policies so you know what to do in any given situation. If you are unsure about something, […]

Interview questions take 2

Hi everyone,I had another interview yesterday and these are some of the questions asked. Why did you want to become a teacher? If I walked into your classroom, how would I know that you were following the ethos of the school? (Roman Catholic School) Conas is féidir an Ghaeilge labharta a úsáid i rith an […]


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; […]