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; […]

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 […]