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 […]

Covering a maternity leave

I’m currently covering a maternity leave until the summer holidays. Taking over from someone else can be particularly tricky – especially at this time of the year. The other teacher has already taught in his/her way, has routines set up, and has certain ways of doing things which the class are used to.When I first […]

Tackling the Dip/NQT Year

There’s no denying that this year is stressful and difficult. It will seem at times that they taught you nothing in college and that you’ll never get through the mounds of paperwork and corrections and planning and problems. But you will! Top tips Get a notebook. This doesn’t need to be anything fancy. Write down […]

Learning Objectives and Steps to Success

I moved to the U.K. in September and started as a supply teacher. I had heard of learning objectives and steps to success but had never used them before. In Ireland, we often don’t share what we want to achieve by the end of the lesson and how the child can be successful. These are […]

Stop trying to reinvent the wheel!

During teaching practice and when I first qualified I felt I needed to make everything from scratch. I made countless notebook presentations, powerpoints, worksheets etc. I soon realised I was wasting time concentrating on making resources and not on the actual teaching.There are fantastic websites with free resources which you can easily download and then […]

The joys of technology

I’m writing this post as I’m currently having issues with my USB stick which has everything I need on it – of course I haven’t done a recent back up so ahhhhhhh!! Top tips for storing files and documents Dropbox is amazing as you can easily save all your documents and access them on any […]


I qualified in 2011 and sent approximately 1500 applications to schools in every inch of the country. I was willing to move to the back arse of no where as all I wanted was a teaching job and to get the dip done. I received rejection letters or emails daily and it was horrible. So […]

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