I’ve decided to start a new series of blogposts for substitute teachers. When I first started teaching, I always hoped that there would be some sort of plan available if I was subbing in a new school/new class because it is very hard to think on your feet when there are so many other things […]
Just Grammar is a new grammar book from Educate.ie. There is a book for 1st – 6th class. One grammar topic is covered each week with a learning outcome at the bottom of each page which is very handy for planning. The books are appealing and child friendly while also full of activities to ensure […]
I’ve been reading a few great novels with my class over the last few months and I’ve spotted a lot of stories that deal with themes and concepts that can be difficult to explain or difficult for children to relate to. With a book, children can understand and walk in the shoes of the characters […]
I was walking through Dublin this morning and noticed that the Art Gallery was open so we decided to pop in for a coffee and a quick look around. One of the current exhibitions is ‘Imagining Ireland in 2116’ which was a competition that was run as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Hundreds […]
There is so much to cover in the literacy curriculum. Literacy plays a massive part in all other curricular areas too. Last year, I used literacy stations and found them very effective. The children loved the different stations and a lot of different areas were covered in a short amount of time.
Novels are a great focus for a reading lesson. In this post, I’ll share some tips and ideas that I’ve used when teaching a novel. Hopefully you’ll find something useful. Reading Teacher reads Students read aloud Students read silently (together in class) Students read at home I usually read the novel as the children enjoy […]
Sequencing Stories is a downloadable PDF from Easy Learn. I’ve been using the resources for the last 2 weeks and have found them really beneficial in the resource room.
I was thinking of some new ideas that could be used in January and thought about stations. These would be fun, minimal prep activities that could be used daily/weekly that might give a focus to a certain time in the school day (first thing in the morning/after break/after lunch/just before hometime or just add something […]
Writing is a huge part of the curriculum. Some children love writing stories and others often don’t know where to start. There is so many different things to think of when a child sits down to write; Capital letters; at the start of the sentence, for peoples names, for I, for place names Full stops, exclamation marks, questions […]