Does a ‘perfect’ school exist?

What is a perfect school? Is there really such a thing? I’ve worked in lots of different schools both as a substitute teacher and as a member of staff and to be honest I think every school has lots of positives and some negatives too. I look back fondly on some of the schools I’ve […]

Prizes from Mol an Óige

I was delighted to receive some prizes and certificates from Mol an Óige yesterday. Mol an Óige has a huge range of stickers, pencils, badges, bookmarks, certificates, rulers, reward charts, stampers, wristbands, erasers – everything you need for stocking up your prize box! Last year I waited until after the Easter holidays before using prizes […]

Growth Mindset – Olympians

I spent the evening down in Dun Laoghaire celebrating the homecoming of Annalise Murphy – the olympic silver medallist. Growth mindset is something I used a lot in my classroom last year and is a huge skill for children to learn. It’s important for children and adults to realise that we will experience failure and […]

Some maths equipment for the Resource Room

I try to have lots of different concrete materials in the resource room for Maths. This makes the learning more enjoyable and fun for the children. Many children learn best when they are doing hands on activities but these materials can be very expensive. Most of the items I use are inexpensive and some are […]

Recreate Ireland; Creativity through Reuse

Last week as I was browsing Facebook a post from Recreate Ireland popped up on my page – I had previously liked the page and I knew my school had a membership but that was about all I knew so I clicked onto their page and was really interested in learning more about them. I […]

Planning for NQT’s

  Planning is a vital part of being a teacher. Planning and Preparation is one of the criteria for successful completion of your NQT year therefore it is very important.

Classroom Layout Ideas

There are so many different ways to arrange your classroom furniture. I’ve made a document with 7 different ideas arranging the tables for group work or working independently. I have also coloured them – showing different groupings. My personal favourite is Slide 4 as it lends itself to group and independent work! You can download […]

Dealz; School Supplies

I headed to the Square in Tallaght yesterday as I wanted to go to Debenhams. I had to go to Dealz while I was there. The shop was packed – there was barely enough space to walk around as everyone was grabbing bargains. The ‘Back to School’ aisle was manic with people picking up everything […]

School facilities -what does your space look like?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as I’ll be sharing a room in September. When I worked between two schools as a resource/learning support teacher I had a huge room in one school and in the second school I had a room under the stairs- like a broom closet. I felt a bit […]