I hope you are all well and looking forward to another week of school/subbing. I had my last day with the class I have been with for the past six and a half weeks on Friday. It was very hard to leave them, I had become very much attached! I always do, I suppose as a substitute teacher that is not a good idea! I have another week in the same school however, which is great. I have 2nd class, and I get to use story books and puppets again so it’s a nice change.
We had a little party on Friday to mark my last day. I gave each child a little certificate and prize. I ordered this merit certificate book from. http://www.prim-ed.com/ It has certificates for everything you can imagine, so there is something for everyone.
Here are some pictures:
The boys were delighted with them, and they were a cool, not easily impressed fourth class! There are over 130 reproducible copy masters, and they are in black and white which will save a fortune on ink. I coloured mine in myself, and Tom helped too. 😉
There are awards for English, maths, science, PE, the arts, good behaviour/effort, work habits, listening skills. Special awards and good work awards. I am so happy to have the merit certificate book, no more internet searching for me!
So, I plan to enjoy my last guaranteed week of school to the max, have a great week everyone!
NEW PRIMARY MATHS CURRICULUM - MY RESERVATIONS & CONCERNS
Just over two weeks ago, I published a post entitled My Reservations about the New Primary Mathematics Curriculum. That post generated such publicity and discussion that I decided to follow it up with a second post, both to clarify some of the points in the first post, and to add some new information that has come to my attention.
I must say, I have been amazed by the responses that I have received from teachers, all of whom have very supportive of my position and my views. Míle buíochas as bhur dtacaíocht!
Most interesting of all, were the private messages that I was sent from some teachers whose schools are involved in the piloting/consultation phase of the new curriculum. These were unwilling to be quoted as they feared there might be repercussions. Suffice to say that they agreed with the points expressed and they felt that their concerns were also not being taken on board.
Read on here:
Please share and tag fellow teachers. Míle buíochas.