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My Advice to an NQT at this Time of Year

My Advice to an NQT at this Time of Year

I am qualified five years since April so I am no longer an NQT teacher! It feels like I still am to be honest! I sometimes look at teachers who are teaching 15/20 years plus and I just admire them so much, they're always so knowledgeable, so calm and so good at what...

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Múinteoir Valerie’s Guide : The Interview Process

Hi everyone, I am so taken back by the almost 700 likes, shares and comments on my Facebook status about my new interview guide. I published my first book , 'Múinteoir Valerie's Guide to Primary Teaching' three years ago. That was my last big project, teaching wise. I...

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Teaching ‘Blackbird’ by The Beatles

I played the song first and we listened. Then I played it again and the children responded via art. The children drew the most amazing pictures. (third and fourth class) I was so surprised. All that came in to my head was a blackbird singing, but there's were all so...

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Fun Initiatives for Teaching

There are a number of initiatives you can take part in as a teacher and the benefits are many. First, though there is a small amount of paperwork involved, it actually helps with your planning, gives you ideas, structure and makes it more meaningful for your students....

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The Butterfly Lion By Michael Morpurgo

This is the latest Morpurgo novel I am reading with my third and fourth class and we are enjoying it. We read Kensuke's Kingdom prior to this and it was more geared towards fourth class level, whereas The Butterfly Lion is more for third. It is based on a young boy...

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Third and Fourth Class Daily Routine

Hello everyone! I am finally back writing a blog post! Tom is putting Lara to bed so I have a night downstairs for the first time in months. I am beside myself with excitement and have tea and a variety of treats beside me, ah the excitement! I have had so many ideas...

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Teaching a Narrative Step by Step

Set Up a Writing Station: paper, blank postcards , envelopes, pens, pencils, sticky notes etc.22 Use a Writer’s Notebook - each student needs their own notebook. Allow students to create a cover for their notebook Use prompt cards for the children who need a little...

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