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December 10, 2019
Surviving the Christmas Craziness!

One teacher and a class of up to thirty young children in the lead up to Christmas is not easy! The excitement is palpable at this stage and it is common for teachers to give in and go with the flow of excitement. Try not to though unless you want these to weeks to feel […]

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December 10, 2019
An Account of My First Term in my ASD Class

When I was told last June that I would be taking over the junior ASD class, I felt so nervous, simply because like many other teachers, I didn't feel confident enough, I hadn't completed many courses in ASD, I had never worked in this area before, and I was just overwhelmed. I always like to […]

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November 23, 2019
Science Blast Update

We had our Science Blast meeting this week. We discussed Science Blast and what it entails. We looked it up on the interactive whiteboard, discussed the logo, and watched the short clip of the children from Castleknock NS who shared loads of interesting scientific questions! I distributed post its to the class and each child […]

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November 13, 2019
ESB Science Blast

I recently signed up to bring third and fourth class in my school to the Science Blast Science Fair in the RDS. I have Junior ASD this year , and the Science Blast is only for third- sixth class so the third and fourth class teacher has kindly agreed to let me work with her […]

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November 5, 2019
The New Language Curriculum 2019

We attended our in-service day just before midterm for the NLC. We had a really informative and helpful facilitator who made everything much , much clearer to me. I took a lot of notes which I'll share here! The NLC is a language learning experience and does not recommend any one template- once it contains […]

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October 19, 2019
A week of pictures in my Junior ASD Classroom.

My goodness this was the fastest week ever. If they all keep going like this it’ll be Christmas before we know it! We had a busy week in school. We had the photographer in at the start of the week which threw our routine a little, but you just have to accept these things will […]

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October 17, 2019
Fine and Gross Motor Skills Plan

Fine motor skills: continue building these through use of: pom poms and pegs pushing Lego blocks together (and pulling them apart) manipulating play dough practicing getting dressed with belts, buttons, zippers and snaps objects Sticking high interest stickers on pages Painting with sponges cut into very small pieces Gross Motor Skills: Toss bean bags into […]

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October 9, 2019
Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair came to our school last month. We have the book fair every year and I always enjoy it! I love seeing the hallway full of bright and colourful posters and books. The children love it too. The Scholastic Book Fair really encourages reading and I think this is so so important […]

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October 9, 2019
The History Box by Colm Wallace- A Review by Valerie King

The History Box arrived in school for me a few weeks ago. I was excited to receive it as I had heard about it online and I thought it looked really impressive. I waited a while to review it to give it my full time and as there’s a lot in it, it took some […]

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September 22, 2019
Term One So Far!

I can't believe we are near the end of September and I am only doing my school update now. Truth be told I am just finding life very busy at the moment! Good busy though! Very often my posts offer advice and sharing of ideas to other teachers. I started in my new role as […]

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September 13, 2019
Mrs Mactivity Website and Resources!

I was recently asked by the lovely owner of Mrs Mactivity to have a look at her site. I am sure most of you have heard of it by now but basically it is a a site similar to well known sites which you pay a subscription to and can download unlimited resources from. The […]

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September 8, 2019
Teaching Placement Themes- Junior and Senior Infants

Hello everyone! I always forget that lots of people are new to my blog, I have been writing here for so long now I forget that some of my posts from years ago are too far back for new readers! If you google múinteoir valerie and teaching practice then they should come up. Anyway, long […]

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September 7, 2019
Story Books and Novels for Second Class

I have used story books with 1st class all the way up to 6th class. You are never too old for a good story book! I adore picture books, and would just teach using these for the whole year if I could.Novels are a firm favourite too. This post includes a list of story books […]

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September 7, 2019
September Essentials

So you have one week down, and if like me you are still frantically chasing your tail, then fear not! This list is not exhaustive, but it contains the things I would personally prioritise for this busy time. if you are an NQT you need to have your weekly plan done. There's no excuses for […]

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September 3, 2019
Dublin Teaching Placement Seminar

Hello everyone, I am having a seminar in The Hills Cricket Club on the 28th of January, from 12- 3pm. I chose this weekend because I know a lot of you will have completed a week of placement at this stage and will know what you need to work on, what you would like advice/assistance […]

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August 13, 2019
NQT Pack From Prim Ed Publishing

NQT PACK - 3RD CLASS Price:€65.00€129.70Quantity: I posted a photo of this NQT Pack on Instagram last week and had a few questions .  Books included in the pack are: Science: A STEM Approach - Teaching Writing Strategies - Bright Stars Quizzes - Problem-solving Strategies and Skills: Statistics and Chance - Problem-solving Strategies and Skills: Measurement and Geometry - Problem-solving Strategies and Skills: Number […]

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August 7, 2019
Maths Stations in the Senior Classes

Maths stations is a lovely way to involve your class in active , hands on maths activities. Maths stations work best if you have at least one other adult in the room, so it may be a good way to use your in class support if you have any. Remember only use stations after direct […]

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August 5, 2019
Setting up your Classroom

Please don't go into your classroom in August! Or at least in early August. I am the biggest nerd I know and even I don't do that. But if you are starting in September with your first ever class and first ever classroom, then I know the excitement and fun involved with setting up your […]

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