Recent Posts

July 16, 2019
A Guide to the NQT Year

Hi everyone and welcome to my new website! I hope you find it easy to navigate and use! A huge thank you to my website designer Craig Kearney for working his magic once again. So, as you know I released my second publication and my first Ebook 'A Guide to Primary School Interviews' back in […]

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June 25, 2019
FoodOppi Summer Courses

We have all probably seen Foodoppi’s lovely recipes in the INTO magazine each month over the last couple of year or even spotted their nationwide STEM campaign with Avonmore & SuperMilk ‘Super Science Experiment’ in our schools this year. I have teamed up with Aisling and Louise to get them to tell you a little […]

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June 14, 2019
Balancing Teaching, Motherhood and Blogging!

Prior to having Lara and becoming a mother, I had very little balance in my life. I spent so much time on school stuff and my blog! It probably wasn't healthy and definitely not sustainable! I was so used to just having an idea pop into my head and sitting down on my laptop whenever […]

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June 11, 2019
Applying for a Post Grad Information

Hello everyone! I had a lot of questions this evening about applying for Hibernia and other post grad courses. I will answer them here instead of on instagram as I prefer typing on a laptop than on my phone! The most important thing is to write an excellent application and to know it inside out-in […]

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June 9, 2019
Let's Talk Literacy Review!

Hello teachers! Another day, another review! I hope these are helping you decide on schemes- it is such a big commitment! English is my favourite subject to teach and literacy is my passion- so I decided to have a look at Let's Talk Literacy today. So, the details are below. The workbooks are quite substantial […]

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June 7, 2019
Supplementary Panel Explanation

I have had so many queries about the panel. I never had to use my panel rights as I got a permanent job before I actually had any panel rights as it was clear, but I found this information on the INTO website and the Education.ie page. The Supplementary Panel is used to make appointments […]

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June 4, 2019
Explore With Me - New SESE Programme by EDCO.

Explore with Me available from Junior Infants to Second Class is a new SESE programme by EDCO. EDCO asked me to review this new programme and after having first and second class for two years without any set SESE programme, I was interested to see what this involved. I usually just gather SESE resources myself, […]

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May 27, 2019
Sounds like Phonics by CJ Fallon

Sounds like Phonics is a brand new phonics programme from CJ Fallon. We had some samples delivered to our school for the infant teacher so I decided to have a look and let you know what I think! I will just give an overview first of what is included and then my own personal opinion […]

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May 27, 2019
Rainbow Reading Programme for 3rd to 6th Class

This was the review I enjoyed writing the most because it is a programme I feel is desperately needed for the senior classes. I have sample readers for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class and having taught all these classes, I would happily use this programme. As you know I am not always a fan […]

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May 27, 2019
Rainbow Oral Language Scheme

I have been pouring over the new oral language Engish scheme from CJ Fallon called 'Rainbow'.  We are planning on changing schemes this year and upgrading from good old Winchilla and Globby *(THANK GOD!!) We has a staff meeting and had a look through the various programmes now available. So I thought I would share […]

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May 27, 2019
Rainbow Reading Programme for Junior Infants to Second Class

Hi everyone, Welcome to the first installment of my reviews of the new English schemes. I am splitting the programme by CJ Fallon into three blog posts as there's a good bit to it and I don't want the reviews to be too long! So the first review is The Rainbow Reading Programme for Junior […]

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May 20, 2019
Teaching Seminar in Ennis!

Hello everyone! Since releasing my Interview Guide a few weeks ago, I have had a few requests for a CV workshop/seminar. Now I am not an expert, but I have committed a lot of time to this side of teaching which others don't always see, the sheer amount of work involved in the period of […]

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May 17, 2019
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 they do. […]

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May 14, 2019
June Activity Booklet

Teaching in May and June is different to teaching any other time of year. The copies and books are becoming tattered with covers falling off, pencils are hard to come by, and the text books are all finished up.  It is a time to revise all that was learned throughout the year, and to start […]

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May 4, 2019
Writing Genres-Report Writing

Report writing is one of my favourite genres. It is an easy enough one to teach and it integrates and links well with science. There's also loads of online resources on this genre to help a busy teacher. I like to do animal reports with my class. This is how I would teach report writing: […]

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April 26, 2019
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 published that book in both hard and […]

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April 26, 2019
My Teaching Formula

i really believe that every teacher has their own unique teaching formula. It took me a few years to hone mine but I feel like I have perfected my personal teaching formula! Here's exactly what I need to teach and to teach well. Discipline- for myself and the children. It is so important to be […]

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April 22, 2019
April 2019

A teacher wrote an article for the Irish --- today. It was a very brave thing to do, as teacher bashing is almost a sport now in the online media world. Her article was very well written and all to the point and factual. I shouldn’t have but I read the comments underneath and they […]

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