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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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April 22, 2019
Teaching Practice Tips 2019

Write your lesson plans in bullet point format. It is quicker and also easier for readers to follow and read.   Pick your themes and stick to them! Don’t overthink things. A simple theme can be very effective with a few resources at hand.   Try to have lots of hands on resources in your […]

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April 6, 2019
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 creative! I was actually taken […]

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April 6, 2019
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. It also looks good on your CV to […]

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April 6, 2019
Primary School Interview Questions 2019 Ireland

Hi everyone, I have a few interview questions posts on my blog but my most recent one was 2016 so I thought it time to do a more updated one! Tell us about your teaching career to date. Have you any special interests? What special qualities could you bring to the school? What is your […]

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April 6, 2019
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 who was raised in […]

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April 5, 2019
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 and topics […]

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March 10, 2019
Teaching using Australia as a Theme

Hi everyone! I am reading Kensuke's Kingdom with my class at the moment. When we finish it we will tie it in with the theme of Australia. Here is what I hope to cover: Geography: Find Australia on a map. Discuss how far from Ireland it is, how much bigger it is, etc. Compare and […]

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February 19, 2019
Back to School after Maternity Leave

So I am a week in, after being off for nine months! And it feels as though I had never left! Everyone said it would feel like that but I didn't believe them. But it really does. People also told me the thought of returning would be worse than the actual reality- this was also […]

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January 19, 2019
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 help with starting their writing tasks. Dedicate at least 5 minutes […]

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January 10, 2019
Streamlining your Teaching

We all know how the single most important part of our job is teaching the children, this is our job. Unfortunately there is a lot more to it than that! In this new series, I will be talking about ways we can streamline our planning and workload. Let's first take a look at what we […]

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January 10, 2019
Behaviour Management

If you are on teaching placement, one of the biggest challenges to overcome is behaviour management. This is just a post on what has worked for me in my teaching experience so far, different things work for everyone but this is just my way of doing things, five years in to my teaching career. (only […]

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January 8, 2019
Transitions between Lessons

Transitions between lessons are a very important part of classroom management. Do your students start talking the minute their books are closed, holding up the beginning of the next lesson? Or are they involved in a purposeful transitional exercise? I have used Go Noodle for years but I think it may be time to retire […]

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January 7, 2019
Water Theme

'Water' is always very popular as an overarching theme on teaching practice and for lesson plans in general. I myself haven't used because I much prefer narrow more focused themes. I will share some ways 'water' can be integrated as a theme for the Arts subjects for 1st and 2nd class. I usually base my […]

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