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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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January 7, 2019
Prim Ed Early Years Maths Box Review

Prim Ed recently sent me the Early Years Maths Box to review. I was interested to see it as I had used the Maths Box previously with my first and second class. It worked really well for maths stations. The Maths Box series is a set of seven boxes of cards, one for each class from […]

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January 5, 2019
Drama Warm Ups and Circle Games from Primary Resources

Circle Games The Wind Blows This is a good game for mixing up cliques and a variation of fruit bowl which you already know. Put chairs in a circle. Turn one chair to face out. Choose someone to stand in the middle. They (or you) can call: “ The wind blows for……….. everyone wearing a […]

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January 5, 2019
PE Warm Up Games

1 Mirroring Choose one partner to start doing various motions. They can kick, move their harms, spin around, or do any other motions. The child’s partner will try to mirror their motions. You can set a time limit and when the time is up, the partners can trade places and the child who was doing […]

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January 3, 2019
Country Study-China

Country Study as a theme- China   Studying countries thematically is a good way to ensure linkage and integration when teaching. The Chinese New Year is this month so I thought China would be a good example for some ideas to teach thematically. English: Reading: reading comprehensions about china. Oral language: presenting facts about china […]

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December 17, 2018
Teaching Placement and Wellness Seminar 2019

Hi everyone! I can't believe it has been three years since my last seminar! Well I am back for seminar number seven!This one is a little different as it is a seminar mostly for advice and support on teaching placement but also wellness and ways to look after yourself during this hectic time. The seminar […]

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November 22, 2018
Self Care for Teachers

The days are getting shorter, the evenings darker and school is busier than ever for some. Parent teacher meetings, the frantic lead up to the Christmas play, and the day to day business of school. Lots of teachers find they are exhausted by the 23rd of December, which isn't good as we want to be […]

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November 21, 2018
Persuasive Writing Guide

Have students listen to or read examples of persuasive writing. Together, listen and look for words that helped the writer persuade the listener. Brainstorm something that is important to the class, e.g. should we get a class pet? Once the important topic is chosen, have the class start to list reasons why they should be […]

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November 14, 2018
Planning Hacks for the Busy Teacher

Oh planning, some of us love it, some of us loathe it. I used to love planning for school. I still do but since having Lara I don’t have quite so much time on my hands! Life is SO busy with a baby, I am kind of worried about working full time again! I mean […]

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November 14, 2018
Novel Study - Holes

Hi everyone, If you are a regular reader you will know that I am a huge fan of the humble novel. There's such an excess of resources available now for English, when really I think we need to pull back and stick with the basics. When I had fifth and sixth class I centered all […]

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November 13, 2018
Guided Reading

My absolute favourite subject to teach is English. There is so much to our English curriculum however, between reading lessons, writing lessons, the new oral language curriculum, it is full on. I aim to do a series of posts about the teaching of English in primary school because it is where my passion really lies. […]

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November 13, 2018
Teacher on Maternity Leave

I am almost finished my paid maternity leave- only one week left! I can't believe how fast it has gone. Luckily I am taking two months unpaid so I will return in February. I just feel at only almost five months Lara is too small to leave just yet. And it would be bedlam going […]

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November 9, 2018
Anokha Learning-School Programme

Anokha Learning also offer Online Wellbeing Courses and are suitable for all school staff – Teachers, Special Needs Assistants/Classroom Assistants, Home School Community Liaison Officers, Newly Qualified Teachers, Principals, Vice Principals, School Leaders, Boards of Management, Administration Staff, Caretakers and After School Club Leaders. Choose from: Calm Bootcamp Emotional & Mental Health Fitness Eatwise Nutrition […]

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November 9, 2018
Anokha Learning- Calm Boot Camp

Calm Bootcamp   Hi guys, This summer I chose to do all my summer courses with Anokha learning. Lara was born in June so I didn’t know if I would have the time to do all three courses as I normally do. I did though, by the skin of my teeth! The fact that the […]

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November 8, 2018
Novel Study-Chapter One

I used to love reading novels with 5th and 6th class. You can get so much out of one novel and the opportunities for linkage and integration are endless. In this post I will include some generic teaching ideas you can use with any novel to get you started. This is all what I would […]

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November 8, 2018
Parent Teacher Meetings

I think we all remember our first parent teacher meeting! I always dread the long day (working until five!) Here's some things I do to make this time of year easier! Have a thermal cup for tea on your desk. Have a selection of your favourite chocolate treats in your top drawer. Have a template […]

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