Back to School Preparations

I always feel the children coming into me are such 'babies'. The 5th class children that I have just said goodbye to are matured and ready for 6th class, where as the children coming into me are little 4th class children. "They can't do anything! Last year's class weren't this bad", are a few of the complaints my fellow staff members will have to listen to from me for the first few weeks. We'll get into the swing of things soon enough hopefully!I do try and switch off for summer as I find teaching takes up all my time during the year. I'm a divil for getting lost in a rabbit hole of Twitter and Pinterest ideas about teaching. So I'm slowly beginning to wean myself back on in preparation for my new band of kiddies next week.I'm a stickler for organisation, so I make sure that in terms of classroom prep I have all drawers/trays/areas labelled in my...

Group Work and Noise

Group work and active learning, buzzwords and they will always be buzzwords and so they should be! Group work has an integral part to play in the Irish classroom. It is one of the key methodologies of each Curriculum subject but how do we do it?My first advice is to establish some ground rules…Why? Because, things can and will get out of hand in a pretty vocal and disruptive way that prevents the children from learning and also prevents the teacher from carrying out the lesson objective. What type of rules would benefit group work? They will no doubt be personal to you as a teacher and also personal to your classroom. It depends on if you have the “noisy but hard working” class or the ” quiet and unmotivated” class… Noise is fine but noise is not fine if it leaves some of the children and adults in the classroom with a headache and...

CowCow.com Stamps

I recently shared some images on my Instagram and Facebook accounts about stamps I have designed and purchased from cowcow.com. I had a lot of interest from followers about these and people were asking about my designs. I originally designed and purchased these stamps back in 2016 and they are still going strong! I am now teaching in a school where I am called Múinteoir XXX so the original stamps don't have the same effectiveness. I also wanted ones that give more constructive feedback to save me from constantly writing the same comments over and over. I have found the children respond quicker to stamps (well at least they read them!)I contacted cowcow about sharing these designs. The only way was to set up a store. After a bit of time, googling and editing, I managed to put something together. Check it out here. One of the offers I availed of...

Guest Post: Edit Column Long Term Planning for the Class Teacher

Long Term Planning for the Class Teacher This month we have a special article from our top seller on Mash.ie: Top Teaching Resources. This article explains how to work at long term planning with the new Primary Language Curriculum. Enjoy! Top Teaching Resources One of the biggest jobs that a class teacher can do over the summer to prepare for September is to get their long-term planning started. The requirement for written notes for primary teachers has been in place for a long time. Rule 126 of the 1965 Rules for National Schools states that teachers are required at the beginning of the school year to prepare a definite and detailed scheme of work in each subject suited to the needs of their pupils. However, the demands in terms of level of detail and complexity of these plans seems to be ever increasing, and...