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10 Pirate Puns to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Aaar)

Hold on to your pirate hat, these puns are so bad your class will make you walk the plank:

  1. How do pirates know that they are pirates? They think, therefore they ARRRR!!!!!
  2. How do pirates make phone calls? On their Aye Phones
  3. Pirates are very healthy as they get a lot of vitamin sea.
  4. What do you call a pirate ship shivering at the bottom of the sea? A nervous wreck.
  5. What did the pirate say when he became an octogenarian? Aye matey years old
  6. How did the pirate find out he needed glasses? He went for an aye test.
  7. What’s a pirate’s favourite type of music? Rum and Bass.
  8. What did the pirate say when his leg got stuck in the freezer? Shiver me timbers.
  9. Why did nobody want to play cards with the pirate? Because he was standing on the deck.
  10. How do pirates communicate with each other? Aye to aye.

Prepared and Planned: Get yourself classroom ready for the new school year

Going back to school after the summer holidays can be really exciting, anxiety-ridden, and a busy time for teachers. We hope you have spent the summer recharging and renewing yourself. It is really important for that to happen as the start of the school year is probably the most important and stressful time!

More experienced teachers have a good idea of what they need to do to get ready for the new school year. They might plan to make a few small changes to their overall approach. Less experienced teachers might decide to completely overhaul how they teach based on their smaller amount of experience. 

But no matter where you are in your career, here are some tips that will help you ease that transition back to school quickly and nicely.

Be Prepared

This is the most important element of teaching. Teaching is not a 9am to 3pm job as many people outside of teaching think! It is always a good idea to have at least the first day planned out for you and your students. This will make the year run smoother and your students will feel more comfortable knowing their teacher is prepared and confident. It doesn’t matter how experienced or new you are, every teacher needs to have their planning up to date!

I usually type up a plan of the day alongside resources or photocopies I might need detailed. I usually don’t start off with any formal curriculum teacher, instead choosing to focus on ice breaker type games and setting up how the classroom will run in terms of expectations for behaviour, attitude, learning, etc. I keep the activities fun and short and give plenty of time for the students to talk to each other in between.  

One of our sellers, @foodfortaught has a fun icebreaker activity called “Human Bingo” for sale. This would be ideal for an older class. 

Múinteoir Preschool has a cute poem and handprint activity for younger children. It is always nice for the parents to have a memory like this and for the child to be able to talk about their day in response to it. 

Be Planned!

After the first few days of observing and speaking to your class and last year’s teacher, you will start to build up a picture of your class. This is when you need to sit down and start your planning, long and short-term. I have been very fortunate that I was able to work with my partner teacher and we divided up the long-term plans for each curriculum subject between us. We then met every fortnight to discuss the next fortnight’s teaching aims and planning. If you can set this up, it is a real help and support for both you and your classes. 

We have thousands of different styles and types of long and short term plans on our website all painstakingly crafted by our wonderful mash teacher sellers! I like to look at another teacher’s long terms or short terms for an idea of where to go, what to leave in and what to put out whereas some of my other teacher friends prefer to use the plans as they are and then adapt when they have used them in the class with their own children. 

Múinteoir Penny has some gorgeous long term plans in numeracy, Gaeilge for Infants if you are stuck Múinteoir Ni Cheallaigh has some heavily details long terms plans for all subjects including the new Primary Language Curriculum here 

I wish you the very best of luck with the new year. Keep an eye out on our website as we constantly have new plans being uploaded. Who knows, one day you could be uploading your own resources to help other teachers too!


Who is Dr. Treasa Bowe?

We are very excited that Dr. Treasa Bowe is going to be joining us for a Back to School live webinar with a special focus on literacy. There’s probably nothing Treasa doesn’t know about literacy so we thought we’d let you know a little bit about who she is.

Dr Treasa Bowe is a primary school teacher from Cork with over 20 years teaching experience; 17 years in Ireland and most recently five years teaching in KIPP Endeavor College Prep, Los Angeles, California. Across her career Treasa has had keen and special interest in the area of literacy with her Masters research centred on Comprehension Strategy Instruction (CSI). Treasa was a pivotal member of the team that developed the highly regarded comprehension programme Building Bridges of Understanding (Mary Immaculate College, 2009).

Treasa’s PhD research focused on the role of on-site continuing professional developing in promoting a whole school approach to CSI. More recently Treasa has become better known on Instagram as @betweenthecoversofagoodbook , where she shares her extensive knowledge about literacy, and picture books on a daily basis.

There’s Something Wrong with the Product I Ordered

Most of the time, when you order something online, it’s a straightforward process. However, sometimes, something goes wrong. We thought we’d try and help by creating this quick post to show you how to resolve any issues you might have. Lots more can be found in our dedicated help section too!

Unfortunately we have no control over the quality of what goes up on However, like many sites similar to this, you can leave a review to warn people off other users from buying the product. Another option is to contact the seller with the problem you have. Here is how to do this: 

  • Step 1: Go to the product page that you bought
  • Step 2: Click on the button “Seller Info”
  • Step 3: Click on the seller’s name. This will bring you to the seller’s store.
  • Step 4: You will see a contact form on the right hand side. Fill this in and the seller should be in touch with you within a couple of days.
  • Step 5: If you do not hear back from the seller, you can issue a Refund request.
  • Step 6: If the seller does not come back to you within another 2 days, contact us and we will intervene then but most problems are usually resolved by then!

As a general guide, we ask you to observe the following timelines for resolutions:

  1. If you get in touch the Seller directly during the school holidays, maybe give them an extra day or two in case they are away.
  2. When you contact our helpdesk, please make sure you provide your purchase Order Number. We will try to resolve your issue with the Seller ASAP
  3. If we cannot resolve the issue, we usually offer a refund*

*While we will always do our best to be fair to customers, unfortunately, we cannot refund a purchase unless there is something wrong with the product itself. So, to avoid disappointment, please make sure to check a product thoroughly before ordering it.

We can also only refund customers if a product is no longer available on the site up to 90 days after purchase. Please make sure to download your purchase as soon as possible after buying it.

Please do not use PayPal dispute service until you have followed our complaints’ process. If you do use PayPal’s service instead of’s process and Mash loses money as a result of this, your account will be terminated. While we don’t like doing this, we cannot be out of pocket because our policies haven’t been followed. We try to be absolutely fair in all transactions and will issue a refund in all genuine cases.

How to join the Partner Programme

We are always trying to make Mash a better experience for sellers. We’ve been piloting a Partner Programme with a few of our sellers to see how it works over the last 6 months and we’re happy to share it with you. Better yet, it’s completely free for sellers and there are genuinely no catches.

What is the Partner Programme?

Let’s say you have a blog, a website, a Facebook Page or an Instagram account, you may or may not have a link to your Mash store on it. We want to encourage you to link to Mash by offering you an extra 5% commission on any sales we make from customers you send our way…Even if the products they buy aren’t ones you created!

So how does it work? Well, when you sign up to the Partner Programme, you will be given a special link to your store, which you can share with your friends or followers on social media. You’ll then receive a 5% commission of any sales that come via that link, including sales of any other products that come via that same customer visit to

Crucially with the partner programme, the Seller isn’t affected in any way. We’ve designed the scheme so that your commission comes out of our end, not yours. And this comes on top of Mash already offering the most generous seller/platform split in Ireland.

As well as being a great way to increase revenue and monetise your online profile, we believe the Partner Programme is a great way for Irish Teachers to create a strong network of support with one another. It’s not only good for you and good for us, it’s also good for the seller and the Irish Teaching community.

How do I join?

You might already have been signed up by us as we’ve automatically added many of our sellers to the Programme to save you time. If you have you will likely have received an email from us about this at this point. If not, simply click here and you can sign up straight away.


It’s very easy to sign up but there is one really important step you need to be aware of to ensure you get your commission.

When you are signing up, you’ll be asked for a Referral ID. The ID that you need to put into this field is the username of your Store. So, for example, if the full address of your store is: then your referral ID needs to be muinteoir-clodagh.

Once you have logged into your account, you’ll need to find the link that you want to share. There are two options that you can choose and you can get to both of them in the same way. The first step is to log into your account and you’ll be greeted with a screen like the one below:

There’s quite a bit going on on the page but don’t worry about that for now! Let’s get straight to finding your personal link.

The first step is to find the Campaigns Menu on the left. This will open up a screen with one option and you’ll need to click Show 2 banners.

Inside here you’ll find what you are looking for. It might look a bit complicated but it really isn’t, (We promise!)

You’ll see two of these boxes:

The only thing that you need to be interested in is the link in the middle of the boxes, the one starting followed by a lot of gobbledegook! So finally, here are your two options.

Link to

The first option simply links to the front page of This is mainly useful to non-sellers on Mash or sellers on Mash that simply want to link to the homepage of the site rather than their store page for any reason.

Link to your Store Page

The second option will be most popular with sellers as this automatically is generated to your Store page. This will bring customers to your Store Page.

What next?

After that, there isn’t much left to do but wait for the money to start rolling in. We generally will pay out once you’ve reached €100 in sales. There is a small fee for PayPal but it shouldn’t be any more than €2. Depending on how much you earn with Mash, please make sure to check if you need to register for VAT.

You can check your account at any time by logging in and we’re always happy to answer any questions you have.

Black Friday 2021

Black Friday takes place on Friday, 26th November 2021. We asked our sellers if they were doing any deals on the day. We’re listing them here from Monday 22nd November. Check back during the week for more offers!

Guinea Pig Education – 25% off all teaching products with code ‘BlackFri25’

Oideachas na hÉireann – up to 27% off lesson plans 

Múinteoir Grace – 25% off all products

TheFourEyedTeacher – 50% off from Wednesday to Saturday

TeachingMadeEasy – 20% off all products

Misslorakatesshop – 30% off everything 

teachnchatter – 20% off all products

The Teacher Student – 30% off everything with the code: FRIDAY30TTS Thursday 25th to Tuesday November 30th.

teacher_elaine_ – 20% off all products

Check out these sellers who have told us they have some offers coming up for Black Friday – For the Love of Literacy, Sióg sa seomra, and Class of Creativity

Also, check out Rhyming Multisensory Stories who are doing a free, full resourced step-by-step multi-sensory story for Christmas called Dear Santa. It’s aimed at children and teenagers with special educational needs. Here’s the link

Getting to know our webinar guests

We can’t wait for our webinar next Thursday, 26th August, which will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook Live. We thought you might want to get to know our featured guests a little better. Each of our featured sellers will be giving away one of their products at the webinar. Find out what you could win!

My name is Adam Barrett and this will be my 3rd year teaching. I qualified from Mary Immaculate College in 2019 and worked as a Special Education Teacher for 2 years. This year I will be teaching 2nd class, and have a passion for all things inclusion and special education.

Adam is giving away his most popular resource: his SET teaching guide. 

The Primary Teacher Interview Consultancy was established to help teachers, at any stage of their career, in any educational setting, engage in interview preparation and guidance, to realise and achieve their full potential. The consultancy has many consultation plans which cater for those of all levels of experience and self-confidence within the area of teaching interviews.We are here to support you, through 1:1 consultations, webinars and mock interviews, to ensure that you achieve your goals. 

Maria is giving away her most popular resource, 30 buzzwords and what they mean:

Grace is a Mary Immaculate College graduate with three years of classroom experience. Her special interests are Gaeilge and supporting substitute teachers. Grace enjoys creating high quality and innovative resources to support her fellow teachers and has a wide array of products on her store Múinteoir Grace 💜

Grace is giving away her most popular resource this evening, it’s her Subbing Essential Toolkit

Claire is one of’s top rated sellers and focuses on providing extremely high-quality planning documents for primary teachers. She runs a Facebook and Instagram page, as well as a teaching blog. Claire has a decade of experience spanning mainstream, SET, EAL and management. She will be teaching an ASD class in September.

Claire is giving away her most downloaded product on to one lucky teacher. 

These are the Primary Language Curriculum PLC Fortnightly Plan Template and Sample for both English and Irish. The winner can choose their class level.  

Michelle Lyons-Doyle is an experienced autism class teacher and is also parent to an autistic child. She is passionate about special education and catering to the unique needs of autistic children. 

Michelle set up Star Star Autism as a page to share information and ideas with other teachers and SNAs, and to chronicle the ups and downs of life as a parent. 

Michelle is passionate about the need for a respectful, strengths-based approach in special education and believes that neurodiversity should be celebrated.

Michelle is giving away her most popular resource which is her Visual Schedule Symbol pack

Ciara is a Third Class teacher in an Educate Together school.  She has taught Senior Infants, First Class, Third Class and SET.  Ciara is passionate about inclusive, multicultural education and makes resources that help teachers to create a positive and welcoming learning space for all students.  

Ciara is giving away her most popular resource which are her conversation cards 

Coming Soon: Back to School Webinar

We’re delighted to be running a Back to School Webinar near the end of August.

Last year we held two super webinars for teachers heading back to school. The first was centred around COVID19 mitigation measures and what teachers could expect. The second was all about infant education.

The webinar will take place on 26th August from 7:30pm. It will consist of 3 parts with 6 of our top sellers chatting with the Mash Team about everything from Special Education Teaching to setting up a Side Hustle as a teacher.

Why not save the date on your calendar here:

Something BIG is coming to Mash

Just wanted to let you know that some big changes are coming to

Over the coming days, we’ll be transforming our site with a whole new look and feel, changes that will not only make it easier to find the educational resources you’re looking for, but also see exactly what you’re getting. And by adding some new payment options and improving security, we’ll be making our check-out experience much more convenient too.

However, there is a small downside. To make these improvements, we need to take Mash offline for 2 days and you won’t be able to buy any products from us during this time.

To minimise disruption, we’ve scheduled the changes to occur from 13th to 14th July, our least busy summer holiday period, so on the off chance you’re looking for educational resources during this time, we apologise for any inconvenience.

We promise the changes will definitely be worth the wait, so please bear with us, we’ll be back up and running by the 14th July.

Preparing for an Interview

Useful Language & 5 Topics to Consider


“The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare”

Preparing for an interview is a daunting experience. Where to begin? What topics to research? What language to use

Throughout this blogpost, I am going to walk you through some useful tips and tricks around the areas of language and popular topics to consider. Remember, you are a highly qualified individual and an interview is an opportunity to showcase YOU! I am going to show you how.

Language is the reflection of ourselves. It is an exact reflection of the character, knowledge and growth of its speakers

Positive language is vitally important throughout an interview. An interview board want to appoint someone who is positive, expressive, informed and happy. A positive teacher, using positive language has a tremendous impact on a school community. Positive attitudes in the classroom are fundamental to promoting positive mental health in the classroom, as well as building the self-esteem and confidence of the children in that classroom. A positive teacher is also significant in developing staff morale and a satisfactory staff dynamic in a school.

Examples of positive language to be used throughout an interview:

  • I was fortunate to….
  • I thoroughly enjoyed….
  • I love teaching
  • I was inspired by….
  • The initiative was very beneficial to the children
  • It may have been challenging but it was worthwhile as the children benefitted greatly
  • I am passionate about….
  • I have an appreciation for…..

Buzzwords are a useful tool to utilise throughout an interview. Buzzwords aid in presenting a candidate as someone who is passionate about teaching, knowledgeable in the area of current research and committed to continuous professional development.

Here are some examples of useful buzzwords

Pssstt…..find 30 Interview Buzzwords and what they mean here:

5 Topics to Consider when Preparing for Interview

  1. Know who you are and what your strengths, qualities and talents are

This seems like an obvious one, but is often one of the first questions asked in an interview and can challenge candidates.

The main reason for this is because it is a question that we often refer to as being “easy! I know everything about myself and what I am going to say”. It is only when you begin to say it out loud that this answer is difficult to structure as some information about yourself will not be relevant while other information is significant. It is one of the most important questions as if it is not answered well, can unsettle a candidate.

  • Promoting Positive Mental Health

Now, more than ever, promoting positive mental health is fundamental to teaching and learning in our schools. Holistic education is a comprehensive approach to teaching which supports positive mental health in our schools. This is where educators seek to address the emotional, social, ethical and academic needs of the students in an integrated learning format. It is important to be clear on ways in which you plan for holistic education in your classroom and therefore, promote positive mental health within your classroom and beyond.

  • Research the school and know what they value most

Knowing and referring to the achievements, values and priorities of a school is very important in an interview. An example of this may be that the school community are passionate about promoting positive mental health throughout the school. Can you add to this? What would you like to add? Have you engaged in any initiatives or programmes previous to this interview such as The Amber Flag Initiative with Pieta House? It is crucial that you make reference to the research you have done on the school and how you can be of help in further developing some initiatives and ideas.

  • Mandatory Policies

Mandatory policies are fundamental to the safe operation of any organisation, but particularly a school. Mandatory policies are policies which are among the most important documents in a school’s building. These include, but are not limited to-

  • Child Protection
  • Health & Safety
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Code of Discipline

Research these policies on the school’s website and refer to them throughout your interview.

  • The Continuum of Support

The Department of Education has set out the Continuum of Support framework to assist schools in identifying and responding to students’ needs. The framework recognises that special educational needs occur along a continuum, ranging from mild to severe. The Continuum of Support is a problem solving model of assessment and intervention that enables schools to gather and analyse data, as well as to plan and review the progress of individual students. It is important to research this framework. The resource pack is available here:

The Primary Teacher Interview Consultancy– How can we help?

The Primary Teacher Interview Consultancy was established to help teachers, at any stage of their career, in any educational setting, engage in interview preparation and guidance, to realise and achieve their full potential. The consultancy has many consultation plans which cater for those at any level of experience and self-confidence within the area of teaching interviews. We delve into all relevant topics, current research, legislation, policies and circulars. We provide for well-structured answers and a high standard of vocabulary and language, also known as ‘buzzwords’. All consultations include a copy of our ‘Sample Questions Booklet’. We are here to support you, through guidance consultations and mock interviews, to ensure that you achieve your goals. All followers receive a 10% discount when quoting ‘’ on booking, before the 1st of July 2021.

Follow us on Instagram for lots of tips & sample questions- @teacherinterviewireland

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