Derrygeel

About Me

I have been a longtime teacher, and I have worked in both England and Ireland. I have also acquired training in playtherapy. I love stories, and I am passionate about the need for children to be exposed to as much story as possible, fiction and non-fiction. The higher the quality of writing the better. Story is also a great teaching tool. Therapeutic stories have long been used to help children process emotions. Drama is another love of mine. Educational drama, or process drama as we do in Ireland is great fun in its own right, but it's also a way of internalising learning, achieving learning above and beyond what role play can do.

  • Christmas Elf Story

    • Christmas!

    This is a fun. and engaging Christmas elf story, suitable for many ages. There is a narrated ebook in the form of a Powerpoint, which may be enough for the very young children. There is also a pdf with fun activities, which involve the children making their own characters and creating backstories for them.

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  • Christmas Tree Drama

    This Christmas drams is the perfect solution for those who are missing the Christmas play this year. Consisting of two lessons, the class must decide which ornament deserves to be on top of the Christmas tree. Fun and games for all, and as with all drama, co-operating and communicating are key, thus covering your oral English lesson too. 

    The pack consists of 14 pages of pictures as well as 3 pages of lesson plan. All provided for you.


    Suitable for all ages.


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  • Drama for St Brigid's Day
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    Drama for St Brigid's Day

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    This pack contains two drama lessons for St Brigid's Day, each about 40 minutes long. It is based around the story of Brigid requesting land from the king for her monastery, but the children are encouraged to make their own endings. Why do the women want land? How can they convince the king to let them have land? These are all question the children will answer in their own groups.

    In addition there are Hints for the women's groups and another document of hints for the king's group.
    There is a slight tilting of the story towards history. The pack contains contains a bonus pack of people and roles who existed during pre-Christian and early Christian Ireland.

    This pack may be circulated to the students if appropriate. For that reason I omitted the information that  entertainers during the Brehon Law era included professional farters!

    That should make it more appropriate for distribution among your students!

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  • English Comprehension: A Day in the Woods

    This comprehension, of a high literary quality, comprises an entire teaching unit. It includes a story, points for discussion, vocabulary and grammar work. The questions cover the comprehension strategies of inference, visualisation, making connections, drawing conclusions and synthesis.  This product will intrigue and inspire your students.

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  • Frederick Douglass: Life and Time in Ireland and USA; Black History

    This is the inspiring story of Frederick Douglass, a freed slave

    Covering Irish history and black history, this reading comprehension consists of 2 A4 pages, about 700 words, followed by questions addressing strategies such as retrieving information, determining importance, making connections.

    Sourced from Douglass's own writings, it includes some surprising information about his connection with Ireland and Irish activists. It is not well known that he and Daniel O Connell were mutual admirers. Furthermore in Cork the yare now developing a Frederick Douglass trail to commemorate his trip here on the eve of the Famine.

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  • Gratitude - Teaching the Character Strengths
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    Gratitude - Teaching the Character Strengths

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    This product (Teaching Gratitude for Wellbeing) will enhance your students' strengths. And your own!

    It consists of a story - to demonstrate, explaining and initiate discussion about gratitude. This is followed by suggestions for exercises for home and for school. There is quite a variety there, and the students will have great fun.

    The product also includes research and sources which have informed this resource.

    Suitable for distance learning. Available in Powerpoint, pdf and Easel.

    Good luck with this, and good wishes for your wellbeing and those of your students.

    Can also be used as part of the Primary Language Curriculum under the headings Communicating and Exploring and Using.


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  • Irish History, War of Independence: a Process Drama

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    This Irish history product enables the students to learn about the Irish War of Independence experientially. It is process drama, not role play.
    It focuses on the effects of the war, from 1919 to 1922, on ordinary people. Additional information is supplied in powerpoint form to give background to the period. This research lists sources at the end. Information is included on people’s clothing, way of life, travel, etc. This is information which is not readily available, especially in a format for children.

    There are 5 lessons in the unit.
    It uses a variety of drama strategies including Hot seating, Carousel, Group Work.
    As process drama requires a lot of group work, it automatically gives the opportunity to enhance communication skills, including engagement, listening and turn-taking.

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  • Othering and Racism: Teaching about Social Justice through Drama

    This drama addresses the theme of ‘othering’ and racism. The drama is set in a fictional place, Hasmala, and the ‘othered’ group is called The Elgons. It is told in the form of legend or fantasy. The Elgons are distinguished by their unusual ears. This means that they are not identifiable as any real-life sub-group.
    Story is a powerful tool to use when trying to change hearts and minds. Since the ‘othered’ group here is not identifiable as any known earthly group, any resistance in the pupils will be wiped out, and the teacher will be able to facilitate strong and effective discussions afterwards.
    Note this drama is much more than role-play.
    The drama consists of 5 lesson, and there are many pointers for discussion for the teacher.
    The strategies used include: Teacher narrator, Teacher-in-Role, Group work, Hot seating, Conscience alley, Whole Class improvisation, Living Narrative.
    The areas for reflection include discussion of which source of information we can believe.

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  • Social Story: "I Will Play Nicely"

    This social story is designed to help children who have difficulty playing games with other - making choices, taking turns in the playground. It is suitable for children with autism in both mainstream and in special units.

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  • Social Story: "It's Not Fair" - I Didn't Get My Choice

    This social story deals with the fallout from a child whose suggestion has not been taken on board - who did’nt get their way. It is probably more suitable for a child in a mainstream class than one who is in an ASD unit. The social story is provided in pdf as well as Word format, so the teacher can modify the text to suit their class.
    There is a minimum of decorations on the page, so as not to distract the attention of the child. The page has also been coloured in a cream background so the child themselves can read it more easily if dyslexic.
    To modify the background colour in Word, the teacher needs to click on the Design tab, page background and choose White.

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  • Social Story: I Will Wait My Turn

    This social story is aimed at the child in the mainstream classroom who has difficulty waiting his turn. It reminds the child of how people in the classroom are expected to behave when waiting their turn to contribute to a class discussion. It is available in both pdf and Word to make it easier for the teacher to personalise to the student.

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  • Social Story: Tidying Up

    This social story is for the child who has difficulty completing tidying up the equipment. It is written for home use, but since it is a Word document it would take very little editing to make it suitable for classroom use.

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