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Book Review: Viva Alice

by admin on 28/08/2014

Viva AliceThe main characters are Alice and Megan who are best friends. Alice and Megan like hanging out together. Alice lives in a small apartment and Megan lives in a big house. Alice and Megan’s moms are both obsessed with something. Alice’s mom is obsessed with everything having to be clean and Megan’s mom is obsessed with organic foods.

When Alice’s mom wants to throw a party it becomes a disaster. Megan has to step up and help her out by helping to organise and calm her down. However, when Megan was asked to go to Lanzarote her mom declines because she has a health and safety issue. [click to continue…]

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Oxford Reading Tree 01Adorning many book bag, library shelves, and homes around the country, teachers and parents will be familiar with the adventures of Biff, Chip and Kipper as young readers grapple to improve their reading skills.

Millions of children have learned to read and love these fabulous, entertaining and educational books. Hundreds of thousands of parents trust and are guided by them, indeed the much love characters help spark many conversations with young children with the delightful stories, fun settings, and fantastic illustrations. [click to continue…]

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DiaryMany thanks to Ciara Brennan (@PrimEdTeacher on Twitter) for compiling this great 2nd annual list of dates to keep in mind when doing lesson planning for the forthcoming school year. All of these dates give teachers great opportunities to celebrate special occasions in school and to see how they can be integrated into the curriculum for educational purposes. If any occasions/dates have been omitted, please email me to let me know and I’ll update the list – alternatively leave the date in the comments section below. [click to continue…]

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Book Review: Finding A Voice

by Seomra Ranga on 22/08/2014

Finding A Voice“Finding a Voice” by Kim Hood is a story of friendship and has many themes relating to it such as feeling lonely and not fitting in. It is also about the assumptions people often make about people with disability. The main character in the book is teenage girl Jo who faces two main difficulties in her young life. Her mother is unwell for much of her time and Jo worries about her mum but tries to keep her head down and remain strong. Jo doesn’t like to ask for help as she fears that ‘help’ might mean that her mother could be taken away from her. [click to continue…]

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World War 1 on RTÉ

by admin on 29/07/2014

World War 1 on RTEThe centenary of the start of World War 1 occurs around this time and RTE have put together a website to commemorate the ‘Great War’. The website contains information on different aspects of the conflict from an Irish perspective. [click to continue…]

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Book Review: Fintan’s Fifteen

June 17, 2014

I thought that “Fintan’s Fifteen” was certainly a very clever book, packed with jokes, quirks and one very cute dog. I found this book extremely funny and liked how the author created and personalised all his characters – my favourite was iPaddy! The book mainly follows Rusty, who arrived in Ireland two years ago from […]

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Excited Digital Learning Festival

June 1, 2014

Ciaran Cannon, Minister for Training and Skills at the Department of Education and Skills (DES), was the force behind the inaugural Excited Digital Learning Festival which took place in Dublin Castle this weekend. The purpose of the Festival was to bring together speakers and attendees from the worlds of education, technology, entertainment and enterprise in order to […]

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Guest Post: Sports Day – Co-operative or Competitive?

May 30, 2014

It’s that time of the year again! Sports Days are taking place in many primary schools over the next few weeks. Many schools may consider approaching the day as fun, inclusive and non-competitive which encourages all children to be involved. The Irish Primary PE Association (IPPEA) advocates for such an approach

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Symposium on Game Based Learning

May 28, 2014

The 4th Irish Symposium on Game Based Learning (GBL) will take place in Cork Institute of Technology on Friday June 6th. The symposium provides a forum for teachers, lecturers, students and researchers to disseminate research, exchange ideas and best practice on the use of games and gamification (the use of game elements) for enhancing teaching […]

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Scoilnet Website Re-Launched

May 27, 2014

Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., today launched the re-vamped Scoilnet website in the Dublin  West Education Centre. Originally launched in 1998, Scoilnet is the Department of Education and Skills (DES) official education portal.

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Values, Money & Me Website

May 25, 2014

Experian, a global information services company, has this week launched a new website aimed at educating primary school children about managing money. Piloted by teachers and pupils of Our Lady Immaculate Senior National School in Darndale for the past six months, Values, Money & Me aims to help young pupils deal with earning money, budgeting and saving […]

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Special Education Conference

May 24, 2014

The Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE) will hold their 26th Annual International Conference on June 13th and 14th in All Hallows College, Dublin. With a theme of “Relationships – Learning Together”, the conference will explore the wide range of relationships integral to education for students with special educational needs. It will look at […]

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Book Review: The Milo Adventures

May 13, 2014

In “The Milo Adventures: Milo and the Raging Chieftains”, Milo, his friend Shane and Mr. Lewis get stuck in the 1400’s in Rois castle. Despite many attempts they cannot get out of this tricky situation. They also find Ms. Lee, Milo and Shane’s class teacher are also stuck in the 1400’s. Their only way out […]

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Competition: Win A Class Set of “Fionn” Novel

May 6, 2014

“Fionn and the Legend of the Blood Emeralds” is a new book by author Tom O’ Neill. It tells the story of Dark McLean and how his Uncle Connie has been struck down by a mysterious illness that is slowly killing him. In a race against time, Dark visits a forbidden fairy fort where he crosses into […]

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Election Resources

May 5, 2014

Election day is fast approaching (May 23rd) with the impending Local Elections, European Parliament Elections and the two By-Elections. This provides the teacher with a great opportunity to use the election atmosphere around us to teach about Ireland’s democracy and the electoral process. Seomra Ranga has produced some resources to enable the teacher to effectively […]

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