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Signs of Autumn 2014After what has  been an exceptionally mild September, the days are gradually closing in and the autumn weather is making its presence felt. That can only mean that it’s time for the “Signs of Autumn 2014 Twitter Project”. This will be the third autumn Twitter project and it has been a great success. Many teachers reported how much their class enjoyed taking part in the project and using a simple technology tool to connect with other classes across the country. [click to continue…]

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edchatieAs you may know, the new Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’ Sullivan TD, has agreed to be a special guest in the weekly #EdChatIE Twitter chat on this Monday evening, September 29th. The Twitter chat will take more of a “question and answer” format on the night. Fred Boss of the NCCA is the organiser of the weekly education chats where educators from all three levels in Ireland take part in topical discussions on educational issues. [click to continue…]

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edchatieThe new Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’ Sullivan TD has agreed to be a special guest in the weekly #EdChatIE Twitter chat next Monday, September 29th. The Twitter chat will take more of a “question and answer” format on this night. Fred Boss, the organiser of the weekly chats, is looking for suggested topics for the chat. Teachers can add a proposed topic for the chat HERE This poll will remain open until 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday 23rd September). [click to continue…]

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CoderDojo Conference 2014

by admin on 22/09/2014

DojoCon 2014The 3rd Annual International CoderDojo Conference (DojoCon) is set to take place on Friday October 3rd (evening) and Saturday October 4th in Sligo. The conference will gather together Parents, Mentors, Educators, Technologists and pretty much anybody with an interest in CoderDojo. The theme for the Conference is “Look to the Stars; Enthuse, Create, Collaborate“. In particular the conference aims to get people on the ground to learn and share what works and encourage the enormous number of new Dojos with their stories. [click to continue…]

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Tree Day 2014

by admin on 17/09/2014

Tree Day 2014The Tree Council of Ireland, supported by Tetra Pak, is calling on primary schools around Ireland to plant a tree to mark Tree Day 2014 on Thursday 9th October. As part of this year’s campaign, themed ‘What Can We Learn About Trees?’ or ‘Cad Is Féidir Linn A Fhoghlaim Faoi Chrainn?’, over 1,000 alder trees will be made available for primary schools through the Tree Day website, to help teach children about the importance of planting trees. [click to continue…]

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Book Review: Black Wreath

September 17, 2014

The book is about a fair haired boy that lived in the 1700’s called James Lovett. He was the son of Lord Dunmain and the heir to the Lord Dunmain title. His father was a horrible man and for money he left his only son to live on the dangerous streets of Dublin. James had […]

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RDS Primary Science Fair 2015

September 15, 2014

Can we drop an egg from a height and not let it break? This was just one of the questions investigated by primary school pupils at the RDS Primary Science Fair last year. This year’s event takes place in January alongside the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. The image to the left shows pupils from Timolin NS, […]

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Book Review: Brian and the Vikings

September 15, 2014

I thought this was a very good book with excellent drawings. It was very exciting and I liked Brian because he was clever and saved the day. I liked when Brian and his brothers tricked the Vikings. I would recommend this book for kids between 5 and 7 and I’d give it an 8/10. I […]

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What Teachers Should Know About Aspergers

September 10, 2014

Teachers sometimes do not understand aspergers. Over the years i have had some brilliant teachers and some who don’t teach in a way aspies can benefit. They don’t do it deliberately but if they understood it would be a lot more easy to teach us. And there are some things that teachers could do to […]

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GAA Launch New Teacher Resources

September 9, 2014

The GAA has launched a number of resources for Primary School Teachers and Coaches. PE Céim ar Aghaidh is a Teaching Resource book designed to assist Primary School Teachers to deliver the Physical Educational curriculum through Gaelic games activities. It is the most recent addition to the GAA Céim ar Aghaidh/Step Ahead Resource Pack, which […]

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Book Review: Viva Alice

August 28, 2014

The 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 […]

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Guest Post: Read With Biff, Chip and Kipper App

August 24, 2014

Adorning 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 […]

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Dates For Your Diary For the New School Year

August 23, 2014

Many 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 […]

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Book Review: Finding A Voice

August 22, 2014

“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 […]

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World War 1 on RTÉ

July 29, 2014

The 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.

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