Sunday, 27 May 2012

Goodbye for now!

My busy year as an NQT has recently come to an end. Luckily for me, I'm heading abroad as a TEFL teacher for the summer. Thus, I won't be able to update this blog. I've decided that I won't post again until the new school year at the earliest. I've really enjoyed posting here so I hope that I'll have the motivation to relapse into my blogging addiction again in a few months.

I hope anybody who reads this blog has found it to be useful. Thanks for checking it out and thanks especially to those who have left such lovely comments. 

Have a great summer and I hope to (virtually) meet you again in the new school year!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Share your class blog with Seas Suas

Seas Suas is a new website created by Simon Lewis and Nigel Lane. It has been designed to collate lots of school and class blogs from Irish primary schools. It then links the blog posts according to categories.

It's very simple to get involved:
1. Go to Add Our School and sign your school/class up (it’s free!).
2. Continue to make blog posts as normal on your school/class blog.
3. Seas Suas will keep an eye on your blog and when one one your posts falls into one of our categories, your post will appear on Seas Suas, linked back to your blog.

It's a great way of giving your class/school a voice and having an Irish audience here it. If you have a school/class blog, check it out for yourself and think about getting involved!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Class Blog Spotlight: St. Mary's Rathmines

I came across this blog from form 4'  at the junior school in St. Mary's College, Rathmines. It's an interesting one as it is shared between this school and another in Spain. 

It's clear that both teachers and classes put lots of work into this group blog. It's great to see lots of PowerPoints made by the children featured on this site. Some of my favourites are the "get well soon" messages to one of the pupils.

There are also PowerPoint presentations that the children made on topics they have covered in class that would be of interest to pupils in Spain. This is a great way for children to use their IT skills and for their teacher to assess their learning in an enjoyable manner.

I love how this blog has a mix of cultures with both classes describing their schools, their interests and their school trips. It's a brilliant way for children to learn about another country and to think more about their own culture.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Report writing self-assessment rubric

I've been terrible for updating this blog lately. Very busy last few weeks! Here's a report writing self-assessment rubric that I used recently. Click here to download.