The Eleathanach is a free, weekly reading resource as Gaeilge that is published by the Maynooth University Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education. Is áis léitheoireachta í Eleathanach a bhíonn ar fáil gach Luan saor in aisce ó Roinn Froebel don Bhun- agus Luath- Oideachas, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Má Nuad.
Written by the lecturers from the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education the E-Newsletter is packed with paragraphs based on domestic and international news items of interest to younger readers. Is iad na léachtóirí ó Roinn Froebel don Bhun- agus Luath- Oideachas uadóirí an nuachtlitir leictreonach. Tá an Eleathanach lan le hailt a mhúsclaíonn spéis na ndaltaí.
Example of an article from Eleathanach
Although the resource is produced for 5th & 6th class it is emailed as a Microsoft Word document, this allows teachers to edit it to suit the reading level of their own class. Tá sé dírithe ar rang a cúig agus a sé sa bhunscoil ach tagann an Eleathanach i bhfoirm Microsoft Word mar sin is féidir le múinteoirí an t-ábhar agus an teanga a chur in oiriúint do pháistí ina rang.
Subscribe to receive this free resource as a weekly email by sending an email to eleathanach@gmail.com.Is féidir le múinteoirí an Eleathanach a fháil trí ríomhphost a sheoladh chuig eleathanach@gmail.com agus cuirfear ar an liosta seoltaí iad.
See more at: Eleathanach or check out a recent edition – Eleathanach

This is me asking my friends to read my reasons!

My brother in Australia sent me a video this morning of two characters from our childhood. You might watch it after you read this, but in the video Dustin calls his old pal Bosco to ask him to vote YES in the Marriage Referendum and it got me thinking about my own family, friends and colleagues. Although you may be aware that I would like you to vote yes, I am not sure if you would be aware of why?

So this is me asking my friends and family to read my reasons as to why I think they should vote YES

  • Vote YES to show children and adults of all ages in Ireland that they do not need to carry secrets or unnecessary fears and worries
  • Vote YES so that in the future you don’t look back and regret the opportunity you had in 2015 to have a positive impact on the life of your child, niece, nephew, cousin, grandchild or friend
  • Vote YES because love has the same value, no matter who you love
  • Vote YES to allow everyone to have a place in society (not as less than or more than but equal)
  • Vote YES to give everyone the same opportunity to get married to the person they love
  • Vote YES and have a positive impact on the lives of thousands
  • Vote YES to stop people feeling ‘less then’ as human beings because the sad FACT is that members of the LGBT community in Ireland are 7 times more likely to end their own lives
  • Vote YES for every LGBT child growing up in Ireland, for their future
  • Vote YES and give every citizen of this country equal rights
  • Vote YES so that Irish people don’t have to leave their own country to declare their love, their faithfulness and their commitment to one another until death do us part, as other Irish people get to do at home in Ireland everyday without question
  • Vote YES and show me your support

And remember there was a time when Catholics couldn’t marry Protestants

There was a time when women couldn’t vote

Every generation gets a chance to make a big change and your chance is on May 22nd

Society is only ever a collection of individuals and we are all individuals within that society. 

A Sketch a Day in May

I first came across this idea through Twitter. I follow a Geography teacher in Auckland, New Zealand called Steve Mouldey. To quote from Steve’s blog the idea for this was “inspired by Austin Kleon‘s Show Your Work“.

I thought taking part would encourage some reflective practice on my part. The idea is to post a sketch a day using the hashtag #edsketch15 for the month of May. The sketch can be about something you have been reading, thinking about, trying out, observing, questioning, exploring, reflecting on or working on that day.

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Augmented Reality in the Classroom

colar1ColAR is a new way I have come across to integrate technology into the classroom . The website offers a range of free pages that can be printed on any type of paper using any printer (no magic ink required). The app is free to download and works on both IOS and Android. Children (or teachers) simply colour the sheet (although it is not a requirement), lay the sheet on a flat surface, hold the device above the sheet (ensuring that the whole sheet is visible) and let the magic happen.

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You Say It Everyday Anyway

A video from Ben & Jerry’s. Give someone a chance to love who they love.

Make a YES really count !!

Check out “TeachMeet”!

Date: Wed, 29 April at 6pm (refreshments on arrival). Location: Iontas Building, North Campus, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Kildare Get your free ticket on Eventbrite! https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/teachmeet-tickets-16350388452?aff=eandmyevshre&ref=eandmyevshre A TeachMeet is an organised but informal meeting for teachers to share good practice, practical innovations and personal insights in teaching. This meet has a selection of primary, post primary, 3rd level, as well as guests from other sectors in the field of education. This meet will include: Micro-presentations – lasting 5 minutes Nano-presentations – lasting 3 minutes Soapboxes – lasting 10 minutes Random selection of speakers – from a pool of willing participants Back channel to let non-participants participate

Some speakers include:

Primary / Secondary / 3rd Level Speakers

Enda Donlon, Sé McCarthy, Mags Amond, Conor Galvin, Ciara Brenann, Richard Millwood, Dughal McCormick, Susan Nic Reamoinn, Leanne Lynch, Sarah-Jane Carey, Nigel Lane and many more…….

Tarsia: a cross-curricular tool

Use the free Tarsia software from mmlsoft.com to create puzzles. A tool that can be integrated across the curriculum: language development, geography, maths, etc.

Create Tarsia’s using the software


Let the students create them as a form of assessment


Who designs your mental environment?


A stimulus for a class discussion.

Teaching Summary Writing

This is a strategy I’ve used for teaching summarising. Once students can reduce the information down to the yellow section let them tweet it.


PLICKERS – The Ultimate Assessment Tool


No more Promethean Planet ActiVotes and multiple packets of batteries, now you can simply print voting devices on paper for free (well apart from the price of the ink & paper). Use PLICKERS for quick checks of student understanding.

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