Category Archives: Practice

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 !!

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PLICKERS – The Ultimate Assessment Tool

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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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Appropriate Language

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Silence is Acceptance

At a recent assembly, a young man from 5th class recited this poem from memory. When he was finished what was a powerfully moving recital he led a discussion between both sets of 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Completely led by this young man a discussion took place between approximately 170 students around the use of appropriate language.
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How can someone say that my family isn’t ideal?

On Friday, 15-year-old Safia spoke on the Ray Darcy Show and read out a beautiful letter that she wrote after hearing some people describe her family as not ‘ideal.’
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Listen to the interview here: Interview

She writes: ‘One of the things that upsets me and makes me very angry is hearing people talk about how my family isn’t ‘ideal’. Hearing this does upset me as they don’t know a thing about my family.’

What did you do in school today? Nothing

I remember as a kid when my parents asked me what I had done in school that day I would mutter the phrase “nothing” (don’t think I am alone on this one).  I think it’s the question that’s the problem here not the kids. Below are a list of questions that might be useful for reflective teachers and parents.
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To Flip Or Not To Flip – One Teachers Journey

Flipped Learning – An Introduction

fc1The flipped classroom is a model, in which teachers post videos online in lieu of lessons in the classroom. Content is delivered at home instead of traditional homework and students spend class time actively working on tasks to assimilate learning.

Contrary to popular belief, despite Jonathan Bergman and Aaron Sams publishing ‘Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day’ in 2012 popularising the model of the flipped classroom, they are not the pioneers in the area of the flipped classroom.

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Dissolving Boundaries

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Today a group of Year 3 students at Maynooth University’s Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education made a poster, took a photo and sent it out on Twitter. It was posted at 11.50am and I took this screenshot at 11.50pm (12 hours later). As you can see from the photo the tweet had 280 interactions with tweeters from every continent in the world. 

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‘You’re gay, this is gay’: how can we tackle homophobia in PE?

I came across an article by @matthewjenkin in The Guardian called ‘You’re gay, this is gay’: how can we tackle homophobia in PE? Evidence and experts suggest that 30 minutes of physical activity a day can have a positive effect on our health, mental health and general well-being. However this is not the case for some LGBT students, as the thought of PE and/or team based sports for them can be a cause of anxiety that they cannot avoid (being part of the school curriculum). The article addresses the use of homophobic language used in sporting activities (at school and extra curricular), as well as the effects this language has on LGBT students. It suggests how improving teacher awareness to the topic can be a first step towards positive change. It asks if a more diverse range of activities and games, which are less gender segregated would be beneficial.

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