Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Instagram display for school photos

Hi everyone,

I've been back to work a couple of days and due to meetings and sorting things, I've only got one display done. It's this Instagram-style display for photos near the entrance of the school. This was inspired by Ashley's (from Teach Create Motivate) version which is for sale on TPT. I wanted mine larger scale so I set out to create my own version. However, the backing paper was a different white to the different elements I printed so it ended up looking a bit patchworky. 

Hope you like it, despite its flaws!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

20% off TPT sale Monday, 22nd August

Hi everyone!

I know tomorrow's Monday and that many of you are going back to school soon (I'm starting tomorrow!) so here's a little something to cheer you up. Tomorrow, Monday, 22nd August, there will be 20% off everything in my TPT store.

Happy shopping!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Back to school freebies

Hi all,

I hope you're enjoying the holidays and not suffering from the August blues! Here are some back to school freebies for you to help get you up and running.


These welcome posters are available for free in my TPT store as Gaeilge or in English.

These WALT and WILF posters are great for sticking on your board to share lesson objectives or assessment criteria.

This is a behaviour management technique that we have used for a number of years at my school. Each child's name is put in a cup. Every break time, you choose a name and secretly watch that child in the line. If they behave well, they get to put a star on a chart. If not, we don't tell them who the secret walker was but we explain why that person didn't get a star. I usually print the children's names on an A3 sheet to make the star chart and put the above poster on top.

I will be having a TPT sale with 20% off all items in my store on 22nd August!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Star Wars Classroom Management Clip Charts and Decor Kit

Hello there,

I hope you are all enjoying August. Clip charts are one of my favourite behaviour management strategies. The concept is so simple. Each child has a clothes peg clipped to it. They all begin in the "Ready to Learn" section every day. Depending on their choices, they must move their peg up or down throughout the day. In my school, we use the same clip chart in all elementary classrooms and it works really well.

I've created two Star Wars-themed clip charts - one in English and one as Gaeilge (in the Irish language). If you'd like to get either, they're available for $2 (roughly €1.80) in my TPT store. Click on either of the images below to view them in the store.

I've also made this Star Wars-themed classroom decoration kit. It contains the following resources:
Page 3: "The force is strong in this class" sign
4-10: Class calendar - days and numbers 1-31 (plus editable squares)
11-12: Days of the week
13-15: "Yesterday was," "Today is" and "Tomorrow will be" signs
16-19: Months of the year
20-26: Word wall headers ("Word Wall" and each letter "Aa" "Bb")
27-33: Welcome banner (pennant-style)
34-37: Classroom management clip-chart (as above - in English)
38-43: Table numbers (1-6)
44-50: How we go home (Header, After-school club, Day care, Walking, Bus, Bicycle, Car)

51-53: Blank EDITABLE labels (lined, not lined and circular)

It costs $6 (roughly €5.40).

You'll also find the days of the week (in English and as Gaeilge) and the calendar set sold separately in the STAR WARS SECTION of my TPT store. Click here to view them!

Monday, 8 August 2016

FREE Parent Reminder Checklists

Hi all,

Hope you're enjoying the summer holidays. Here's a quick freebie - a set of editable parent reminder sheets. 

You could print them off and give them to the parents on the first week of school. However, if you've got a big class and don't want the printing costs, you could email them to the parents and they can decide to print it if they wish.

I used one of these templates last year (see photo).

The freebie includes two different styles in 6 different colours.

You can download it for free from my TPT store by clicking here.

Friday, 29 July 2016

IB MYP Global Contexts Posters

Hello there!

I'm back with more MYP resources. I've added two sets of MYP Global Contexts posters to my TPT store. One set is square with world flags borders, the other set has circular posters in pastel colours. Both sets include both the British English and American English spelling of globalisation/globalization. The sets cost $1.50. Click on either of the images to view them in the store.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Other ways teachers could put their skills to use

As a teacher, you build up many skills you hadn't thought about when you signed up for this profession. Here are some other ways you could put your new skills to use:

1. Poker shark: You've seen and heard things that would cause a non-teacher to crack a smile and give the game away. You've had too many times where a child has done/said something absolutely hilarious while breaking the rules and you have had to put on your poker face and reprimand them before you escape to the bathroom and let all the laughter out. This would make you an ideal candidate for playing poker. You'd be the best bluffer at the table.

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2. Acting: "Is this for me? Oh you shouldn't have!" Then, trying not to wince at the unusual object, "You really shouldn't have!"
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3. Criminal (fraud): Think of all that time you've spent, carefully slicing up bits of paper and gluing them back together to create differentiated worksheets that look almost identical. If you decided to turn to the dark side, what better way to use these skills than to create counterfeit documents?
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4. Witch doctor: You have learned how to fix all manner of ailments with "alternative" cures and mumbling of words. You know the true power of a wet paper towel, "rub your tummy three times" or "drink some water." You also have an innate understanding of when somebody requires NO CURE AT ALL!
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5. Referee/mediator: Need I elaborate?
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6. Historian: Not only are you fantastic at scavenging through the archaeological site that is your pocket or handbag, you're fantastic at deciphering strange markings on paper that appears on your desk.
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7. Interior designer: All those hours you've spent changing displays and organising your classroom has given you a great eye for the aesthetic.
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8. Competitive eater: How many times have you had to inhale your lunch so you could go on yard duty? Unbeknownst to yourself you've been training for the speed eating olympics all along.
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9. Photocopier technician: You know more tricks than the average person to try and coax that photocopier back to life again. 
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