Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Free energy resources from SEAI

A friend recently pointed me in the direction of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland website. They have a tonne of fantastic resources - books, worksheets, posters and lesson plans available - for free. They cover terms such as renewable energy, recycling, acid rain, etc. You can download a lot of these as PDFs here. There are some fantastic ideas for geography and science (and the ethical curriculum if you're in an Educate Together school) lessons including experiment sheets. This is definitely one to check out!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Edublogs Awards

I was delighted to see that I've been nominated for the Edublogs Awards (thank you Anseo.net!). These awards celebrate the use of ICT by for educational purposes. Nominations are open at the moment and will close this Friday, December 2nd.




Here are my nominations for this year:



  • Best individual blog: The Inside Lane This is a fantastic blog promoting ICT and education by Nigel Lane. It's updated regularly with great resources and tips (even for those, like myself, who can be technologically-challenged at times!)
  • Best individual tweeter @simonmlewis - much inspiration and motivation has come from Simon Lewis. What an innovative man! I have gotten plenty of inspiration from his various projects (all worth checking out, be it humorous blog posts, mash.ie, informative tweets etc.)
  • Best group blog: Irish Teacher Blogs It does what it says on the tin. It's great to have a constant stream of Irish educational blogs in the one place. Kudos to Nigel Lane on this one too.
  • Best ed tech / resource sharing blog: Step Into Second Grade with Miss Lemons Words can't describe how much time and effort this author has put into her blogging. She shares fantastic ideas and is a constant source of inspiration.
  • Best free web tool: Pinterest Although I haven't yet used it to its full potential, I have no doubt that I am soon to become a pinterest addict. It's a brilliant way to share resources/ideas in a visual way, through the use of online pinboards.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Space-themed reward chart

I created this behaviour management token chart for teachers with space-obsessed children in their class.


It outlines appropriate behaviours for which they can earn tokens. There is also a sheet for goal-setting on Monday where the child and teacher can record their goal (how many tokens they aim to earn that week in order to get a reward) and specify what the reward will be on Friday. There is also a reflection sheet to be filled in by the child on Friday, listing what they did well and how they can improve.


I hope this is useful!


Click here or on the image below to view in Google Docs.


Thursday, 10 November 2011

Free Water Resources

Found a link to this fantastic website on (another wonderful website!) www.mash.ie for teaching about water conservation. It's an American site with a tonne of great lesson ideas and resources for all age levels from elementary to high school. It's definitely worth checking out as it can be linked in with many subjects.


Click here to go to the site!

Friday, 4 November 2011

3-2-1 assessment strategy (FREE!)


Here's an assessment tool that I often use for English and the S.E.S.E. subjects. Click on the image below to download it as a PDF in Google Docs.




Thursday, 3 November 2011

9 Commandments of the Staff Room

Something to brighten your day (as Tweeted by the good folk of the wonderful teacher resource site that is www.seomraranga.com )...


The Nine Commandments of the Staff Room


And, as ever, clipart is from www.phillipmartin.info

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Airgead - luaschártaí agus pictiúir

FAO: Múinteoirí Éireannacha - seo iad pictiúir agus luaschártaí a bhaineann le hairgead. Déanfaidh mé póstaer mór leo chun an téama "ag siopadóireacht" a dhéanamh. 


B'fhéidir go mbeadh siad úsáideach don bunranganna chomh maith, chun ceachtanna mata le haghaidh airgid a bhaint amach.


Déan cliceáil ar an t-íomhá seo chun iad a íoslódáil ó Google Docs -->