6 unknown ways you're making a difference in school
1. As a student, I'm so happy that you listen to my news.
2. As a parent, I'm so relieved that you're noticing that my child has dyslexic tendencies. I really struggled in school.
3. As a principal, I'm grateful that you hand in your cuntas míosúil in time. I hate going looking for them
4. As a student, though I can't articulate it properly - my movement break really helps me listen better through the day.
5. As an AP post holder, I really appreciate that you're helping me with this project. Thin…
Your leadership network might sound like...
Hey all, I have a question about an issue that I'm having with a student in school. Does anyone have expertise working with pupils with Downs Syndrome?
Hi Sarah - would you have 20 mins after 4 pm? - I have a question I'd like to ask you about resources for developing receptive language skills.
I've just finished a Masters in SEN - let me know if I can be of any assistance to you.
Hi Mary - I'll be applying for principal roles in the future and I'm looking for a mentor - would you be able to guide…
AP2 roles - are they worth it?
After reading lots of teachers talk about teacher burnout - I’m sharing my thoughts on applying for AP2 roles.
When making changes to your life - always weigh up the pros and cons. Know what you have to give and plan in advance what you are WILLING TO GIVE.
My energy is a positive and loving one here - I’ve made decisions in the past and regretted them in the end - but coaching has greatly helped me to understand my decision-making processes and treat myself and others with greater compassion. It’…
How do I answer what is your vision for the school/post of responsibility?
My clients often find this question tricky! Why? Because they haven't taken the time to dream about the changes they could make. A great way to think about it is - If you had a magic wand and you could make changes - what would they be?
Here are some further tips:
- Be authentic – Think about what difference you would love to make in the school. Reflect: How would the school be different in 5 years’ time? What opportunities might the staff, pupils and community have? How would they be acting?…
Looking at our School 2016- A Quality Framework - A Practical Guide for Teachers
The Looking at our School 2016 guide (available here ), is an essential tool to help you gauge your effectiveness as a teacher. In this blog post, I aim to give you a brief run down of what an effective or highly effective teacher looks, sounds and acts like. I have added some of the statements below with the key information on what makes for a highly effective outcome.
Motivation: If pupils enjoy their learning, are motivated to learn, and expect to achieve as learners as they wo…
Teaching Interviews: What if I get the feeling that they didn’t like me?
The job-search can be a very daunting thing.
You know that you are up against many other applicants, and you hope to be the one to be selected for that great teaching job.
You have all the qualifications you need but feel that you may not have come across as well as you had hoped in your interview.
You are already working in the school - but you know that your principal will base the job on your interview performance so you really want to impress.
Was there something about the way you came across th…
Teaching Interviews: Memorising answers-how to avoid coming across as too rehearsed
There are certain things that our interviewers will want to ask us about at interview. Knowledge of certain aspects of every profession that must be scrutinised at the interview stage - and the teaching profession is no different. You want to be as prepared as possible for your interview but how do you take the answers you have prepared and use them effectively on the day?
Rote learning Vs Information
Rote learning can work fine for a written exam but can be less than ideal in an interview. When y…
How can I be more confident in interviews?
Interviews can be nerve-wracking, especially the first few! You have been called for interview and you are delighted of course, but the thought of sitting there while you are being asked a barrage of questions can cause you to worry. What can you do to make you feel more confident in interviews? Read on!
Preparation is key. If you have never practiced how you would answer possible questions, how are you to know how you might answer on the day? Take the time to practice with a friend of a p…
Top CV Tips for Teachers - Writing a Personal Statement
Whether you’re applying for a job on https://www.educationposts.ie/ or creating a CV for substitute work an important element to your CV is a personal statement. A well written, self-aware and authentic personal statement (or professional summary) can be a fantastic way to sell yourself when looking for jobs or handing your CV around looking for substitute work.
Firstly, I should say that a personal statement or professional summary and I suggest that if you haven’t put thought and effort into wh…
A career break experience – taking the time to figure out what you want
Many thanks to the wonderful Aistear Muinteoir for sharing her career break story with us. Availing of a career break is a fantastic opportunity to press pause on full time teaching in the classroom to take a chance to travel, look after your family and try out something different. Here is her experience.
Taking stock of where you are right now
Christmas and the New Year is always a time for reflection and planning. This time last year as I was relaxing during my Christmas break - I began asking m…
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