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Give me a real life example of using multiplication tables

Once a child learns their tables (hopefully not by rote!) it’s important that they consolidate this knowledge. There are lots of games on the Internet to help children speed up with drill and practice exercises. Products such as Mathletics and Manga High can give a competitive games-based way of motivating children. However, I thought of another way, which doesn’t involve technology; instead, it involves cookbooks! If you don’t own a cookbook, most lifestyle magazines and supermarket flyers have a recipe Read More...

Where can I find Supermarket Maths Challenges?

Anseo.net makes a video every week called Supermarket Maths. These very short videos, usually less than a minute in length, take a supplement from a supermarket, usually found in weekend newspapers, and try and find some decent mathematical questions from them. Here’s an example of one: You can find our Supermarket Maths Challenges in our YouTube channel which is at this link. Read More...

Where can I find cheap resources for Aistear?

Pick and Mix in Charity Shops for Aistear I am always on the look out for Aistear play items. I love picking out quirky little toys that might stimulate an imagination. I could buy a big, shiny, new bag of plastic animal toys in a shop but there is something quite nice about going in to charity shops to rummage about!   The Jack and Jill Charity Shop in Carlow has a special box of “rubbish” in their toy section. Obviously, they don’t Read More...

What is the link between Aistear and play?

I trained as an Aistear tutor three years ago with the NCCA and last week I received two more days of training last week in it and the new oral language curriculum. I am currently working as a Support teacher and I work with children in the mainstream class and withdrawal every day. I support the children’s learning with Aistear in the Infant classrooms. I was and still am attracted to Aistear due to its unique methodology and framework. The playfulness methodology Read More...

Putting some Maths in the Ice Bucket Challenge

The ice bucket challenge has swept through the world raising awareness and a lot of money for Motor Neuron Disease. It was inevitable that it was going to knock on the door of schools and I was nominated by one of my pupils to do it. For those who haven’t heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, it involves making a donation to the charity or tipping a bucket of ice cold water over one’s head. Most people do both. Rather than Read More...

Literacy Idea: Captioning

Based on Monday’s #edchatie discussion on literacy ideas, I brought up the idea of blogging images and adding captions. It’s a simple idea where children use a Smartphone or tablet and run a blogging app. They take a photograph of something and write a caption underneath then publish. For me, it’s so simple that anyone from Junior Infants upwards could do it. Junior Infants who aren’t ready to write can record their voice or use voice recognition to caption Read More...

Using a Counting Stick

This article originally appeared on Anseo.net 5 years ago. It’s great to see the counting stick being used in lots of primary schools around the country. I always make sure to bring one along when I’m giving talks about maths. The guide below was designed by Andrea Battye. Andrea learned this method on a Mental Maths course run by Jill Mansergh in the UK and she typed and worded the document herself. Learning times tables using the counting stick method! The teacher Read More...

Social Mapping and Geography

The skill of mapping is part of the primary school Geography curriculum. Back in 1999, when this was decided, I’m fairly sure the people behind it didn’t realise the direction that maps were going to take. While GPS, (also known as “SatNav”), had been around since 1994, it wasn’t really until the mid-noughties that people started using them. Furthermore Google and Bing maps were not on the radar at all. For me, it’s the concept of social mapping that has Read More...

Christmas Art

This article was first published in 2008 by Rozz who was starting a Christmas themed week in Visual Arts.  Have a look at some of the ideas here – they might get you through the last few weeks of the term! I am starting my Christmas themed art this week.   I am a firm believer in Not overdoing it just because it is Christmas integrating and linking with all subjects while keeping the integrals of the Visual Art Curriculum fully alive in my Read More...

The “new” way to subtract

I’m in my mid-30s and I am amazed that the words “borrow and payback” are still mentioned in primary schools outside of a history lesson. Almost a quarter of a century ago, I learned how to subtract in what was called the “new” way using the renaming method. However, it seems that my primary schooling was unusual because the majority of adults I meet today still use the borrow and payback method. I thought I’d use this article to Read More...

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