‘Self Esteem: A Classroom Affair, 101* Ways to Help Children Like Themselves’ by Michele&Craig Borba

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Teacher Reading | Posted on July 24, 2014

During two months of the summer my students are on holidays,

so I am without my many talented writers and artists

and their contributions to this blog until September.

For this reason I have to think of other kinds of posts.

On other blogs I have seen teachers writing about

books that they have found useful in school.

This is a book that has influenced my teaching.

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I bought ‘Self Esteem: A Classroom Affair,

101* Ways to Help Children Like Themselves’

by Michele and Craig Borba in 1980

when I was a student teacher.

It was an unusual book for its time 

full of ideas for developing a child’s self esteem.

At the time, it seems to me school was

much more about developing a child academically;

their cognitive rather than their ‘affective’ learning.

It was to be 1983 for example before

Howard Gardner published his

theory of ‘multiple intelligences’. 

Gardner, Howard (1983), Frames of Mind:

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Basic Books, NY

I feel this book was before its time, with contents like:

‘Teach Children to Praise Themselves’

and ‘Helping Children to See Their Progress.

I have used many of the activities in this book

repeatedly over the course of my teaching career.

Just in case I ever ran out of ideas there was always Volume 2:

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It was in this book that I first learnt about ‘bibliotherapy’

i.e. the judicious use of books as therapy for children.

In this modern age Dr. Michele Borba

is still dispensing ‘words of wisdom’.

You can read more of these here.

Learning to Code using ‘Scratch’ – A Progress Report

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Coding: Scratch | Posted on July 21, 2014

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Earlier this month I started to learn how to code.

I posted some links then I thought might be useful.

I took advice and decided it would be better

to start with learning ‘Scratch’

as my objective is to be able to

teach coding to my students.

Scratch seems to have excellent possibilities

for the primary classroom.

 

On Education Posts Message Board,

I got some very useful recommendations

and so started with the Lesson Plans on Scratch.ie

 

A kind young relative took pity on me

and gave me her copy of ‘Scratch2Scratch’

I supplemented this learning

with a variety of videos here and here.

 

I also spent some time doing

‘An Hour of Code’ on Code.org

This first hour is straightforward enough

but it revises some of the basics.

I could also see that students would

enjoy the puzzles presented during the ‘hour’.

 

I am very taken with the potential

of ‘Scratch’ in the classroom.

However, though I would feel confident

enough now to introduce ‘Scratch’

to class and to stay perhaps

just a step ahead of my students,

for me as a learner, it is early days yet.

 

UPDATE: Finding Code Club World.org excellent:

both systematic and interesting. 

 

Update: Our Local Hero: Simon Fitzmaurice

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in A Local Hero, Our Town | Posted on July 18, 2014

My Name is Emily

Simon is a Dad in our school.

He wrote a wonderful script

for our Christmas pageant.

 

Five years ago Simon started

to write a movie.

It is called ‘My Name is Emily’.

 

He began writing it with a pen

or typing on a keyboard.

 

Because he has motor neuron disease

he finished it using

a special “eye gaze” computer

that allows him to type

by looking at letters on a screen.

 

In November 2013

we wrote about how he was

fundraising to make a movie.

You can read more

of his inspiring story here.

 

Since then Simon has written

a book called:

‘It’s Not Yet Dark’.

He has been on TV and on

the radio and in the newspapers.

 

All going according to plan

he will start making his movie

‘My Name Is Emily’

in September 2014.

 

Here in Greystones

he is our Local Hero.

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Poems in the English Language

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Poetry | Posted on July 17, 2014

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We have done a lot of work with poems in English too.

We have learnt some.

We have found pictures to illustrate some

and we have written some ourselves.

You can find them on this link here.

Cnuasach Dánta

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Dánta, Gaeilge | Posted on July 17, 2014

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For quite some time now we have been

collecting Irish poems in class.

We have been illustrating what they mean

with photographs

 

Click on this link to find about two dozen ‘dánta as Gaeilge’ .

 

We hope that our choice of photos

explain what the poems are about.

We had fun choosing them.

 

We used the Edublogs plug-in 

Compfight.com.

By checking the license for each photo we use

we can make sure that we are observing copyright laws.

This is important to us. 

How to help your child over the summer… and beyond

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Information Letters for Parents | Posted on July 12, 2014

All My Reasons
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Dear Parent,

This time last year, I put up three posts

which were very popular:

1. Helping your child with Reading

2. Helping your child with Maths

 and

3. How to help your child’s

‘higher order learning’

using Bloom’s Taxonomy

 

4. To these I am adding a recent post about coding

if your child is interested in learning how to code.

‘I would like to learn to code’ – Some useful websites

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Coding, Coding: Javascript, Coding: Scratch | Posted on July 7, 2014

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This summer I would like to learn to code

with a view to teaching it in class next year.

I know many students are interested

in coding too.

 

Here are four websites I think may be useful.

1. Code Monster gives children an introduction to

Javascript programming:

Code Monster from Crunchzilla.com

 

2. Scratch is a programming language 

created specially for 8-to-16-year-olds.

I like the look of Scratch as it is very visual

and so may suit visual learners.

It made up of bricks that you drag

to the workspace in order to animate sprites.

 

3. Scratch was built to program, however

you might like to try Tynker 

which was designed to teach programming

through a series of lessons.

Edited to add: you would have to pay

to use Tynker.

 

4. Then there is Codeacademy.

It offers free coding classes in Javascript

and a number of other programming languages.

It is a friendly website

which has sent me encouraging emails

ever since I joined.

 

I hope you find this list useful.

If you have any advice for those

of us setting out to learn how to code,

please leave a comment.

 

School Calendar 2014 – 2015

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in School Calendar | Posted on July 7, 2014

 Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a

 

First Term  
School  Re-opens Monday 1st September 2014
Mid Term Break School will close on Fri 24th October & re-open Monday 3rd Nov 2014
Christmas Holidays School will close on Fri 19th Dec & re-open Monday 5th January 2015
Second Term  
Mid Term Break School will close on Fri 13th Feb & re-open Monday 23rd Feb 2015
St. Patrick’s Weekend School closed Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th March 2015
Easter Holidays School will close on Fri 27th March & re-open on Monday 13th April 2015*
Third Term  
May Bank Holiday School closed Monday 4th May 2015
June Bank Holiday School closed Monday 1st June 2015
School Closes School closes for Summer Holidays on Tuesday 30th June 2015

A really useful ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Template’ from thespellingblog.blogspot.ie.

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Spelling | Posted on July 2, 2014

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OUR spelling improved this year

thanks to a really useful

‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Template’

from thespellingblog.blogspot.ie

Students really liked using it

and found it very helpful.

It REALLY worked for us.

July…

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Language Development - Oral, Poetry, The Seasons, Writing Prompt | Posted on July 1, 2014

Hot July brings cooling showers,

Apricots and gillyflowers.

Bunch of Wallflowers
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from ‘The Garden Year’ by Sara Coleridge

Cnuasach de Sheanfhocail Éagsúla

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Art: Poster making, Gaeilge, Seanfhocail | Posted on June 29, 2014

For quite some time now we have been

collecting Irish proverbs.

We have been learning how to make posters

using Canva.com

Here is a slideshow of our posters:

 

 

One of the best things about blogging: Making ‘Blogging Buddies’

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Blogging Buddies, The best thing about blogging | Posted on June 27, 2014

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One of the best things about blogging

is making ‘Blogging Buddies’.

We have made friends with children

and their teachers from nearby Bray.

and faraway USA, Canada,

Australia and New Zealand.

We have exchanged messages, packages

and even had a visitor from Tasmania.

and we even had a visitor from Tasmania.

Good attendance: Every day counts!

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Regular Attendance: Every Day Counts! | Posted on June 24, 2014

Good attendance is very important.

It is important for learning.

 

A child who is in school regularly will find it easier

to keep up their friendships.

 

They will also get to know teacher better

and settle in better.

 

The National Educational Welfare Bureau

asks schools to submit the names of any child

who misses 20 days or more.

 

However the other nineteen days shouldn’t be seen as leeway.

We understand that sometimes children are unwell, however…

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Yes! We can learn a great deal in a month :)

Well done to the 45 students in the school

who had full attendance this year.

Quotable Quote: ‘Reading is breathing in …’

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Art: Poster making, Children's Art, Quotable Quote, The Importance of Reading | Posted on June 24, 2014

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Online game: Revising measurement of angles: 4th – 6th class

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Educational Websites, Maths websites, Maths: Angles | Posted on June 23, 2014

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We found this game useful, when we were revising

the measurement of angles.

It is called Banana Hunt 

and is from www.oswego.org

The Goldilocks Approach: How to help your child select a reading book appropriate to their reading ability.

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in This Year's Reading Journey | Posted on June 22, 2014

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To choose a book that not too hard, not too easy,
but just right for your child, this is a useful
 
‘Rule of Thumb’:

 

‘Teach your child to read

a page of the book aloud

and to hold up one finger

for each word that they don’t know.

 

If your child is holding up

four fingers and a thumb

before finishing the page,

the book is probably too difficult.

 

It may be one, you and your child

could read together instead.’

 

Please note, this is a recommendation

we have found several places on the internet,

so we cannot attribute it to its original author.

 

 

Past Pupil Success: ‘Mary Wolftide,’ a novel by Sineaid Doyle &Emer Nolan

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Past Pupil Success | Posted on June 19, 2014

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Occasionally on our blog we write about 

past pupils of St. Brigid’s, Greystones.

Earlier in the year we told you about 

Emily’s Green Fingers

and her contribution to

the Greystones  community.

Before that we wrote about Harry 

who is having great success musically.

We called that post

 ‘Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns grow’ .

We also told you about a girl 

called Caroline Dwyer Hickey

who was a much loved teacher

remembered by her family

with the gift of

The Greystones Bear 

to this seaside town.

 

Past pupil of the school Emer Nolan,

worked on a Write A Book,

that she had written here in school

when she was in Ms Ahern’s Class. 

 

From that original story her

Mum, Sineaid Doyle has written a book

which is now available on Kindle

under the imaginative title:

‘Mary Wolftide’.

 

The book is dedicated to Emer

and her brother Rory:

‘To Emer and Rory who always think of

another twist in the tale’.

 

Click on this link to see.

 

 

Student Request: ‘Word Jungle’: Vocabulary Game

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Educational Websites, English Language Games, Student Favourite, Student Request | Posted on June 17, 2014

We had the game ‘Word Jungle’

embedded on this page,

but it was just TOO noisy.

Every time anyone opened our page,

they heard jungle drums

and monkeys chattering

and the neighbours were starting to complain ;)

Click on this link to go to Word Jungle

and have fun :)

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You can find more student favourites by clicking on the tag

‘Student Request’ 

or ‘Student Favourite’ at the top of this post.

One of the best things about blogging: Interesting things we learn

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Blogging Buddies, The best thing about blogging | Posted on June 16, 2014

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When we blog we learn interesting things

about people and places all over the world.

We learned that New Zealand is ahead of us.

When it is Sunday evening here,

the students are back in school for Monday.

 

We learned when it is Winter in Ireland,

it is Summer in Australia.

 

Did you know that students in New Zealand

do not wear shoes in class.

This wonderful video is how we found out.

We also see how hard they work.

 

Thank you to Mr. Spice and his students in

Room Three, Aurora School,

Taranaki, New Zealand.

Have a look here.

It is amazing :)

 

If you want to know more about

students going barefoot in school

Izzy, Emily and Gemma

from Mr. Webb’s Room One

Aurora School made a short film

about it. You can see it here.

Fathers’ Day 15th June: Good Dads in the Animal Kingdom

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Science; Living Things | Posted on June 12, 2014

We were learning about good Dads in the Animal Kingdom.

Here are some we found out about:

Prairie Tyrannosaur
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Dinosaur
The experts say that there is evidence
that dinosaur dads minded their children
and protected the nest.

Pygmy marmoset
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Marmoset
The marmoset grooms the baby monkeys,
feeds them and carries them round on his back.

Hippocampus
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Seahorse
The seahorse is the only male creature that gives birth

frog
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Darwin frog
Carries the eggs in a special pocket
in his throat until they hatch into tadpoles.

Betta splendens
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Siamese fighting fish
Protects the eggs until they hatch.

Antarctica, november 2007
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Emperor penguin
The Emperor penguin keeps his egg warm under his feathers, balanced on his toes. He doesn’t eat for two months while he is waiting for the egg to hatch.

Mr Kong
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Silverback gorilla
The silverback gorilla protects his children

and plays with them.

You can read more about good Dads

in the Animal Kingdom here!

We had a vote.

The Emperor penguin is our favourite.

Which is yours?

Student Request: We love dancing: ‘The Witch Doctor Song’

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Music: Song SInging, PE: Dance, Student Request | Posted on June 12, 2014

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We enjoy dancing.

We have dancing class every week.

One of our favourite dances in ‘The Witch Doctor’.

Click on this link and you can hear this funny song

and read along with the words online.

Rainy Day Fun: Art: Some online activities

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Art: Digital, Student Favourite | Posted on June 11, 2014

Jewels of rainy day
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Draw a self portrait

and then make it even more original

by adding animal ears and tail etc.

Build Your Wild Self

 

This is great fun!

Draw a Stickman: An Animation Adventure

 

Here is another one:

Scribbler for beautiful pictures

End of Year Prayer Service: Infants – 2nd Class

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Prayer Service, Religion | Posted on June 10, 2014

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End of Year Prayer Service

Good morning & welcome. 

We are all here today with

new friends and old friends

and all our kind teachers.

 

We know that Jesus is our friend too

and so we sing our first song;  

‘Jesus is our Friend’.

 

Now we will say the Sign of the Cross 

in the three ways we know how;

(In the name of the Father…

As Gaeilge … and finally;

God came down from heaven to earth,

to remind us to love people on this side and this side

and not to forget ourselves. Amen … )

 

Candle Prayer;

‘Chase away the darkness.

Fill the world with light,

be a little candle flame and shine out bright’.

 

Why do we light a candle?

To remind us that God our Father in Heaven is always with us.

 

Song; ‘This Little Light of Mine’

 

Now it is time to say GOOD MORNING

to God our Father in Heaven;

‘Father in Heaven, you love me…etc.’

 

I’ll try to please you Father.

That is not easy.

But if we are truly sorry in our hearts,

then God our Father in Heaven will always forgive us.

 

So let’s say SORRY to God

‘O my God I thank you for loving me.

I am sorry for all my sins, for not loving others and not loving you.

Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again.

Amen’.

 

Let’s sing a sorry song;

‘Forgive and Forget x2

Make up your quarrels, be friends.

Remember the King, when he cancelled the debt.

Be kind to each other.

Forgive and forget

 

Forgive and forget x2.

Show that you’re sorry, be friends.

So try to be brave when you’re sad and upset.

Cheer up and be happy.

Forgive and forget.

 

Yes today we are going to have

a special time together.

We are going to think about the time

we have spent together in school

 

We are going to think about the ways

we have grown and all that we have learned

 

We are going to thank God

for all the ways in which

we have helped each other

to grow,

to learn

and to play together every day.

 

And to do this we are going

to practise a song that we will sing;

‘Thank you God we love you.

Thank you God we pray.

Thank you God we love you.

Thank you day by day’.

 

First we will give thanks to God

for the ways we have grown;

Our hands have grown,

our feet have grown.

Our whole body has grown.

We are getting taller all the time.

We are getting stronger all the time.

 

Sing; ‘Thank you God we love you.

Thank you God we pray.

Thank you God we love you.

Thank you day by day’.

 

Let’s also give thanks to God

for all that we have learned.

We can sing;

‘Monday morning off to school I go’ etc.

 

We can play lots of different games;

We learned rhymes like; 

Two Little Dicky Birds or Incy, Wincy Spider.

 

We know our numbers

Altogether;

‘I’ll show you one

I’ll show you two etc. to ten’.

 

We know how to read some words

Thank… you… God…

 

We can write some words.

Now take your magic finger and write

T-h-a-n-k… y-o-u… G-o-d…

 

Yes for all we have learned let’s all sing;

‘Thank you God we love you.

Thank you God we pray….’

 

Now let us think of all the people

who help us to grow and to learn and play.

For all the people that help us especially;

 

For our family

For our brothers and sisters

For our teachers.

 

Sing; ‘Thank you God we love you

Thank you God we pray

Thank you God we love you

Thank you day by day’.

 

So we are going to say thanks to God and sing;

‘Mr. Cow …how do you, say to the Lord, ‘I love you’?’

 

Lord God, Thank you for this year.

Thank you for all the growing we have done

and the learning we have done

and the people who have helped us.

Thank you for all our teachers.

 

To finish, let’s sing out the Good News;

God is every where;

‘If I Go Climbing …’

Teach your Voki Avatar to speak Irish!

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Gaeilge | Posted on June 9, 2014

Teaching a Voki to speak Irish is fun!

We wanted to teach ours how to say this:

Dia dhuit. Céad míle fáilte romhat! 

Cad is ainm duit? Is mise Seán.

Conas atá tú? Tá mé féin ar fheabhas!

Slán!

We had to write it as it is pronounced:

Dee a gwith. Cade mee le fault teh row at.

Cod iss ann im dit? Iss mish e Shaun.

Cun as a taw too? Taw may fain air owse!

Slawn!

So what does that mean?

Hello. (God be with you) One hundred thousand welcomes.

What is your name? My name is Sean.

How are you? I myself am feeling wonderful!

Bye!

It’s not quite right. But we think we did a good job.

Why not click on this link to check out some of the

other work we have done in Irish.

Gaeilge: ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Gaeilge | Posted on June 9, 2014

When Ms Wyatt came to our school,

she talked to us about Australia.

We sang for her and we taught her some Irish.

She found ‘Slán‘ (goodbye) easy and she found

‘Go raibh maith agat’ (thank you) very hard.

 

We thought we would post some other useful phrases

We thought this would be a good one to start with.

Céad míle fáilte (A hundred thousand welcomes

(Pronounced: Cade meal a fault cha)

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 You can see other posts about our native language here.

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