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Primary Newsletter - 4th December 2020

Clare Education Centre Newsletter - Primary

Newsletter - 4th December 2020

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Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance are available for all webinars/courses organised by Clare Education Centre. The link to your Certificate of Attendance is included in the webinar/course evaluation form.
 

Webinar - The Board of Management: Exploring Effective Practices

Webinar - The Board of Management: Exploring Effective Practices

Please share with all members of your Board of Management.

Panellists will offer practical advice, some 'take-away' actions and suggestions of effective practices.

This webinar will explore topics including:
- Engagement of all Board of Management members
- Communication within the Board of Management and developing good working relationships
- Communication and connecting with the school community
- Correspondence and Confidentiality

Course date: 19-01-2021 7:30 pm
Price: Free
Panelists: Brian O'Doherty (IPPN), Noreen Lawlor (CPSMA), Deirdre O'Donoghue (Educate Together), Bernard McHale (PDST)

 

Design and Create a Christmas Decoration

Design and Create a Christmas Decoration

Using any materials available, can your class design and create a Christmas themed decoration?

Send us your designs and pictures on twitter at @ClareEdCentre with the tagline #SteamChallenge or email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It could be a hanging bauble, a star, a sled, a crib or even a Classroom Christmas tree! Anything goes!!  As well as the creativity involved in building and designing the decoration, can the children engage in the STEAM skills of ..Collaboration? Problem Solving? Creativity and Originality? Critical Thinking?

There are tonnes of ideas available online but, if possible, allow the pupils to lead the enquiry and think of their own!

DOWNLOAD FLYER HERE

Primary Maths TeachMeet

Primary Maths TeachMeet

Call for expressions of interest

Are you willing to share your ideas about how to support children’s maths learning?

Clare Education Centre in conjunction with Maths4All will be organising an online Primary Maths TeachMeet in early Spring.

A TeachMeet is an organised but informal meeting for teachers to share good practice, innovations and personal insights.  Presentations are generally either 3 minutes of 6 minutes in duration on a topic of your choice. 

Please register your interest in presenting HERE by Friday, 11th December 2020.


IZAK9 Project 2021

IZAK9 Project 2021

We are looking for schools who would be interested in participating in 4 x ZOOM workshops between Jan and April 2021, focusing on how best to use IZAK9 cubes to develop problem-solving skills in the Senior Classes. IZAK9 contains a wide range of tasks aimed at the maths skills area of the curriculum and these will be fully developed.

Participating schools should either have the cubes already or be in a position to borrow cubes for the duration of the course (Cubes can be borrowed from Clare EC). The course will be delivered through ZOOM but collective meetings in the Education Centre or onsite visits would also be possible, depending on circumstances.

If interested in participating, CLICK HERE to complete the application form by Friday, 11th December 2020. 

CPD Workshops 2020/21 - SFI Discover Primary Science & Maths (DPSM) programme and the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO Ireland)

CPD Workshops 2020/21 - SFI Discover Primary Science & Maths (DPSM) programme and the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO Ireland)

Whole staff CPD workshops are now available as part of the SFI Discover Primary Science & Maths (DPSM) programme and the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO Ireland). Workshops are available face-to-face in your school or live online through Zoom.  Places are limited to 100 schools for 2020/21. Workshop are FREE

Each of the CPD workshops is an online 2 hour session delivered live via Zoom by two DPSM facilitators.

Register your school today for your series of three x 2 hour workshops for your staff, with a minimum of 10 teachers participating (small schools can partner with other schools).

These workshops can be organised as part of your “Croke Park” hours.

All information HERE

FÍS Storyboard Storytelling Competition

FÍS Storyboard Storytelling Competition

The FÍS Storyboard Storytelling competition provides an opportunity for pupils to visually interpret a story or concept or topic, use artistic media and different types of shots to convey that story in an imaginative and creative way.  A full brief, judging criteria and how to enter this exciting competition is available here.

The brief provides suggested themes & topics, storyboard presentation tips, judging criteria and general competition guidelines for teachers. Entries will be categorised on the basis of class age / level and prizes will be awarded across a variety of categories.

The closing date is 29 January 2021

CLICK HERE To Enter The Storyboard Storytelling Competition

 

    

ESCI Podcast: Ignite Your Light - Your Way to Wellness

ESCI Podcast: Ignite Your Light - Your Way to Wellness

Episode Two - Keeping the Flame Alive: A Time for Hope - LISTEN HERE

Come away to a safe space to rest, restore, recover and renew. Join Ann-Marie for a recovery mindful practice and hear her chat to primary school principal and health promotion advocate Robbie O'Connell about how we can ignite the flame of hope within as we navigate the challenging new terrain in our schools.



Upcoming Webinars

Webinar - Teaching Handwriting with Brendan Culligan

Webinar - Teaching Handwriting with Brendan Culligan

This session will focus on the importance of handwriting. It will examine the main stages of the development of penmanship and the teaching of handwriting. The stages of emergent writing will be discussed along with pre-writing activities and the teaching of letter formation. The session will also address issues that make writing difficult and examine the importance of beginning cursive writing and reasons why it should be taught from the beginning of schooling.

Course date: 07-12-2020 7:00 pm
Price: €5.00
Tutor - Speaker: Brendan Culligan
 

WEBINAR - Infant Teacher's Support (December)

WEBINAR - Infant Teacher's Support (December)

Martina has kindly offered to continue to facilitate the Infant Support Group in these challenging times.  To this end, it is proposed to have a Zoom meeting on Tuesday December 8th at 4pm.  The meeting will be an opportunity to catch up, to chat, to share ideas and to plan.

Course date: 08-12-2020 4:00 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Martina O Grady
 

Webinar - Teaching without your Laptop on a SMART Interactive Panel

Webinar - Teaching without your Laptop on a SMART Interactive Panel
Explore the IQ (the built-in android computer) on the SMART Board. Learn how to use the SMART Board without being plugged into any computer.  Discover features of the built-in whiteboard and how to get writing immediately.
Course date: 09-12-2020 3:30 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Melissa Shine
 

Understanding TikTok: A Webinar for Parents of Children in Primary School

Understanding TikTok: A Webinar for Parents of Children in Primary School

TikTok is the fastest growing social media platform ever.  This webinar aims to build your understanding of the popularity of TikTok  and the steps parents can take to protect their children who use TikTok .

Course date: 14-12-2020 8:00 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Graham Mulhern
    

Webinar - Developing a Whole School Systematic Approach to SEN

Webinar - Developing a Whole School Systematic Approach to SEN
This presentation outlines the complex role of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator at primary level. 
Course date: 11-01-2021 7:00 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Maria Geaney
 

SNA Webinar - Working with the child with Sensory Processing difficulties

SNA Webinar - Working with the child with Sensory Processing difficulties

Clare, Monaghan, Tralee and Navan Education Centres in partnership with Progressive College will be delivering a series of online live webinars for SNA'S, on a number of specific topics which will assist in further developing knowledge and skills central to their role as an SNA.  The next topic covered will be Working with the child with Sensory Processing difficulties and will take place on Tuesday 12th January at 3.30pm 

Course date: 12-01-2021 3:30 pm
Price: €5.00
Tutor - Speaker: Progressive College
 

A Therapeutic Toolbox to Manage Challenging Behaviour Online Workshop Series

A Therapeutic Toolbox to Manage Challenging Behaviour Online Workshop Series

This is an online, feedback-based presentation that will enable Primary and Secondary teachers, Special Needs assistants, SEN and support teachers to use various creative interventions to help and support children in their care. 

Course date: 12-01-2021 6:00 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Dipankar Biswas
 

Webinar - How to Thrive in a World of Busy presented by John Doran

Webinar - How to Thrive in a World of Busy presented by John Doran

John's talk will focus on how to bring the best, rather than the stress, out of yourself and those around you. As we lean into unprecedented times, the temptation is to make a badge of busy, to the detriment of both our productivity and wellbeing.

Course date: 13-01-2021 4:00 pm
Price: €5.00
Tutor - Speaker: John Doran
 

Creating a Mindful classroom Online Workshop Series

Creating a Mindful classroom Online Workshop Series

When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it is our job to share our calm, not to join their chaos-L.R. Knost

Course date: 13-01-2021 6:00 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Dipankar Biswas
 

Webinar - An Introduction to the Welcome to Well-Being Programme

Webinar - An Introduction to the Welcome to Well-Being Programme

Join author Fiona Forman as she gives an outline of her new 3 -level SPHE programme for Infants to First Class children, Welcome to Well-Being, available in January 2021. 

Course date: 13-01-2021 7:00 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Fiona Forman
 

Webinar – Toe by Toe online training for Teachers & SNAs (parents also welcome)

Webinar –  Toe by Toe online training for Teachers & SNAs (parents also welcome)

The workshop is aimed at all staff (parents are also welcome) involved with the teaching of students who are struggling with reading so a ‘hands on’ approach is taken wherever possible.

Course date: 14-01-2021 7:00 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Frank Cowling, Managing Director of Toe by Toe LTD @Keda Publications
 

Webinar - Using Puppets to Develop Oral Language Skills

Webinar - Using Puppets to Develop Oral Language Skills

In this session participants will be introduced to how to incorporate puppets into the classroom and the various weekly adventures it can take children developing a range of both constrained e.g. alphabetic knowledge and unconstrained skills e.g. auditory memory.

Course date: 14-01-2021 7:00 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Catherine Gilliland
 

Webinar Series - Managing & Understanding Challenging Behaviour for Primary & Post Primary Teachers & SNAs

Webinar Series - Managing & Understanding Challenging Behaviour for Primary & Post Primary Teachers & SNAs

This webinar series is suitable for all Teachers & SNAs in both Primary & Post Primary Schools. It will be run over 4 x 1.5 hour sessions in early 2021. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion.  

Course date: 19-01-2021 7:00 pm
Price: €20.00
Tutor - Speaker: Muireann Sadlier
  

Webinar Series - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS)

Webinar Series - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS)

A comprehensive online ASD and Movement training series which can be completed over a number of weeks. The 5 webinars culminate in a core ASD/FMS fundamental movement skill programme which is currently essential as both a regulatory and behaviour management strategy. 

Course date: 20-01-2021 3:15 pm
Price: €25.00
Tutor - Speaker: Dr Susan Crawford PhD
 

Seisiúin 1: Measúnú trí Ghaeilge

Seisiúin 1: Measúnú trí Ghaeilge

Díreoidh an seisiún seo ar na modhanna éagsúla measúnaithe is féidir a úsáid chun próifíl iomlánaíoch a chruthú de mhic léinn atá ag foghlaim trí Ghaeilge. Tá sé tábhachtach go mbeadh tuiscint ag múinteoirí i scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge ar mhodhanna éagsúla measúnaithe toisc nach bhfuil go leor measúnuithe caighdeánaithe ar fáil trí Ghaeilge. Cuirfidh an seisiún seo straitéisí praiticiúla ar fáil gur féidir a úsáid sa seomra ranga.

Course date: 21-01-2021 7:00 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Dr. Sinéad Nic Aindriú (Andrews)
 

Webinar - 'Unlocking Literacy in the Classroom' - Reading improvement through developing fluency

Webinar - 'Unlocking Literacy in the Classroom' - Reading improvement through developing fluency

The reading fluency webinar will briefly explain why focus on reading fluency.  

Course date: 25-01-2021 7:00 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Dr. Ellen Reynor
   

Webinar - Creating a positive environment for school staff in negative times

Webinar - Creating a positive environment for school staff in negative times
The aim of this one-hour Webinar is for Teachers and SNAs to learn simple self care techniques and how to create a positive working environment.
Course date: 26-01-2021 7:00 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Rachel Mescall and Carrie Budds
 

Online Session: Information Session on Epilepsy Awareness for Teachers and SNAs

Online Session: Information Session on Epilepsy Awareness for Teachers and SNAs

Community Resource Officer with Epilepsy Ireland, Veronica Bon will speak about epilepsy related issues in school, including types of seizures, first aid, triggers and activities and how to handle seizures in the school environment.  This online information session is suitable for all staff dealing with students with epilepsy in both primary and post-primary schools.  

Course date: 27-01-2021 7:00 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Veronica Bon
 

Webinar - The Underlying Skills Necessary for Handwriting

Webinar - The Underlying Skills Necessary for Handwriting

Handwriting is a very complex process and there are tons of reasons why a child may be struggling. Wondering why a child can't remember how to form their letters? Or why they are slumped on the desk? Can't keep the letters on the line?

Course date: 27-01-2021 7:00 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Jessica Kennedy
 

Webinar - Using Boardmaker 7 in Primary & Post Primary Schools

Webinar - Using Boardmaker 7 in Primary & Post Primary Schools
This is a complete special education platform that supports education, communication, access and social/emotional needs. At home, at school, or in a clinical practice, Boardmaker drives your student's success.
Course date: 28-01-2021 3:30 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Michael Brazil
 

Catholic Education: What's the Point? - Online Workshop

Catholic Education: What's the Point? - Online Workshop
In a time where our culture is vastly changing and where anxiety and other mental health problems are on the rise, this course presents how the Catholic faith has a powerful message of hope, dignity and truth for the contemporary person. This course will present the key messages to teach children about the Catholic faith in order to bring it to life. It will also highlight the role Catholic Education plays in our lives and in our culture. 
Course date: 28-01-2021 7:00 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Richard Casey
 

From Dysregulation to Regulation (2 part Online Workshop)

From Dysregulation to Regulation (2 part Online Workshop)

Never in the history of calming down has anyone ever calmed down when told to “Calm Down!” When we feel overwhelmed what we long for is connection. We want someone calm and loving to be with us, to let us know we are seen, heard, cared for and understood. No-one needs, or deserves this type of response more than our children.

Course date: 01-02-2021 5:30 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Aideen Flynn, PG Dip Ed, MA, M-IAPTP
 

Chess 4 Fun Zoom Workshop

Chess 4 Fun Zoom Workshop

For teachers new to chess.   All attendees will go into a draw to win 10 free chess set for your school’s chess club.  And all teachers’ and their students will get free membership of chessossity.com which is the ideal place to start learning the basics of chess.

Course date: 02-02-2021 8:00 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Moves for Life
 


Other 2021 Courses you may be interested in

 


iPads, Lego and Bee-Bots Loan

iPads, Lego and Bee-Bots Loan
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to borrow any of the below.  
- iPad loan service
- Lego and Bee-Bots loan service
- IZAK9 boxes  

 

ESCI

The ESCI (Education Support Centres Ireland) website pulls in courses from Education Centres all over the country allowing you view all courses taking place nationwide.

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