Friday, 24 October 2014

College Press: Halloween Edition

Welcome back everyone!
Countdown to Summer Holidays begins now...only 239 days to go! (sorry exam years…)
Firstly we’d like to say farewell to our former editor Eveanna Sutton! We wish her all the best and will miss the optimism she brings to College Press. But thankfully we know our new editor Laura Hannon will match Eveanna’s positivity and UMPF!
We wish you all the best with the year ahead,
Till next time;    
                    Amy, Cara and Laura 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Iteration in Education

'Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed.'

D.Defoe - The Political History of the Devil

It's typically a shock to the system for parents, teachers and pupils but almost as certain as death and taxes, the new school year always rolls around. As the new school year begins people typically strive to 'get back in the routine'. It's understandable and of course part of human nature to seek familiarity. Indeed familiarity can be great. It's great to go back to school and pick up where you left off with great working relationships with both pupils and colleagues.

The danger with the safety blanket of familiarity is that it can start to smother. Using the same plan, making the same comments, teaching the same way, is not advisable. I believe as teachers we are always having to strike a balance between what we have previously used to get results with our pupils and finding new ways to engage our pupils and improve their learning experience. Just like the computer that continually needs new software, teachers need to try new things every year. We need to iterate. When I started teaching I was Eoghan Evesson Version 1.0. If I count every year that I made a concerted effort to improve how I teach as a new version, I think I'm now Eoghan Evesson Version 5.0.
What version are you?
Over the summer I was busy stock piling my software update for this year. Between exam corrections and building sand castles with the kids in Ballycotton, I was retweeting the best educational advice and links that I could find on Twitter. In the the ThingLink picture below I have added just six of the links and tips that I found over the summer that I hope to use in this academic year. The picture itself in the background is from another site I hope to use this year, EDpuzzle. Trying new things in the classroom can be a risk but just like death and taxes, the school year 2015/16 will inevitably arrive and I don't want to be the same version of a teacher when it does.

(Click the black circles)

Monday, 26 May 2014

College Press: Summer Edition

It seems hard to believe but the end of the school year is upon us again. As ever, the College Press is here to give their own unique summary and celebration of the year gone by. Thanks to Mr Doyle and his team for their continued hard work on a College publication that continually looks to develop and bring us the scoop on the best and brightest goings on around the College. We'd also like to wish all our pupils the best of luck with upcoming exams and safe adventures over the summer months.

Friday, 16 May 2014

5th Year Video Inspired by John Montague

Mr Doyle's 5th year English Class recently studied three poems by the Irish/American poet John Montague.  During this study the class were inspired by a student made video of  'The Cage' from YouTube and decided to make their own.  This video is their interpretation of John Montague’s 'Like Dolmens Round my Childhood...'. It was made using a Microsoft Surface tablet and Windows Movie Maker.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Macbeth Characters - PosterMyWall Revision

With the Leaving Cert English exam now in touching distance, hopefully many pupils are making their final preparations for the exam.Macbeth was the Shakespearean choice for Single text at Higher Level and it promises to be as popular a choice as ever with pupils this year. With that in mind, over the coming week I will be posting a series of revision posters on Macbeth's central characters. Each poster will be covering the key quotes, moments and themes related to that character. I have no doubt that you studied Macbeth in a very in-depth manner with your teacher but it is, sadly, simply impossible to show everything you know about the play on the day. Just because you remember three quotes from Macduff does not mean they need to be shoe horned into the question. Know your characters. Know their major moments, motivations, themes they represent and major quotes. Then you can stay flexible to whatever question you get asked on the day and really specifically answer what you were asked. NO SUMMARIES! Finally, I would suggest that you have a list of words and phrases you would associate with each character. Having the correct adjective or verb to describe a particular moment is not going to suddenly jump into your head during the exam. Again don't shoe horn the use of these words into your essay. Use these words as needed. Make sure you are comfortable and clear with using these phrases. Practice the use of such phrases in essay work with your teacher.

I hope that these broad outlines of the central characters can help point you in the right revision direction.

Macbeth Characters - The Witches

Macbeth Characters - Lady Macbeth

Blank Template for class activity - Click here

Macbeth Characters - Macbeth

Macbeth Characters - Banquo