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Demonstrating Practical Projects in Primary Science

This course will give you over 100 simple and fun science activities to do in your class. All activities are connected to the primary science curriculum. The course contains videos and extensive notes which will allow you to bring these fun ideas into the classroom and make your science lesson come alive. For teachers who are worried about their knowledge of science, all the science behind the activities will be explained as well as all the things that can go wrong and how to overcome them. There are extensions to all the activities to connect that to real world science, to challenge students and to discuss issues such as the shortages in clear drinking water in developing countries.


Learning outcomes:

  • To help students to improve their questioning, observing, predicting and exploring skills.
  • Analyse the science behind basic science activity.
  • Discuss how these science activities are connected to the real world.
  • Evaluating design ideas and how to incorporate student’s ideas into these activities.
  • Experimenting and investigating to carry out simple science projects.
  • Estimating and learning simple methods to estimate, measure and compare observations.

Therapeutic Art in Education

This course will provide teachers with practical therapeutic art techniques for their own enhanced wellbeing and for use in the classroom. We will explore art making for wellbeing with experiential exercises, self-reflection and resources that demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of art making. Art making techniques and exercises will be linked to the visual art curriculum strands throughout and the course will equip teachers with knowledge and understanding in how to incorporate a more creative and holistic approach to art making in the classroom. We will also explore our own relationship with art making and engage in art making activities in each module.

Learning Outcomes:
- An understanding of the therapeutic benefits of art making.
- Practical therapeutic art making techniques suitable for use in the classroom.
- Practical therapeutic art making techniques suitable for teachers' own well being.
- A developed understanding of self reflective practice and it's benefits.

Author: Rachel Byrne

Gramadach na Gaeilge

The course is for those who wish to consolidate what they know, to put a structure on knowledge that may be scattered. It is also for those who get lost in the seeming maze of grammar. It is to simplify to what needs to be known about Gramadach na Gaeilge and will assist in teaching this. It is not for someone who already has a keen grasp of gramadach na Gaeilge.

Bringing S.E.S.E. to Life

This exciting and newly developed course for 2021 will meet all your needs for teaching SESE in a creative, exploratory and child-centred way. This engaging course will draw on active learning methodologies, technology integration and inquiry-based learning STEM/STEAM ideas to truly bring SESE to life in your classroom. With something for everyone from Juniors - 6th Class, “Bringing SESE to Life” will introduce leading SESE within your school and reflecting on whole-school practice.

Learn how to create and meaningfully assess inquiry-based projects with your students. Explore demonstrating your class’s work in innovative and creative ways, with both digital presentations and physical displays in the classroom. The learning environment, learning experiences and learning outcomes of the students will all be considered within this course. This course was created by subject experts and authors of the new “Let’s Discover” Programme from CJ Fallon.

Also, our learning outcomes so far are as follows: 

The participants will be enabled to:

·   Engage in a variety of active learning practices and methodologies to support learning in SESE Subjects.

·   Use technology to support learning in SESE subjects.

·   Create engaging STEM and STEAM activities and challenges in the classroom. 

·   Critically reflect on the teaching and learning within their SESE classes and explore leading SESE within schools. 


The Legislative Landscape for Schools

Teachers deal with complex legal issues every day. They wonder whether what they do is what they should do. Questions about supervision, inclusion, attendance, safeguarding, behaviour, school evaluation, circulars etc are a reality for many. Here is a course that explains what the relevant law is and what teachers need to know. The content deals with real life examples and highlights how the education legislation applies in the school and classroom. Schools exist for the benefit of students who are entitled to get an ‘appropriate education’. We examine what this means for a child, his/her parents and for the teacher. By the end of the course participants will have explored the Education Act 1998, the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004, The Education Admission to Schools Act 2018 and will have considered a range of landmark court decisions about behaviour, inclusion and supervision.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This course closes on 30th July. 

Course outcomes

· Participants will be introduced to the essential aspects of the law for schools.

· Participants will understand the connection from legislation to policy.

· Participants will be familiar with the duties of teachers and principals as set out in Education law.

· Participants will be familiar with a selection of landmark court cases about education.

Author: Mary Meaney

An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy

This course will introduce you to some of the debates and methods in contemporary philosophy.  You will become familiar with the dominant schools of philosophy and understand some of the methodological differences between them, especially Analytic and Continental Philosophy. The course will focus in on, Ethics, Political Philosophy and The Philosophy of Technology, and show how different philosophers approach these topics. In this way, the course will afford teachers a space to consider some of the issues that concern philosophers today,  but also to reflect on how this might inform their own teaching practice. It uses vivid and colourful examples that can be adapted to the  classroom settings and gives examples of philosophical debates that encourage critical thinking.

Gaeilge Le Spraoi

This course will provide teachers with a bank of games and digital resources which they can use in their classrooms to support the teaching of Gaeilge and the facilitation of the new Primary Language Curriculum. The course will give teachers the confidence to plan and create meaningful activities around the needs of their pupils with a focus on fun, child-led learning through games and digital technologies. Teachers will be enabled to set clear objectives for their games/ICT lessons and also equipped with the skills to adapt and assess these activities. The assignment aspects of this course will be hands-on and give teachers the opportunity to practice and demonstrate their new learning. The course will provide teachers with a renewed energy and approach towards the teaching of Gaeilge, which will support them in creating a classroom where a love for the language is fostered.#

Participants will be enabled to:

  • Reflect on their current practice of teaching Gaeilge
  • Identify the benefits and potential of using cluichí in their teaching
  • Set clear game objectives for their class using assessment and the Primary Language Curriculum as a support
  • Effectively adapt a variety of games to suit their Gaeilge theme, class level, pupil needs and differentiation
  • Create their own card games, board games, oral language games and physical games
  • Acquire a bank of games to use upon their return to the classroom (adaptable for all classes)
  • Increase their confidence around the use of cluichí  in the classroom
  • Develop an excitement and positivity around the planning for Gaeilge next year through the incorporation of cluichí
  • Explore a variety of online resources which support the teaching and learning of Gaeilge

Wellness & Self-Care for Teachers

Self-care is not a reward for hard work, it is part of the process. It’s the careful repetition of simple habits, which work together to soothe you and make sure you’re at your optimum - emotionally, physically, and mentally. This course invites teachers and school leaders to recharge their batteries by focusing on fostering wellness through self-care. You will be invited to try out and adopt a range of self-care tools. The goal is to figure out which strategies work best for you. 

 

A range of practical wellbeing strategies are presented including: nutrition, hydration, sleep, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, time-management, creativity, outdoor therapy and goal setting. You will be enabled to come to a greater understanding of the concept of self-care, become more aware of your own self-care needs and take steps to enhance your sense of wellness. A wide variety of templates, tools and resources are presented in the course which participants can use to coordinate staff wellbeing initiatives when they return to school. The services provided by Wellbeing Together as part of the Employee Assistance Service are explored in depth. 


COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course will enable participants to:

  • Understand the process of Wellbeing Promotion using the SSE process outlined in the Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice
  • Explore wellbeing from the teacher’s perspective and develop a toolkit for self-care.
  • Examine, explore and discuss the ways in which teachers can focus on self-care practices that will enhance and maintain a positive sense of wellbeing
  • Use a range of tools to enable teachers  to develop self-awareness and knowledge, build life skills and develop a strong sense of connectedness to their school and their community.
  • Explore the ways in which teachers can be as physically and emotionally well and healthy as they can be, by building their motivation and commitment to physical activity and informed lifestyle choices.
  • Explore resources that can be used to support their wellbeing including the Employee Assistance Service – Wellbeing Together

The Wellbeing Toolkit for Teachers & Children

This course presents a wide range of practical strategies that you can use to promote and foster wellbeing across the whole school community. Learn how to use the SPHE and PE curricula to enable children to develop self-awareness, build life skills and develop a strong sense of connectedness to their school and their community and wider society. You will be invited to focus on your own wellbeing as you move through the course and develop a toolkit for your own self-care.

 

A key element of the course is the opportunity it provides for you to share examples of your own practice, and in turn learn from other participant's experiences and approaches to wellbeing promotion in the primary school. Explore, discuss and share the ways in which the SSE process can be used to conduct a review of wellbeing promotion in their school, using the Wellbeing Framework.

This course will enable participants to:

  • Examine, explore and discuss the ways in which wellbeing supports children’s social, emotional and physical development now and into the future.
  • Use the SPHE and PE curricula to enable children to develop self-awareness and knowledge, build life skills and develop a strong sense of connectedness to their school and their community and wider society.
  • Explore the ways in which children can be encouraged to be as physically and emotionally well and healthy as they can be, by building their motivation and commitment to physical activity and informed lifestyle choices.
  • Explore curricular resources that can be used to support children in learning to value positive and healthy relationships with others.
  • Explore, discuss and share the ways in which the SSE process can be used to conduct a review of wellbeing promotion in their school.
  • Strengthen their schools’ efforts in wellbeing promotion.
  • Explore wellbeing from the teachers perspective and develop a toolkit for self-care.
  • Explore a range of resources that support children to foster their own wellbeing and support their ability to deal with the normal challenges of life, become resilient and cope in a variety of situations and circumstances.
  • Share examples of their own practice with others and learn from each others’ experiences and approaches to wellbeing promotion in primary school.

Considering Leadership

Are you a school leader, aspiring leader, ISM member or teacher wishing to consider what is involved in leadership in education? Then this course is for you. Learn about theory and practice with lots of ideas and suggestions on leadership practice for your classroom or school. Various facets of leadership will be discussed with practical ideas to implement. In addition, reference will be made to various circulars, and DES guidelines for leadership and management in schools. This course will also suit teachers who may be considering applying for posts in schools or those who wish to understand what school leadership entails.

Author: Paul Butler

Life Coaching for Teachers

Learn about the theory and practice of Life Coaching Psychology.  Practice some of the most popular practical coaching activities and learn about their applications to your personal and professional development.  Amass a tookit of tools tips and tricks for use immediately in your classroom and your life!


This course is both reflective and practical in nature suitable for both teachers and school leaders to reflect on their own professional and personal practices, with a view to making improvements.  Participants will gain insight into the world of life coaching and will carry out some practical assignments and reflective tasks to aid teachers make better decisions, reframe challenges, encourage mindset growth, and become more self aware. 

With lots of practical ideas from the world of coaching, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Positive Psychology,  participants will gain a solid understanding of how coaching can have both a positive impact on their personal and professional development, and also on their future well-being.  

Author: Paul Butler

No Splashing! Teaching Water Safety in the Primary Classroom

Water Safety Ireland's Summer Course aims to give teachers the toolkit to confidently teach PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety) programme. The course also supports the teaching of water safety as part of the Strand Myself, Strand Unit Safety and Protection (Personal Safety) in the SPHE programme.  It aims to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of water safety at sea, on inland waterways, on the farm, in swimming pools and at home, through the use of factual information and local  evidence of water safety incidents.  Teachers  will explore lesson content exemplars and teaching methodologies and provide a variety of resources suitable for teaching and discussing water safety.  Learn how water safety lessons can be evaluated and assessed and how it may be situated within the context of the school self-evaluation process. The course will also enable teachers to enhance their awareness of their own safety when in, on and near water

20 Inspirational Women in Irish History

This course looks at inspirational women in Irish history, many of which have been overlooked by the books. It is informative and interesting, choosing women that you may not have considered icons until now. It is a subjective choice and you may wish to suggest others – this can be done in the various Forums.

Physical, Political, Environmental and Social Geography of Ireland

·  To inform teachers about the location and significance of mountains, rivers, lakes, headlands, seas, islands and bays of Ireland as well as the Provinces, Counties, Towns and Cities of Ireland.

·  To provide teachers with information and resources that they can use in their own classrooms which they can use in their own classroom to learn more about the Irish physical environment as well as the role of the Irish landscape in the tourist industry.

·  To bring teachers on a literary and musical tour of Ireland and provide them with an understanding of the connection between artists and the places that inspired them.

Mindfulness Wellbeing and Resilience for Schools

Teachers need to be nourished before they can nourish others…

This comprehensive, cross curricular course is a well-balanced, creative course with nourishing practices including mindfulness, wellness, resilience, ‘WSE with ease’ and a variety of resources for skillful and easy whole school implementation. Coming from a wealth of creative practices, rigorous research, and extensive interaction with teachers across the country, it ensures a unique and practical experience for Irish teachers, the Irish curriculum and Irish schools. We wish you a restful and practical experience enjoying simple teacher and pupil activities to support daily life in the classroom, school and beyond.

Mindfulness Self-Care & Classroom Wellbeing

A happy teacher builds a happy classroom.

With over 7,000 previous participants endorsing the course, teachers are its top priority. The course offers a welcome opportunity to learn and practice mindfulness and wellbeing and to gain new and fresh activities for pupils. Not a typical online course, it is very experiential with audios, videos, practices, cute clips, mindful walks and fun. It cultivates mindfulness;  enhances positive mental, emotional and physical health; integrates SPHE; reduces stress; increases calm and contentment and encourages a skillful responses to challenging classroom situations. We teach the easy way so you can relax and enjoy!

Nutrition for Wellbeing

This course aims to support you in enhancing your own wellbeing, by learning how to nourish your body and mind with delicious, easy and nutritious recipes. It will support your teaching of Nutrition in SPHE and the promotion of wellbeing in your school. In Nutrition for Wellbeing, we will explore the science behind nutrition and how to use food to enhance your mood and energy levels. We will explore a variety of resources and initiatives that will support you in teaching children about nutrition and healthy eating through the SPHE curriculum, which will equip them with key skills and knowledge to enable them to confidently make healthier life choices. You will learn how to support children in growing and preparing food at school and how to prepare a Healthy Eating Policy for your school. We will also explore a wide range of healthy lunch recipes for the busy teacher, and you will be invited to make some delicious, nutritious high energy snacks to bring with you to school!

This course aims to:

  • Enhance teachers’ understanding of the concept of healthy eating in order to support them in promoting wellbeing in the primary school.
  • Support teachers in teaching about nutrition and healthy eating through the SPHE curriculum, using a range of resources including the Walk Tall programme and resources from the HSE, in order to equip children with key skills and knowledge which will enable them to confidently make healthier life choices.
  • Enable teachers to support children in growing and preparing food at school through a variety of initiatives and resources, including Food Dudes, Incredible Edibles, and Safefood Tastebuds.
  • Enhance teacher wellbeing by encouraging participants to prepare healthy lunches for themselves through the provision of quick and easy recipes for the busy teacher.
  • Enable schools to support healthy eating practices by preparing a Healthy Eating Policy.
  • Raise awareness of the Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice as a means of engaging schools in the planning, implementation and evaluation of health-related activities under the school self-evaluation process. 


 

Zoom Summer Course - Mindfulness and Wellbeing for Teachers and Pupils

This is not a course. Access only for registered participants of the MEC Zoom Mindfulness Course. If you are a registered participant of the MEC Zoom Mindfulness Course, please enrol here by clicking on this course. You may be required to create an account on the site prior to enrolment.