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Exploring Ireland’s Seashore through Science, Maths, Geography, English and Art

The Explorers Education Programme online course aims to provide engaging activities, resources, and support for teachers to incorporate Marine Content through Science, Math’s, English, Geography, and the Arts into the class curriculum.

Launched in 2006, the Explorers Education Programme, funded and supported by the Marine Institute promotes ocean awareness, knowledge, and engagement, as well as supports ocean literacy and marine education in primary schools in Ireland.

By learning about the ocean literacy concepts; enabling us to understand the influence of the ocean on us and our influence on the ocean; as well as supporting engagement with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 12 and 14, teachers will be able to incorporate marine themes with a range of primary subjects and learning methodologies. Through a series of seashore focuses videos and activities participants will explore

  • Biodiversity, and adaptation to the life on the shore,
  • Sustainability fisheries and future of our coastal ecosystems
  • Environmental awareness and care, and design and make
  • Outdoor learning and planning fieldwork
  • Using ICT to bring the Ocean into the classroom
  • Methods for SSE and exploring work samples and self-reflection tools
  • The course provides teachers the opportunity to develop their individual and collective skills through the delivery of ocean literacy concepts and learning about the seashore online as well as through nature. The teachers will become proactive in:

  • Assessing their own abilities as well as positively contributing to understanding the importance of the ocean
  • Being able to communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way
  • Using these skills to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources in line with SDG14

Based over 5 modules, participants will use a range of pre-recorded video content, teacher resources, workbooks, and lesson plans to complete tasks. On completion participants can request a pack of Explorers Educational Resources to be sent to their school.

For more information see www.explorers.ie

Learning outcomes

  • A broad range of cross curricular activities where they will develop their skills, ability and competency in active engagement
  • Inclusive discussion and opportunities for facilitating challenging conversations though online platforms moderated by e-tutors and course director

Author: Noirin Burke

Supporting Literacy & Numeracy through Sensory Play

This course aims to enhance and support the teaching and acquisition of literacy and numeracy in the junior/senior infant classrooms and in special education settings. We are all sensory beings! We make sense of the world through our senses! The course is PACKED with simple, fun achievable ideas, tool, tips, advice and resources to empower your teaching. 

Sensory play has countless benefits including the development of gross and fine motor skills, supporting language development, problem solving skills and social interaction.There will be a huge focus on regulation - including breathing techniques, brain breaks, and fidget toys, so that we can effectively reach the learning brain. Information will be provided on valuable resources and recipes that will make sensory play part of your daily routine to support literacy and numeracy skills and overall happiness in your classroom. There will be  discussion on physical sensory play - our proprioceptive, vestibular and interoceptive systems - with a focus on regulation,  movement, rhythmic activities, messy play and the development of sensory trays.

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.

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. 

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

Digital Technologies in the Primary Classroom

Digital Technologies (DT) and their use across the curriculum has increased greatly in recent years through the Digital Strategy for schools. ICT is a wonderful way of enhancing a child's education and also has huge benefits for our own work as teachers when it comes to planning, learning and assessment. In this course participants will:

● Develop confidence in using DT to enhance teaching, learning and assessment.

● Demonstrate how DT can promote active learning opportunities for students.

● Become familiar with an array of online resources and materials to support teaching,learning and assessment.

● Develop an awareness of safety concerns linked with online teaching and learning.

● Develop an appreciation of the benefits of implementing an appropriate DT system to support both the management & administration functions in planning, preparing and reflecting effectively.

● Identify opportunities to use DT as a source for school self evaluation and as a tool to support school self evaluation.

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

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.

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.

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

Wellness and 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. 


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

An Ghaeilge Labhartha sa Churaclam Nua Teanga

Tabharfaidh an cúrsa seo roinnt mhaith seifteanna simplí, nua-aimseartha do mhúinteoirí maidir leis an nGaeilge ó Bhéal a mhúineadh sa seomra ranga. Déanfaidh na seifteanna seo comhtháthú agus nascadh le hábhair eile ón gCuraclam Bunscoile. Bainfidh an múinteoir agus an dalta taitneamh as na gníomhaíochtaí sa chúrsa seo a chur i bhfeidhm, agus cabhróidh na gníomhaíochtaí maidir le dearcadh dearfach i leith na Gaeilge a chothú sa seomra ranga. Déanfaidh an cúrsa seo roinnt mhaith acmhainní ar líne a roinnt le múinteoirí freisin, seoidíní d'acmhainní a chuireann go mór mór le múineadh agus foghlaim na Gaeilge do chách.

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

Birth of a Nation

This course gives you the background to the 1916 Rising. It explores the effects of  WW1 on the potential new state. It follows on from this to the civil war before setting the scene for the foundation of the new state and explores the challenges that come with the foundation of the new state. Informative and though provoking.

20 Irish Writers for Children

This course gives teachers the opportunity to discover Irish writers for children. This is an opportunity to discover or rediscover some of the best writers in the world for children and adults alike. Module 4 is devoted to writers as Gaeilge. It is also an opportunity to compile a list of possible books by Irish writers, for the school library.

25 Key Events in Ireland since the 1960s

This course covers five decades of Irish History (60s, 70s, 80, 90s and 00s). The course looks at a collection of the major events of these decades in Social Change, Politics, Music, International Events and Sport. It is a small reminder that history is recent and that relatively small events in our experience can have a huge impact on our lives.

25 Inventions that Changed the World

This course offer teachers the opportunity to consider the various inventions that have shaped our world. Some of the choices may not have been considered before as things that have shaped our world. These choices may provide wonderful opportunities for individual or class projects that incorporate many subjects.

Fostering A Positive School Climate Through The Teaching of Happiness

This course is designed to enable teachers to enhance and foster happiness in their lives on both a personal and professional level .  We focus on promoting positive wellbeing and self-care , exploring that which makes us happy and overcoming obstacles to same, developing effective communication skills , combating stress and anxiety and building resilience .  What better toolkit could one have at this time of uncertainty and fear of the unknown.?

This course explores the concept of “ Teaching Happiness” in a light , practical  and interactive way . Starting on a personal level this course aims to demonstrate how by developing skills to enhance our own happiness we can learn to teach others to do the same and hence help to foster a positive working and learning school climate for all.

Learning Outcomes:

1. To afford the teacher the time and opportunity to foster the protection of their overall wellbeing.

2. To enable the teacher to adapt the resources they have explored to use with the children in their care to promote positive wellbeing for all in conjunction with the strands of the SPHE curriculum while also fostering positive wellbeing on an ongoing basis in the classroom.

3. To benefit from the positive effects of combating stress, living mindfully and gaining a better understanding of others inside and outside of the classroom for students and teachers alike.

4. To engage in and learn from a forum for participants to share experiences, ideas and opinions on topics of exploration.

5. To enable the teacher to reflect on and evaluate the promotion of positive wellbeing in their schools under the SSE guidelines 2016-2020

20 Historical Buildings of Ireland

This course looks at the built history of Ireland – from the ring forts to modern architecture. It looks at the iconic buildings and places in Ireland and invites you to explore them virtually and physically. The list could be expanded for every place in Ireland from urban to rural landscapes and invites participants to consider these.

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