Category Archives: Teacher Education

Connection between Leaving Cert Maths Results and Future Maths Teaching

Imagine a country where most post-primary students perform well in mathematics and get good results in their maths exams. Assuming that the exams are of a good quality, the graduates of such a system will generally be clear, logical thinkers and creative problem solvers. Continue reading

Reforming teaching practice so that children learn more

With minor variations, teaching practice placements in Irish primary colleges of education are organised along similar lines. Students, individually or in pairs, are assigned to the classrooms of experienced teachers for periods of three or four weeks, where they teach the children at least two and up to six or seven lessons a day, covering most or all curriculum subjects over the period. Continue reading

Time to link CPD with classroom practice and children’s learning

The Teaching Council has published a report (available here)  on primary teachers’ participation in professional development that draws on data gathered from teachers’ responses to questionnaires in the Growing up in Ireland study. Teachers were asked the following questions: Continue reading