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Summer Inservice Courses 2017

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ONLINE Courses

Online Summer coursesDatesMode of DeliverySectorFee

Assessment for Learning in English Literacy

July 3rd-14th 

Online

Primary/post primary

€99

Mentoring Student Teachers

July 3rd-14th 

Online

Primary/Post primary

€99

Nurturing Parental Engagement in the School

July 3rd-14th 

Online

Primary/post primary

€99

Reflective Practice for Teachers

July 3rd-14th 

Online

Primary/post primary

€99

Growing in Love: Religious Education in Catholic Primary Schools

July 3rd-14th

Online

Primary

€99

ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING IN ENGLISH LITERACY

In this course participants learn about some of the key Assessment for Learning (AfL) strategies in ways that will enhance not only their teaching of oral language, reading and writing, but also effective ways of assessing these areas. How summative assessment data (such as test scores) can be used for formative purposes will be explored together with a range of assessment tools and strategies. Accessing and evaluating web based AfL resources will be integral to the course. Effective ways of communicating assessment data will also be addressed. (primary/post-primary)
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MENTORING STUDENT TEACHERS

Teachers who like to have student teachers on school placement in their classrooms will benefit enormously from this course. The most recent changes in the professional requirements for student teachers are explained and the significance of the role of the host/class/cooperating teacher. The ways in which teachers can play important leadership, mentoring and supportive roles in developing their own professional expertise and leadership capacities is highlighted. A key element in this innovation is the evolving nature of partnership between schools and colleges/universities and the benefits for all when working collaboratively. In this dynamic course, teachers are invited to share their professional knowledge and experiences, and offer feedback on improving school placement processes including mentoring and communication.
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NURTURING PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT IN THE SCHOOL

This course helps teachers to develop positive relationships with parents through a variety of practical approaches. Beginning with the identification of the relationship between teacher attitudes and parental involvement, participants will explore topics such as: effective communication and collaboration, procedures for collaborating with parents, and strategies to recognise and combat bias in oneself and others. The course will offer many opportunities, illustrated examples and practical suggestions for enhancing curriculum, classroom management skills and assessment tools that are inclusive and culturally appropriate.(primary/post-primary)
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REFLECTIVE PRACTICE for teachers

Contemporary views of teacher education focus on the importance of reflection for professional development. With many student teachers now engaging in reflective practice, this course provides an introduction to key ideas for practising teachers in the 21st century. Starting with a language for reflection, the course presents a tool-kit for engaging in critical reflection through a series of practical activities. As teachers learn to inquire into aspects of their own practice, the outcome is not only a heightened professionalism, but a greater sense of empowerment, confidence and competence as a teacher.
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GROWING IN LOVE: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS (REF 718, DES)

The focus of this summer course is the new Grow In Love, religious education programme for Catholic primary schools. The course will be delivered and tutored by Elaine Mahon, a teacher and co-writer of the JI, SI, 1st and 2nd Class books. Participants will be introduced to the content of the programme J.I – 4th Class and its underpinning philosophies. The course will also specifically address the approach adopted in Grow in Love to sacramental preparation and celebration; the series’ ICT component; key principles of good inter-religious education; and the distinctive features of Catholic schools. The Catholic Preschool and Primary Religious Education Curriculum for Ireland (2015) will be explored throughout the course also.
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Face to face courses

Face to face Summer coursesDatesVenueSectorFee

Green to Global: Cross Curricular Activities for Citizenship Education

July 3rd-7th

St Patrick’s Campus

Primary

€10

Introduction to Mindfulness

July 3rd-7th

St Patrick’s Campus

Primary/post primary

€99

Music in the Primary School

July 3rd-7th

St Patrick’s Campus

Primary

€99

Godly Play in the Primary School Classroom

July 3rd-7th

St Patrick’s Campus

Primary/post primary

€199

GREEN TO GLOBAL: CROSS CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES FOR CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION

This course supports teachers’ knowledge, skills and confidence in citizenship education and education about social justice. Additionally, it supports capacity in other curriculum areas, exploring effective curriculum integration, inclusive practice and active methodologies which can be adapted across the curriculum. Through development and intercultural education methodologies in this course, teachers will be equipped with the skills required to create and enhance whole school strategies and policies on intercultural dialogue and anti-racism, and to develop the skills necessary to promote an inclusive schools ethos. (primary)
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INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS

Through the exploration of mindfulness practices in this course, participants will be enabled to reduce stress and anxiety, increase ability to relax and experience calm, develop coping skills for stressful situations, improve focus, attention span and concentration, and experience an enhanced sense of personal well-being. Participants will also be enabled to develop a ‘tool-kit’ of mindfulness techniques to support wellbeing in the future.  (primary/post-primary)
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MUSIC IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL

This course explores music education in primary schools by focusing on developing and extending teachers’ experiences of the Primary Music Curriculum, and considering them in light of children’s and teachers’ musical and digital worlds in 2017. Practical musical making in each of the three strands of Listening and responding, Performing and Composing will feature throughout the week as hands-on workshops. Use of various apps and other digital tools will infuse the music making process. There will also be opportunities to consider issues of planning, resourcing, assessment and building towards class or school performance events. Strategies for promoting School Self Evaluation in music will also be considered. (primary)
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GODLY PLAY IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CLASSROOM (REF 713, DES)

Godly Play is an approach to religious education based on Montessori principles – it responds to the child’s request to ‘help me do it by myself.’ This puts the teacher in the role of spiritual supporter or guide who fully accepts that each child has his or her own relationship with God already. This summer course is a certified training course delivered by trainers Jessie Rogers and Cora O’Farrell in a model Godly Play environment. It introduces and develops participants’ ability to use Godly Play methods and understand its principles. No prior experience is necessary. The model of learning is action/reflection with a mixture of trainer-led sessions, and opportunities for coached participant storytelling presentations and other hands-on activities. Topics such as the Spirituality of Childhood and the adaptation of Godly Play for the traditional classroom will also be explored during the course.
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Blended courses

Blended Summer coursesDatesVenueSectorFee

Religious Education in Catholic Primary Schools

August 21st-23rd

Blended - Online + St Patrick’s Campus

Primary

€99

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS (REF 715, DES)

This course explores religious education in Catholic primary schools. It addresses the content of the Catholic Preschool and Primary Religious Education Curriculum for Ireland (2015) and familiarises participants with resources which have been developed to support implementation of the curriculum. A variety of methodologies will be explored, including Montessori approaches. Current issues in religious education will be discussed and participants will engage in a critique of debates in the area. The distinctive features of Catholic schools will also be considered.
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