Artwork by Anne Marie Morrin, Visual Art Education, MIC
Mary Immaculate College celebrates World Teachers’ Day 2014
On behalf of Mary Immaculate College, I wish to acknowledge and thank teachers as we mark the 20th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day, on 5 October 2014. Teachers in Ireland and across the world make an enormous contribution to the social fabric of our societies and are responsible for the education and development of people of all ages.
Since its foundation in 1898, Mary Immaculate College has sustained its commitment to academic excellence and the fostering of critical thought, educational inclusion and innovation and it is fitting, therefore, that we join with partners around the world in marking our appreciation for the important work carried out by teachers.
In particular, we wish to pay tribute to the thousands of teachers across Ireland who play a part in the education of new teachers by facilitating our students as part of our School Placement programme, a core part of our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes. Every year our student teachers undertake school placements in schools across the country, and the learning and development undertaken during these placements is critical to their development as teachers. The commitment of teachers who accept students into their classes shows their commitment not just to their own class, but to the development of a new generation of teachers to carry on this good work.
Beir bua agus beannacht,
Professor Michael A Hayes
Ar son Choláiste Mhuire gan Smál, ba mhaith liom aitheantas a thabhairt agus buíochas a chur in iúl do mhúinteoirí agus comóradh fiche bliain Lá Domhanda na Múinteoirí á cheiliúradh againn ar 5 Deireadh Fómhair 2014. Cuireann múinteoirí in Éirinn agus timpeall an domhain trí chéile go mór le bonneagar sóisialta ár sochaithe agus tá siad freagrach as gach aoisghrúpa a oiliúint agus a fhorbairt.
Ó bunaíodh é i 1898, tá tiomantas seasta léirithe ag Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál do bharrfheabhas acadúil agus smaoineamh criticiúil, cuimsiú agus nuálaíocht san oideachas a chothú agus is ceart mar sin go mbeimis i bpáirt lenár gcompháirtithe timpeall an domhain chun ár meas ar obair thábhachtach na múinteoirí a léiriú.
Ba mhaith linn, go háirithe, ómós a thaispeáint do mhúinteoirí ar fud na hÉireann a ghlacann páirt in oiliúint oidí nua trí áiteanna a sholáthar dár mic léinn mar chuid dá Socrúchán Scoile – dlúthchuid dár gcláir oiliúna fhochéime agus iarchéime. Gach bliain téann ár mic léinn i mbun socrúcháin scoile i scoileanna ó cheann ceann na tíre agus tá an oiliúint agus an fhorbairt a tharlaíonn i rith na socrúchán úd ríthábhachtach dár bhforbairt mar mhúinteoirí. Léiríonn na múinteoirí a ghlacann le mic léinn ina gcuid ranganna tiomantas, ní hamháin dá rang féin, ach d’fhorbairt ghlúin nua múinteoirí a leanfaidh ar aghaidh leis an dea-obair seo.
Beir bua agus beannacht,
An tOllamh Michael A Hayes
Feedback from MIC Students on their Class Teachers during School Placement
- My class teacher was extremely helpful. She was so welcoming and open to the ideas I had and allowed me to teach what I wanted to teach. If I needed anything she would help every time. She gave me feedback and made me feel great about my teaching. She really empathised with the workload as she also graduated as a teacher from MIC. I could ask her any question and she would answer.
- The teacher was invaluable. I learned so much from my class teacher.
- The class teacher along with the other teachers helped me at every opportunity possible and were very welcoming towards me coming into the class and the school in general.
- My class teacher was incredibly supportive, particularly in terms of discussing lessons, reviewing lessons and advice on sourcing appropriate resources. She encouraged me throughout which did boost my confidence.
- My class teacher was extremely helpful and supportive during School Placement. She gave me an insight into the various needs of the children. She also allowed me to borrow textbooks and other resources.
- My teacher was extremely helpful he suggested some lessons he intended to cover and how they would be best taught. Anytime I asked for help with resources e.g Tom Crean’s book, the teacher did his utmost to help and even brought in useful things from home and borrowed from another school at times.
- My class teacher was extremely helpful; couldn't have performed better.
- She transformed me as a teacher
- The class teacher provided constant assurance that if anything was required she was there to help and was constantly encouraging work carried out with the class whilst I was teaching.
- I enjoyed the school and the staff and of course my pupils. I particularly enjoyed feeling like I was working professionally and it was lovely having the class to myself. My class teacher was a great help and supportive and my supervisor was very positive and helpful in her feedback. I actually was sad to leave the school at the end of my School Placement.