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1. Developing literacy skills in the primary science classroom through child-led inquiry based STEM project work
Presenter: Dr. Maeve Liston
Venue: MIC
Date: 2-6 July 2018
Fee: €25

The course provides teachers of 4th, 5th and 6th class with the confidence, skills, support and tools to design, deliver and integrate inquiry based project work in their Science lessons.

Participants will also acquire the skills to plan, design and evaluate pedagogical practices linking science learning to other areas of the curriculum, including oral language, reading, writing skills and numeracy skills through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Project work directly addressing the Pedagogical Principles of the Primary School Curriculum.

The teachers will practice and gain first-hand experience on developing children’s core scientific skills by investigating a question or problem by working scientifically through a variety of: investigations and explorations; designing and making activities and; engineering challenges by applying a wide variety of scientific, mathematical, engineering, creative and artistic concepts and skills.

On successful completion of this course teachers will have developed the knowledge and skills on how to integrate the development of literacy and numeracy skills through meaningful and creative STEM project work. Therefore focusing on skills development of all children of all abilities through effective learning contexts.

In September 2018 the facilitators of the summer course will then deliver follow up professional development workshops, and a structured mentoring and support programme for teachers that would like to carry out project work with their class with the possible view or option of entering their class project into the RDS Primary Science Fair in 2019.

This course is part-funded by the Irish American Partnership with the support of the RDS.

2. 2. Exploring local history
Presenter:Siobhán English
Venue: MIC
Date: 2-6 July 2018
Fee: €75

This course will examine the rationale for teaching History through the local environment, illustrating how Ireland’s history is reflected in the story of Limerick city and county. Teachers will engage in activities which help to illuminate aspects of the broader history programme and link local history with other curricular areas. The importance of planning in delivering this aspect of the programme will be emphasised and teachers will enjoy opportunities to plan, carry out and assess studies in the classroom and on site, including: an examination of the effects of continuity and change over time in O’Connell Street, Limerick; features of Georgian Limerick; life in medieval Limerick - a history trail; recreating aspects of medieval life using role-play, story games and creative writing. The course has been revised in line with schools’ prioritisation of literacy and numeracy, as a result of the national strategy for these areas. Suggestions will be made as to how literacy and numeracy skills may be developed and assessed through the material covered. By the end of the course, teachers will have developed their skills to enable them to plan for, and implement local history studies in their own school.

3. Gaelic Games in the primary school: advanced course
Presenter: Joe Redington, Richard Bowles and guest tutors
Venue: MIC
Date: 2-6 July 2018
Max No: 25
Fee: €25

This is an advanced course in the teaching of Gaelic games as part of the Physical Education curriculum in primary schools. On successful completion of this course, participants will receive certification as a Level 1 Child Coach in hurling and Gaelic football as approved by Coaching Ireland. To enroll on the course, participants must have already completed a Foundation level coaching course. The aims of the course are:
  • To promote the physical, social, emotional development of the child
  • To develop teacher competencies in inclusion, management of external personnel, and general planning
  • To examine opportunities for linkage within PE and integration with other subject areas
  • To foster positive attitudes towards PE and school sport
  • To develop strategies to ensure that school sport policy is in line with the aims of the PE curriculum
  • To assist teachers in implementing a programme that is developmentally appropriate for individual children
  • To examine the role of Gaelic games within the PE curriculum
Participants will take part in a series of master workshops where they will develop their own coaching skills through peer-teaching scenarios. A range of teaching methodologies will be explored: direct teaching / guided discovery etc. Internationally recognized concepts like Games Sense, Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) and Sport Education will also be addressed. The Fee and accommodation are funded by Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Comhairle na Mumhan.

4. Integrating robotics across the primary school curriculum
Presenter: Dr. Maeve Liston
Venue: MIC
Date: 2-6 July 2018
Fee: €25

Teachers will be provided with the opportunity to plan, design and practice teaching methodologies that integrate robotics into lessons focused on developing children’s literacy and numeracy, science and creative and artistic skills. This course will include hands-on workshops:
  • • To develop teachers’ confidence in the teaching of robotics across the curriculum.
  • • To develop the teachers’ digital skills and competencies and equip them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to integrate ICT, digital literacies and Robotics into their practice.
  • • To encourage teachers to extend opportunities for collaborative working, critical thinking and problem solving by experimenting collaboratively and creatively with technology and Vex IQ Robotics Kits.
  • • To gain first-hand experience and practice the constructivist approach to teaching, learning and assessment using Vex IQ Robotics Kits.
  • • Team-Building Activities
  • • Web resources & Instructional videos
  • • Engineering Note Book: Daily Entries, sketches diagrams.
  • • “THINK-DO-TEST” approach.
  • • Device Build
  • • Machine Design Activities
    • - Robot Design Activities
    • - Idea Book Exercises
  • • Challenges and challenge rules.
  • • Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • • Making observations, brainstorming, generating and comparing multiple possible solutions to a problem, argumentation, troubleshooting and experimentation.
  • • VEX IQ Programming with ROBOTC Graphical, Robot Virtual Worlds, ROBOTC.
This course is part-funded by The Irish American Partnership and PDST with support from DELL EMC & CIT Cork.

5. Interactive white boards in the primary school
Presenter: Laura Nic Eoin
Venue: MIC
Date: 2-6 July 2018
Fee: €25

This course will develop teachers’ skills in using the Interactive White Board (IWB) to support children’s learning in the Primary School Curriculum. Teachers will prepare a number of lessons during the course, thereby exploring the full potential of this resource. Teachers will have opportunities to review lessons incorporating the use of an IWB and present their lesson(s) to class colleagues on the final day of the course. The course is funded by the PDST Technology in Education (formerly NCTE).

Presenter: Tim Moloney /Margaret Nohilly
Venue: MIC
Date: 2-6 July 2018
Fee: €50

This course provides an opportunity for teachers to consider the challenges of fully implementing the SPHE curriculum. The concept of the Health Promoting School is presented as a means for SPHE to permeate all aspects of school life. The content includes elements of the curriculum for each level at primary school. A whole school approach is advocated and SPHE methodologies and appropriate strategies and policies are discussed. Relevant resources and websites are highlighted and participants will receive an extensive range of supporting materials. Specific topics which are addressed include:
  • Collaborative working
  • Policy development in the context of SPHE (Cyberbullying and internet safety, Relationships and Sexuality Education, Code of Behaviour, Healthy Eating)
  • Healthy environments (safe journeys to and from school / school gardens / playground markings)
  • Grief education (introduction to Compassionate Communities concept and training in Zippy’s Friends resource)
  • Assessment of SPHE (evaluation practices and tools)
This is a wide-ranging and interesting course which links the topics explicitly to aspects of the curriculum. SPHE’s potential as a distinct subject and as an integrating force within the curriculum is emphasized.

7. Embracing diversity and nurturing integration
Presenter: Áine Lyne
Venue: MIC
Date: 2-6 July 2018
Fee: €25

This course is designed to support primary school teachers working in the Embracing Diversity and Nurturing Integration Primary Schools through strengthening their capacity to teach within the context of an increasingly diverse student and societal population. Modules will cover the themes; Intercultural awareness, Religious diversity, Global Education and Migration issues, English as an Additional Language – a whole school approach, and Wellbeing. The course aims:
  • • To emphasise the importance of the role of the school and of the teacher in promoting a fair and just society.
  • • To increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of issues relating to migration, integration and diversity.
  • • To increase teachers’ confidence, knowledge and skills working in a diverse classroom.
  • • To increase teachers’ skills and understanding around teaching children for whom English is an additional language.
  • • To enable teachers to promote wellbeing within the school and the classroom.
The course will be delivered onsite in Mary immaculate College with multiple tutor input. Course delivery methodologies will include; Lesson modelling, Small group work, Pair working, Video and oral presentations, Opportunities for reflection, Reading materials, Narrated power point slides, Storytelling, Use of Information Technology, Brainstorming, Reflection sheets, and Questionnaires

8. Gaelic games in the primary school: a cross-curricular approach (blended)
Presenter: Richard Bowles, Joe Redington and tutors
Venue: MIC
Date: 2-4 July 2018 onsite with two online units
Max No: 25
Fee: €25

Curaclam na Bunscoile specifies that, ‘Gaelic games should be given particular consideration as part of the games programme.’ This course will develop teachers’ basic skills through activities, enabling teachers to apply same in primary school situation. All age groups will be included. There will be a focus on pedagogical issues relating to the games strand and on developing teachers’ understanding and appreciation of games and PE in general. Linkage with other areas of the curriculum will be explored, as will possibilities for integration with other curricular areas. This course will enable teachers to:
  • adopt a sequential approach to skill development in Gaelic Games
  • promote an awareness of the importance of fundamental movement skills in all physical activity
  • develop their skills in adapting games to ensure the appropriate participation of all children through the use of modified games.
  • contribute to the inclusion of all children in PE activities (with regard to ability, gender, ethnicity, etc.)
  • take account of difference within classes and developing progressive programmes throughout the school
The course will pay address particular issues such as gender equity, curriculum integration and linkage within PE, and the role of Gaelic games within a healthy school environment. The course also addresses the needs of schools where coaches who are not primary teachers are employed during the school day to provide specific training in skill development. The course is funded by Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Coiste Luimní. When allocating places, preference will be given to teachers who have not completed the course in previous years.

9. Godly Play in the Primary School Classroom
Presenter:Rev Dr Éamonn Fitzgibbon
Venue: MIC, St Patrick's Campus, Thurles and Online
Date: 2-16 July 2018
Fee: €400 Residential / €300 Non-residential

Religious Education is one of the seven curricular areas in the Primary School Curriculum (1999). This course will enable teachers to implement aspects of the Religious Education curriculum for Catholic primary schools. Specific focus will be placed on the Word of God and Liturgy strands of the new curriculum. Ecumenical and interreligious education is an inherent component of Godly Play as it is broadly Christian in character and has been utilised in various contexts with children of different faiths. Having trained in Godly Play, teachers will return to their schools equipped with the necessary skills to introduce this innovative programme.

Godly Play is based on storytelling and so literacy skills of understanding, communicating and participating as detailed in the RE curriculum will be addressed. In addition, inputs on spiritual education and its contribution to well-being will be highlighted. Course content will include an examination of evaluation tools presented in the DES guidelines.

Delivery methods will include; lectures/discussions, PowerPoint presentations, Godly Play presentations, peer teaching, and experiential learning. Participants will also be invited to reflect on the characteristic spirit of their school, and to identify ways in which it could be enhanced.

10. Balanced integrated literacy instruction in middle and senior classes
Presenter: Dr Martin Gleeson and team
Venue: Online
Date: 2-6 July 2018
Fee: €75

This course examines the key elements of an effective programme of literacy development for middle/senior classes. It introduces a range of approaches to develop children’s vocabulary, both formally and informally, using a variety of text genres. It draws on current research on effective instruction of comprehension strategies. Video materials will provide opportunities to observe teacher modeling and scaffolding of comprehension strategies, the use of procedural prompts. It also focuses on the development of a unit of study incorporating a balanced integrated approach to literacy development. On completion of this course participants will be enabled to:
  • Understand the principles underpinning balanced, integrated, effective literacy instruction in senior primary classes
  • Understand the complementary nature of reading / writing instruction in facilitating children’s literacy development
  • Devise an integrated unit of work for senior classes incorporating key elements of literacy instruction such as word identification, fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension and writing in a variety of genres
  • Develop a cross curricular approach to literacy instruction
  • Apply a range of assessment for learning approaches to identify progress in literacy acquisition and to inform future instructional decisions.

11. Building bridges of understanding – a strategic approach to children’s comprehension development
Presenter: Dr Martin Gleeson and team
Venue: Online
Date: 2-16 July 2018
Fee: €75

This course begins with an overview of current research on the reading process, focusing on the key elements of effective literacy instruction. It introduces key comprehension skills such as prediction, making connections, visualizing, questioning, clarifying, inferring, determining importance and summarizing. Video footage is used to model these skills with children responding using appropriate comprehension process motions. The course also focuses on Transactional Strategies Instruction (TSI) and shows how this can improve children’s comprehension. Strategies examined include collaborative learning, word identification, vocabulary development, and individual response. The course also deals with the use of Assessment of Learning (AoL) and Assessment for Learning (AfL) for supporting children’s learning. On successful completion of the course, teachers should be able to:
  • Understand the key elements involved in effective literacy instruction
  • Model key comprehension skills comprehension process motions with appropriately challenging picture books
  • Enhance children’s comprehension through collaborative group work
  • Apply a range of appropriate comprehension strategies to diverse text genres
  • Understand the complementary nature of reading and writing instruction in supporting children’s comprehension development
  • Apply a range of assessment for learning approaches including sharing the learning intention and self-assessment
  • Online course material includes text documents and digital video showing modelled practice and how various resources can be used to support children’s comprehension development.

12. Learning's the business: entrepreneurship in senior primary classes
Presenter: Eucharia McCarthy and David O’Grady
Venue: Online
Date: 2-16 July 2018
Fee: €25

This course is designed for fifth and sixth class teachers and school principals who are interested in entrepreneurship education. The course aims to enable teachers and principals to develop an understanding of entrepreneurship education and its place within the Primary Curriculum. It seeks to strengthen teachers’ capacity to incorporate entrepreneurship education effectively into their teaching. This online course will address the different aspects of setting up an entrepreneurship education programme in senior classes and learning how to implement the curriculum through this project-based approach. In particular, the course highlights how many strands of the Primary Curriculum in Literacy, Mathematics and SPHE can be implemented through entrepreneurship education activities. Participating teachers will be introduced to a range of cooperative learning, collaborative learning and problem solving methodologies which promote independent, creative and critical thinking amongst primary pupils. Most importantly, this course highlights how entrepreneurship education instils fun and enjoyment into teaching and learning in senior classes. This course would be advantageous for teachers who are interested in participating in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme in 2017-2018, if it is available in their area.

13. Online tools for the primary classroom
Presenter: Brendan Barry
Venue: Online
Date: 2-16 July 2018
Fee: €50

This course seeks to show teachers how the Internet has dramatically transformed from being merely a place to locate text, image, sound and video files to a place that allows children to create their own written work, their own pictures, as well their own sound, music, video and other files. A wide variety of free, versatile and child-friendly online tools will be explored:
  • Free online writing tools, including online word processors, creative writing support tools, text effect generators, word cloud makers, story creators, collaborative writing tools, text-to-speech programs and online publishing platforms.
  • Free online image creation and editing tools, including panorama and collage makers, screen capture tools, comic makers, special effects generators, avatar makers, and both 2D and 3D sketching tools.
  • Other free online multimedia creation tools, such as sound creation and editing tools, video editing tools, animation makers, screen recorders and presentation programs.
  • Free online utilities for creating educational artifacts such as timelines, maps, quizzes, etc. as well as useful tools for file conversion, storage, sharing and transfer.
All tools will be explored specifically in the context of how they can be used by children for maximum educational value.

14. Embracing diversity and nurturing integration
Presenter: Áine Lyne
Venue: Online
Date: 2-16 July 2018
Fee: €25

This course is designed to support primary school teachers working in the EDNIP schools through strengthening their capacity to teach within the context of an increasingly diverse student and societal population. Modules will cover the themes; Intercultural awareness, Religious diversity, Global Education and Migration issues, EAL – a whole school approach, and Wellbeing.

The course aims:

  • • To emphasise the importance of the role of the school and of the teacher in promoting a fair and just society.
  • • To increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of issues relating to migration, integration and diversity.
  • • To increase teachers’ confidence, knowledge and skills working in a diverse classroom.
  • • To increase teachers’ skills and understanding around teaching children for whom English is an additional language.
  • • To enable teachers to promote wellbeing within the school and the classroom.
  • The course will be delivered through the medium of on-line presentations with audio/visual supports using Articulate and participants will view and respond to other participants’ submissions on the discussion fora. Course delivery will incorporate; Power Point, Prezi, interactive white board, You Tube. There will be a particular focus on the use of technology and aps in the classroom to aid the teaching of English language.

    15. My Learner ID Beyond STen scores: developing learners for life
    Presenter: Suzanne Parkinson
    Venue: Online
    Date: 2 July - 20 July 2018 / 22 July - 13 August 2018
    €50 per person
    €250 per whole school and up to and including 10 teachers

    This course is designed to broaden teachers’ understanding of the function of assessment and to nurture learners for life. Assessment has a double duty – it involves more than generating a STen score and should enable learners to progress in learning. This course will encourage teachers to consider the empowerment of learners – teaching learners to teach themselves – a critical skillset for education in the 21st century. The case for tracking learner voice and nurturing learner ownership and learner responsibility is explored through ‘My Learner ID’, a unique new whole-school programme with resources ready for implementation from third to sixth class.

    Participants will gain insight into a new understanding of how children become learners which will balance the use of standardised assessment methodologies and curriculum based assessment in classroom practice. This course is designed to develop participants’ competence in using new methodologies using ‘My Learner ID’ to explore the perspective of the learner from the standpoint of the learner.

    The course will be delivered online and learning methodologies will include: critical review of the relevant literature, presentations and debates, online discussion fora and blogs, guided discovery and the generation of an e-portfolio. On completion of the course, participants can document how they will apply what they have learned to the classroom/school system and to parents.

    16. Mise mar fhoghlaimeoir: ag cothú guth, neamhspleáchas agus freagracht an fhoghlaimeora
    Presenter: Suzanne Ní Phearcín
    Venue: Online
    Date: 2 Iúil – 20 Iúil 2018 / 22 Iúil - 13 Lúnasa 2018
    €50 an duine
    €250 don scoiliomlán le líon deichniúir múnteoirí

    Tá an cúrsa seo deartha chun tuiscint níos leithne a thabhairt don mhúinteoir maidir le feidhm an mheasúnaithe agus chun foghlaimeoirí ar feadh an tsaoil a chothú. Tá dhá dhualgas ag baint le measúnú – tá níos mó i gceist leis ná chun scór STen a aimsiú agus ba cheart go gcuirfeadh sé ar chumas na bhfoghlaimeoirí dul chun a dhéanamh san fhoghlaim. Spreagfaidh an cúrsa seo múinteoirí chun machnaimh a dhéanamh faoi chumasú fhoghlaimeoirí – foghlaimeoirí a mhúineadh conas iad féin a mhúineadh - tacar sainscileanna atá criticúil don haonú haois is fiche. Déantar cíoradh ar na buntáistí a bhaineann le rianú a dhéanamh ar ghuth an fhoghlaimeora agus ar cheannaireacht agus ar fhreagracht a chothú i bhfoghlaimeoirí trí úsáid a bhaint as ‘Mise Mar Fhoghlaimeoir’, clár nua uathúil don scoil uile le hacmhainní gur féidir a chur i bhfeidhm ó Rang a Trí go Rang a Sé.

    Tabharfar léargas do rannpháirtithe faoi thuiscint nua atá ann faoin mbealach ina bhfoghlaimíonn páistí a fheidhmeoidh mar chothramú d’úsáid na modheolaíochtaí measúnuithe caighdeánaithe agus an mheasúnaithe churaclaim-bhunaithe i gcleachtas an tseomra ranga. Tá an cúrsa seo deartha chun inniúlacht na rannpháirtithe in úsáid mhodheolaíochtaí nua a fhorbairt ag úsáid ‘Mise Mar Fhoghlaimeoir’ chun dearcadh an fhoghlaimeora a chíoradh ó sheasamh an fhoghlaimeora.

    eachadófar an cúrsa arlíne agus i measc na modheolaíochtaí foghlama a phléifear beidh: léirmheas chriticiúil ar an litríocht ábharthach, cuir i láthair agus díospóireacht, fóraim agus blaganna dhíospóireachta arlíne, fionnachtain faoi threoir agus ríomhphunann a chur le chéile. Nuair a chríochnóidh rannpháirtithe an cúrsa is féidir leo taifead a dhéanamh ar conas a chuirfidh siad an méid atá foghlamtha acu i bhfeidhm sa seomra ranga/sa scoil agus le tuismitheoirí.

    17. The co-operating teacher and school placement - understanding the role and working with the student teacher
    Presenter: Dr Neil Ó Conaill and Team
    Venue: Online
    Date: 2 – 16 July 2018
    Fee: €50

    This course develops the co-operating teacher’s understanding of their role on school placement and equips him/her with knowledge and skills to enhance their engagements with student teachers on placement. It will further enhance participants’ role as mentors and leaders of learning within the school.

    On completion of this course, participants will be enabled to:

    • • Understand the context and purpose of the school placement aspect of initial teacher education programmes (primary)
    • • Appreciate the roles of the various stakeholders in the school placement process
    • • Identify the specific roles and responsibilities of the co-operating teacher
    • • Reflect on their experience to date as co-operating teachers
    • • Identify the types of feedback appropriate for student teachers
    • • Develop their mentoring and communication skills
    • • Develop their ability to analyse and review teaching performances
    • • Appreciate a partnership approach to the school placement process

    The course will be delivered online on the learning platform Moodle, through which teachers will be asked to review articles, case studies and other documents or respond to video inserts through postings on discussion boards. Participants will view and respond to other participants’ submissions and post responses on the discussion fora.

    Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26