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Summer Courses 2017

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ONSITE COURSES (3-7 July)

1.  DEVELOPING LITERACY & STEM SKILLS IN THE PRIMARY SCIENCE CLASSROOM
2. EXPLORING LOCAL HISTORY
3. GAELIC GAMES IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL: ADVANCED COURSE
4. INTEGRATING ROBOTICS ACROSS THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM
5. INTERACTIVE WHITE BOARDS IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
6. SPHE IN THE CONTEXT OF A HEALTH PROMOTING SCHOOL

BLENDED COURSES


7. EXPLORING THE USE OF OPEN ENDED ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGIES IN NURTURING LEARNER IDENTITIES
8. GAELIC GAMES IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL: A CROSS-CURRICULAR APPROACH (BLENDED)
9. PROMOTING ACTIVE HEALTHY SCHOOLS
10. SPHE IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL

ONLINE COURSES (3-14 JULY)

11. BALANCED INTEGRATED LITERACY INSTRUCTION IN MIDDLE AND SENIOR CLASSES
12. BUILDING BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING – A STRATEGIC APPROACH TO CHILDREN’S COMPREHENSION DEVELOPMENT
13. LEARNING'S THE BUSINESS: ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN SENIOR PRIMARY CLASSES
14. ONLINE TOOLS FOR THE PRIMARY CLASSROOM
15. SUPPORTING CHILDREN’S EARLY LITERACY DEVELOPMENT



1. Developing Literacy & STEM Skills in the Primary Science Classroom
Presenter: Dr. Maeve Liston
Venue: MIC
Date: 3-7 July 2017
Fee: CLOSED

This course places a strong emphasis on STEM activities (Design and Make Engineering activities) and will include hands-on workshops to engage and trigger thinking under the following themes:
  • STEM Activities Using Children’s Literature
  • Specific STEM Activity Books.
  • Children’s Books Promoting Girls in STEM
  • Integrating Story, Riddles, Jokes & Poems into Primary Science Lessons.
For more information please view this flyer.


2. 2. Exploring local history
Presenter:Josephine English
Venue: MIC
Date: 3-7 July 2017
Fee: CLOSED

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: 3-7 July 2017
Max No: 25
CLOSED

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: 3-7 July 2017
Fee: CLOSED

This course provides teachers with the confidence, skills and tools to provide leadership and take ownership of the integration of ICT and digital competencies across the curriculum in a meaningful and creative way, which is moreover systematic and focused. Participants will explore theoretical and practical underpinnings of technology, STEM, creativity and play in robotics education, addressing the pedagogical principles of the primary school curriculum and curricular areas. The inquiry-based robotics activities which incorporate the constructivist approach to teaching empowers pupils to think critically, make deep connections through questioning, exploring, thinking, experimentation and reflecting and applying this understanding in a productive way to actionable knowledge. All of which are achieved through exploratory talk, dialogue, reading and writing. The course deals with how teachers can evaluate and monitor the implementation of ICT integration by using a range of evaluation approaches and methods which schools can use to gather evidence about the use of Robotics within the curriculum. The class will study how to engage in the SSE process to critically evaluate the potential of hands-on learning to stimulate pupil engagement and improve the quality of learning. Course content will include an examination of evaluation tools presented in the DES guidelines (DES, 2012), such as checklists, teacher reflection sheets, and questionnaires. Throughout the course, participants will engage in a variety of participant-led, teacher-led and practice-based learning opportunities, working both in an individual and group capacity. There will be a focus on various evaluation approaches and tools as advocated in the DES guidelines.


5. Interactive white boards in the primary school
Presenter: Laura Nic Eoin
Venue: MIC
Date: 3-7 July 2017
Fee: CLOSED

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).


6. SPHE in the context of a health promoting school
Presenter: Tim Moloney /Margaret Nohilly
Venue: MIC
Date: 3-7 July 2017
Fee: CLOSED

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. Exploring the use of open ended assessment methodologies in nurturing learner identities
Presenter: Dr. Suzanne Parkinson
Venue: MIC
Date: 3-7 July 2017
Fee: CLOSED

Nurturing Learner Identity (the ‘Who’ and ‘How’ of Learning) is central to learner well-being and is a key goal for all educators. This course will enable participants to evaluate and critique the critical role of assessment in education in shaping learner identity; in evaluating and critiquing self and peer assessment methodology; in understanding and using strength based perspectives in assessment; in exploring open ended assessment methodologies – specifically Personal Construct Psychology & repertory grid technique and in analysing and evaluating a range of open ended assessment methodologies. Learner Identity as a construct is evaluated. Teaching approaches focusing on the ‘Who’ and ‘How’ of learning with an emphasis on critical ‘tools for learning’ are explored.


8. Gaelic games in the primary school: a cross-curricular approach (blended)
Presenter: Richard Bowles, Joe Redington and tutors
Venue: MIC
Date: 3,4,5 July onsite with two online units (6, 7 July)
Max No: 25
CLOSED

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. Promoting active healthy schools
Presenter: Elaine Murtagh and Rosemarie Martin
Venue: MIC
Date: 3 & 4 July onsite, 5 – 7 July online
Fee: CLOSED

This is a classroom-based course that will encourage teachers to examine the range of strategies that can be incorporated within and outside the classroom for promoting physical activity. Regular physical activity is essential for good health and schools can play a key role in encouraging children to adopt an active healthy lifestyle. Using a mixture of interactive workshops and discussion, the following topics will be covered:
  • Whole-of-school approach to physical activity promotion
  • Movement integration – teaching classroom subjects using physically active methods
  • How physical activity can enhance learning and academic achievement
  • The use of Active Homework to reinforce learning in several subjects
  • Novel approaches for student-led break and lunch time activities
  • Schemes and programmes available in Ireland to encourage an active school
The course will be delivered by Dr. Elaine Murtagh and Ms. Rosemarie Martin. Elaine is a lecturer in MIC and is engaged in research that examines innovative ways to integrate physical activity across the school day. Rosemarie is a primary school teacher and PhD candidate at MIC. Her research examines how teachers can integrate movement into the teaching of maths and English.


10. SPHE in the primary school
Presenter: Dr. Carmel O’Doherty and Dr Cathal de Paor
Venue: MIC
Date: 3-5 July 2017
Fee: CLOSED

This course provides an opportunity for teachers to consider the challenges of fully implementing the SPHE curriculum. 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.


11. Balanced integrated literacy instruction in middle and senior classes
Presenter: Dr Martin Gleeson and team
Venue: Online
Date: 3-14 July 2017
Fee: CLOSED

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.


12. Building bridges of understanding – a strategic approach to children’s comprehension development
Presenter: Dr Martin Gleeson and team
Venue: Online
Date: 3-14 July 2017
Fee: CLOSED

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.


13. Learning's the business: entrepreneurship in senior primary classes
Presenter: Eucharia McCarthy and David O’Grady
Venue: Online
Date: 3-14 July 2017
CLOSED

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.


14. Online tools for the primary classroom
Presenter: Brendan Barry
Venue: Online
Date: 3-14 July 2017
CLOSED

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.


15. Supporting children’s early literacy development
Presenter: Dr Martin Gleeson and team
Venue: Online
Date: 3-14 July 2017
CLOSED

This course examines the phases of early literacy development and a range of approaches to support children’s development for reading and writing. It includes a focus on children’s vocabulary and comprehension development in the infant classroom, children’s literature, and the use of Assessment for Learning approaches and Assessment of Learning approaches to support children’s literacy. On completion of this course participants will be enabled to:
  • Understand the principles underpinning balanced, integrated, effective early literacy instruction
  • Understand the complementary nature of reading / writing instruction in facilitating children’s literacy development
  • Understand the developmental trajectory of children’s early reading, writing and spelling development
  • Devise a range of learning objectives in key areas of literacy development, such as word identification, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and writing for junior and senior infants
  • Devise appropriate instruction to support the developmental needs of all children in mixed ability settings
  • Apply a range of assessment for learning approaches to identify progress in literacy acquisition and to inform future instructional decisions.



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