Powerful Poem

A powerful poem which serves as a valuable reminder that not every student can go home and complete all their homework  as they simply do not have the time to do it as they are the adults instead of being students. cause i aint got no pencil.jpg

Mental Health Week

While in class today – I was trying to encourage Mental Health Week and positivity in the Classroom through simple ideas.

One such idea was simply asking students to rate their homework and then simply giving themselves a smiley face or a love heart beside their work and a huge tick on the margin of their copies for trying their best .  The idea worked well as the students responded very positively to the small change in the usual homework feedback.

However, the students shocked reactions and enthusiasm  to this simple tasks makes me wonder when correcting homework are we so focused on the answers and responses that we fail to see the amount of work that they put into the homework?

The students response to the positive feedback has sparked my interest in regards to what are the implications of positive feedback on homework. What have scholars said?

I’m hoping to research this throughout the week and update by the end of the week. Mini research project!

If anyone has ideas or thoughts on the topic or wants to add to please do!


Update currently trawling through peer reviewed journals and shocked by the amount of research and varying opinions!

Can’t wait to share these findings and research!


Educational Blogs – Positive Impact

Today we live in global society were we can connect with people all over the world. We can hear about stories in a matter of seconds thanks to technology. This world of information has progressed into our classrooms. I think this blogging is an excellent resource as it allows students to bring their subjects to life and hear first-hand accounts. (Juan Cole: Blogging Current Affairs History, 2011)

The importance of blogging in the classroom is evident where students now could be hindered if they don’t have a technological background.

The OCED http://www.thejournal.ie/computers-intelligent-students-oecd-use-2330906-Sep2015/ report highlights that Irish students only use internet 18minutes in class per day as opposed to 25minutes. There is a fluster of concern that the internet shouldn’t be used in classrooms yet looking at how the digital strategy https://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Policy-Reports/Digital-Strategy-for-Schools-2015-2020.pdfhas been rolled out last week it’s easy to forget that technology is still very new to the world. Though it has become a part of our daily lives, it’s still relatively knew.

Additionally, connectivity and blogging allows for supporting collaborative learning amongst students and teachers. The educational resources that can be exchanged and learned from each other far outweighs the concerns of the OCED report. Additionally, it has been noted in several critical responses that the OCED took a narrow approach.

Blogging is critical for schools in order to encourage literacy and numeracy in schools if taught and used in a sensible way. It will be of benefit for future generations.


Academic Journals

Juan Cole, Blogging Current Affairs History, Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 46, No. 3, At the Crossroads of Past and Present — ‘Contemporary’ History and the Historical Discipline (JULY 2011), pp. 658-670.

OCED Report Response: http://www.thejournal.ie/computers-intelligent-students-oecd-use-2330906-Sep2015/

Digital Strategy Schools: https://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Policy-Reports/Digital-Strategy-for-Schools-2015-2020.pdf