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1 Courses 2-6 July Summer courses Introduction to Using ICT to support Literacy for pupils with SEN Gaeilge: saibhreas agus cruinneas do mhúinteoirí Exploring Local History Interactive White Boards in the Primary School The Outdoor Classroom: Primary Science Building Bridges of Understanding A Strategic Approach to Children s Comprehension Development Teaching for Life: Deepening your teaching Gaelic Games in the Primary School: Advanced Course SPHE and RSE in the context of a Health Promoting School... 7 Blended courses and courses on other dates 11. The role of Gaelic games in the Primary School: an Integrated Approach (blended) - MIC The role of Gaelic games in the Primary School: an Integrated Approach (blended) - Wexford Interactive White Boards in the Primary School Graduate Diploma in ICT in Education... 9 Online courses 14. Building Bridges of Understanding A Strategic Approach to Children s Comprehension Development Supporting children s early Literacy Development The class teacher and the student on school placement Balanced Integrated Literacy Instruction in Middle and Senior Classes Play in the Infant Classroom Teaching Primary Mathematics Internet Resources in the Primary Classroom

2 1. Introduction to Using ICT to support Literacy for pupils with SEN Course Presenter Eucharia McCarthy Date 2 6 July 2012 The purpose of this course is to develop teachers understanding of the enabling role of ICT to support literacy instruction for pupils with SEN/learning difficulties. It focuses on the use of various applications to meet the individual learning needs of pupils in literacy. The course provide teachers with an opportunity to reflect and engage in planning for using ICT to support the learning needs of pupils with SEN/ learning difficulties. 2. Gaeilge: saibhreas agus cruinneas do mhúinteoirí Láithreoir Roibeard Ó Cathasaigh Ionad Coláiste Mhuire Gan Smál Dáta 2 6 Iúil 2012 Táille 50 Braitheann cumas múinte Gaeilge go mór ar chaighdeán Gaeilge an mhúinteora féin. Díreoidh an cúrsa seo ar chumas Gaeilge an mhúinteora a fhorbairt. Pléfear na téamaí atá ainmnithe i gcuraclam na Bunscoile, ina measc, mé féin, sa bhaile, an scoil, bia, an teilifís, siopadóireacht, caitheamh aimsire, éadaí, an aimsir agus ócáidí speisialta. Déanfar éisteacht, labhairt, léitheoireacht agus scríbhneoireacht a chíoradh ar bhealach cruthaitheach, comhtháite. Tabharfar aird faoi leith ar úsáid na teanga chun cumarsáid a dhéanamh agus chun tasc a chur i gcrích. Déanfaidh an cúrsa cumas an mhúinteora a fhorbairt sna slite seo a leanas: úsáid na Gaeilge mar ghnáth-theanga chumarsáide a chur chun cinn taitneamh a bhaint as foghlaim na Gaeilge tré bheith gníomhach inti cumas éisteachta agus labhartha an mhúinteora a fhorbairt agus a m(h)uinín chun an Ghaeilge a úsáid a chothú cumas léitheoireachta agus scríbhneoireachta an mhúinteora a chothú ag leibhéil a oireann do mhúinteoir bunscoile saibhreas agus cruinneas an mhúinteora i labhairt agus i scríobh na Gaeilge a fhorbairt Beidh an cúrsa ina chabhair mhór dóibh siúd atá ag ullmhú do Scrúdú Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge. Is i gcomhpháirt le hionad Oideachais Luimnigh atá an cúrsa seo á sholáthar, agus é maoinithe ag an Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna. 2

3 3. Exploring Local History Course Presenter Josephine English Date 2 6 July 2012 Course Fee 50 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. 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. 4. Interactive White Boards in the Primary School Course Presenter Laura McKeown Date (1) 2-6 July 2012 or (2) 9-13 July 2012 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 new exciting 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 National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE). 3

4 5. Promoting SPHE, Literacy and Numeracy through Entrepreneurship Education Course Presenter Eucharia McCarthy Tralee Institute of Technology Date 2-6 July 2012 This course is designed 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. The participants will be broken into groups on day one and will work on a project during the week and present on the final day. The project will address the different aspects of setting up an entrepreneurship education project and how it is possible to have fun doing this. 6. The Outdoor Classroom: Primary Science Course Presenter Dr Maeve Liston Date 2-6 July 2012 This course will include hands-on workshops and field trips in the following areas: The School Ecology Garden Fresh Water Ecology Sea Shore Ecology Woodland Ecology Urban Ecology The general learning outcomes of this course are as follows: To develop the teachers confidence in the teaching of ecology. To develop a strong Subject Matter Knowledge and to develop the teachers understanding in a wide variety of ecological concepts. To provide teachers with a background in biodiversity, ecology and environmental awareness and care. To provide teachers with the opportunity to develop and practice their practical skills in ecology. The course incorporates interactive hands on workshops including indoor and outdoor activities; Whole class, group and individual activities; Fieldtrips involving group activities and set specific tasks; Creative tasks (making materials for the school ecology garden etc.) and Visual imagery: Digital images, Interactive white board, video clips, book resources and many different handouts (identification keys and worksheets). 4

5 7. Building Bridges of Understanding A Strategic Approach to Children s Comprehension Development Course Presenter Dr Martin Gleeson and team MIC Date 2 6 July 2012 Course Fee 50 This course introduces key comprehension skills such as prediction, making connections, visualizing, questioning, clarifying, inferring, determining importance and summarizing. 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. On successful completion of the course, teachers should be able to: Understand the key elements involved in effective literacy instruction Model key comprehension skills with appropriately challenging picture books Model comprehension process motions 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 The course also deals with the use of Assessment of Learning (AoL) and Assessment for Learning (AfL) for supporting children s learning. The course is offered in two different venues. 8. Teaching for Life: Deepening your teaching through sacred sound and space Course Presenter Nóirín Ní Riain Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co Limerick Date 2 6 July 2012 Course Fee 120 This course explores the spiritual dimension of teaching and the interplay between the teacher as a professional and spiritual person. The aim is to affirm teachers in a manner that enables them to nurture and support children in all areas of learning, particularly in religious education, musical and other artistic learning. Teachers will be introduced to theosony (a word coined to embrace a theology of listening which has far reaching effects on the classroom learning environment). A selection of music and song will be used form the Alive- O programme. The course aims are the following: 5

6 To enhance teachers ability to nurture and support their pupils in all areas of learning, particularly in their spiritual and artistic development To develop teachers personal spiritualities of teaching To develop teachers active listening To develop teachers in their communication skills, listening and responding, demonstrating empathy and conflict resolution. The methodology will be interactive and teachers will have opportunities for discussion and reflection on their own experience. Course methodologies include presentations, facilitatorled discussions, group discussions, workshop, guided meditations and reflections. 9. Gaelic Games in the Primary School: Advanced Course Course Presenter Joe Redington, Richard Bowles and guest tutors Date 2-6 July 2012 Maximum number 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 course fee and accommodation are funded by Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Comhairle na Mumhan. 6

7 10. SPHE and RSE in the context of a Health Promoting School Course Presenter Alanna O Beirne Date 2-6 July 2012 Maximum number 20 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 all levels at primary school. A whole school approach is advocated and SPHE methodologies, appropriate strategies and policies and relevant resources and websites are discussed. Specific topics which are addressed include: Self-esteem and self-confidence (Anti bullying strategies) Growing and changing (RSE policy) Supportive environments (school gardens/playground markings) Partnerships and links with the community (supports and barriers to collaborative working) Assessment of SPHE (evaluation practices and tools) This course links the topics explicitly to aspects of the curriculum and SPHE s potential as a distinct subject and as an integrating force within the curriculum is emphasized. 11. The role of Gaelic games in the Primary School: an Integrated Approach (blended) - MIC Course Presenter Richard Bowles, Joe Redington and guest tutors Date 2,3,4 July onsite with two online units (for completion between 5 and 6 July 2012) Maximum number 24 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 7

8 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. 11.The role of Gaelic games in the Primary School: an Integrated Approach (blended) Wexford Course Presenter Date Maximum number 24 Micheál Martin, George O Connor and other tutors St Joseph s GAA Club 2,3,4 July onsite with two online units (for completion between 5 and 6 July 2012) 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 8

9 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. 12. Interactive White Boards in the Primary School Course Presenter Laura McKeown Date (2) 9-13 July 2012 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 new exciting 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 National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE). 13. Graduate Diploma in ICT in Education Course Presenter Brendan Barry MIC and Clare Education Centre Date (1) July or (2) August 2012 Course Fee Post Graduate programme This course is an introductory module on an accredited programme in ICT in Education. The Graduate Diploma in ICT in Education takes place over one-academic year with optional progression to an MEd in the second year. The summer course will introduce teachers to a range of skills in the use of ICT for teaching and learning and will also address priority issues in ICT in education more generally. Topics covered include the use of technology for teaching and learning across the primary school curriculum and case studies of good practice in using ICT in the classroom. The module will serve as a platform for a fuller exploration of ICT use in the Primary School in the Graduate Diploma programme. 9

10 14. Building Bridges of Understanding A Strategic Approach to Children s Comprehension Development Course Presenter Dr Martin Gleeson and team Online Date 1 14 July 2012 Course Fee 80 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. 15. Supporting children s early Literacy Development Course Presenter Dr Martin Gleeson and team Online Date 1 14 July 2012 Course Fee 80 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 10

11 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. 16. The class teacher and the student on school placement Course Presenter Neil Ó Conaill; Dr. John O Shea, Dr. Fíodhna Gardiner-Hyland Online Date 1 14 July 2012 Course Fee No fee for host teachers This online course focuses on the role of the class teacher and student while on Teaching Practice Placements. Based on teachers own experiences, it introduces models, purposes, and recent changes in the context of school placements in Ireland. It discusses approaches to mentoring and supporting student teachers; with an emphasis on the importance of good communication skills and understanding aspects of the student teacher s role while on placement. On completion of this course participants will be enabled to: Understand the context and purpose of the school placement on initial teacher education programmes Develop their mentoring and communication skills Develop their ability to analyse and review teaching performances Appreciate a partnership approach to the school placement Teachers will be asked to respond to video inserts or review relevant articles in order to promote self-reflection in the individual modules. On completion of the course, participants will be asked to outline the implications of course content for their practice. 11

12 17. Balanced Integrated Literacy Instruction in Middle and Senior Classes Course Presenter Dr Martin Gleeson and team Online Date 1 14 July 2012 Course Fee 80 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. 18. Play in the Infant Classroom Course Presenter Siobhán Prendiville Online Date 1 14 July 2012 Course Fee 80 This course begins with an overview of current research on the role of play in Early Childhood Education. It introduces different types of play, appropriate classroom play materials and the teacher s role in children s play. The central focus of the course is the varying uses of play in the Infant classroom. Strategies examined include the use of free play, structured play and play as a methodology. The course also focuses on the use of puppets in the Infant classroom. A wide range of strategies for both teacher and children s use of puppets will be explored. In addition the course deals with the use of dramatic play in the Infant classroom and shows how this can support and enhance delivery of both the Drama and the English curriculum. Playful approaches to teaching across the curriculum will also be explored. On successful completion of the course, teachers should be able to: Understand the key elements involved in successfully incorporating free and structured play in the Infant classroom 12

13 Choose appropriate play materials to promote social, emotional, linguistic, mathematical and physical development Expand their classroom practices to include more opportunities for free play, structured play and play as a methodology Enhance children s play through teacher assessment and participation Apply a wide range of ideas for teacher s use of puppets Apply a range of appropriate comprehension strategies to diverse text genres Understand the complementary nature of children s play and a range of curricular objectives Use teacher observation and other assessment tools in assessing children s play. Online course material includes text documents, powerpoint presentations and various images showing play materials and resources. 19. Teaching Primary Mathematics Course Presenter Dr John O Shea Online Date 1-14 July 2012 Course Fee 80 This online course will focus on the use of problem solving in teaching mathematics. It introduces a range approaches and methodologies for teaching problem solving, as well as ideas for alternative mathematics lessons and using children s literature and ICT in mathematics. On successful completion of this course participants will be enabled to Understand the key stages in teaching a mathematical problem solving lesson Select and choose appropriate mathematical problems designed to challenge children at the various class levels Use a range of mathematical games/ideas for the teaching of mathematics through Irish Incorporate children s literature and ICT into their teaching of mathematics Teachers will be asked to review short articles and respond to video inserts in order to promote reflection on ideas generated by participation in the individual modules. 20. Internet Resources in the Primary Classroom Course Presenter Brendan Barry Online Date 1 14 July 2012 Course Fee 50 This course seeks to promote the potential of the Internet in supporting children s learning in the Primary School Curriculum. Teacher will learn to appreciate the potential of the Internet as a powerful tool for 13

14 Locating, providing, producing and using resources and activities which support the successful delivery of content in all curricular areas. Locating and utilizing multimedia which can be easily integrated into curricular planning and delivery. Developing children s information literacy skills through activities which support a constructivist approach and facilitate a wide range of collaborative pupil activities. Course content will be based on locating resources, downloading multimedia, using online tools, and evaluating Internet resources for children s use. This course is funded by National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE) 14

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