With family events and a friends wedding during the next school year, I decided to do two Summer Courses this year. One online and one face to face.
My face to face course was Exploring Primary Science in conjunction with Lifetime Lab @ Old Cork Waterworks. I love teaching Science and with my move to Senior Classes I wanted a refresher on lessons for older students. The verdict: this course delivered this and more. The two tutors Mary and Una were excellent, really animated and clearly passionate about teaching Science. I got some excellent examples on introducing topics, the importance of teaching specific language to students even the older ones and of course where to start with planning. From day 1 we were busy working as scientists, there were lots of hands on activities and plenty to keep a bunch of teachers entertained. I really enjoyed this course, and only that my school is located a little bit outside of Cork I would be lining up for the opportunity to take my class to Lifetime Lab next year.
My online course was an Irish one with ranganna.com. The course I chose was acmhainní cumarsáide don Rang Gaeilge bunscoile. Again I chose this course with my class change in mind. For me it was very daunting, as I felt my level of Irish wasn’t enough for Senior Classes. However, I surprised myself. Each topic gave examples of interactive activities for one of the themes in the curriculum which also incorporated a grammatical lesson. While this sounds quite daunting it was again a very practical course with suggestions for lessons and websites shared by participants in the forum. This course has definitely helped my confidence in preparing for senior classes in September.
Thanks Aistear Muinteoir for taking the time to review the http://www.lifetimelab.ie/ course. It is a very popular course. With your permission I might use your words to promote the course next year?
Ya that’s no problem. I really enjoyed the course!