About me

I am a Primary School Teacher working in South Dublin. I work with children who have communication and learning difficulties. Presently I have been working with children who are learning to speak English.

I started this website to have a place to store the many resources I use in my teaching . I needed them to be easily accessible, clearly labelled, indexed, and available as and when I needed them.

At night, I like to create computer programmes, some of which I upload as teaching aids in video format on YouTube. I use these extensively in my teaching to help my students.

A lot of my work is educational in nature; dolch and Fuzzbuzz word lists, Jolly Phonics, sentence workouts and the effect on my pupils’ grasp of reading is astonishing. The method I use is as follows: (See dolch methodology)

Dolch had a fascination for books and made lists of the frequency words came up in books. These lists are taught to children in school and are sometimes given as homework. Having a list in video format is more appealing and helps retention. Once online they are easier to access from the website.

The method I use is as follows: (See dolch methodology)

  1. Begin with the written work to introduce the first twenty words using visuals and word. Give the child the name of the words.
  2. Use the games to help re-enforce the learning
  3. Play the video once on a large screen. This helps dyslexic children clearly see and hear the words making them easier to remember.
  4. Slow down the pace of the video and give them another bash at listening.
  5. Prompt and scaffold the child as they interject with the words. Praise their attempts.
  6. . Turn off the sound and count how many words they say correctly, out of 20.
  7. Follow up with the pictorial version of the words and the written work in the workbooks.
  8. Next use paper flashcards of the same bank of words. If they get the words correct hand them the flashcard. If not put it to the end of the pack and keep going until all the cards are used up.
  9. Next day repeat the procedure. When the children know the words well, they can listen to the story. You can adjust the pace of the story to the child’s needs. If they know the words well, play it fast. When they are ready, mute the story and ask them to read it.
  10. Use paper flashcards of the same bank of words. If they get the words correct hand them the flashcard. If not put it to the end of the pack and keep going until all the cards are used up.
  11. If they are still struggling, use the games again, to reinforce the learning and repeat the procedure.
  12. When the child(ren) know the words well, they can listen to the story. You can adjust the pace of the story to the child’s needs. If the words are well known, play it fast. When they are ready, mute the story and ask them to read it.
  13. Assessment Criteria: If most of the words are read correctly, move to the next 20 words.

Exciting News: I hope to be able to share with you some exciting stories. But you will have to be patient and wait. In the meantime, let me know how you get on.

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