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This year’s ILSA Spring Seminars take place on 11th March, 2016 at the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny.  The theme is: Learning: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrowand will include Primary and Post-Primary Seminars on:
Maths; Literacy; Behaviour; Management of Anxiety among Students with SEN;A Collaborative Approach to Literacy; Strategies to Support Learning for Children with EBD among others.
 
More details can be found on their website www.ilsa.ie

As part of their ongoing development of the Primary Curriculum, the NCCA are looking at Ethics, Religion, and Beliefs Education (ERBE) in the classroom.  Part of this process is consultation with teachers, parents and other parties. 
They have produced information to answer questions that may arise and to highlight some areas for consideration during this consultation process. The NCCA recognises the constraints of time allocation for the introduction of a curriculum in Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics and requests teachers to respond to proposals for development of the curriculum as outlined at www.ncca.ie/consultation/erbe.

 
 
We wish all of you a wonderful Christmas and remind you that we will be ......

 
PROJECT BASED LEARNING:
ENHANCING TEACHING AND LEARNING THROUGH PROBLEM SOLVING
Many teachers find teaching problem-solving difficult, especially in a way that deepens their pupils’ mathematical thinking.  
We are inviting a small group of schools to join in an initiative on Project -Based Learning (PBL).  The aim is to support teachers’ understanding of its use in their classrooms.   Successful applicants will nominate 2 teachers, who will be supported and facilitated by PDST Numeracy Advisor Joni Clarke.
Click "READ MORE" for an Application form 

Blackrock Education Centre is a learning organisation.  Consequently, as part of Hour of Code week, the entire staff will be entirely focussed on learning to code from 10:00 to 11:00 hrs on Tuesday December 8th.
As a result, we will be unable to respond to phonecalls, emails or social media for this hour.  We apologise in advance for any inconvenience and encourage you to get involved yourself at www.hourofcode.com/ie

We’re delighted to announce our next Teachmeet will take a Christmas theme and will be held in Kill of the Grange NS Deansgrange on December 3rd  2015.
This theme will examine some of the amazing projects currently taking place in schools and inspiring resources that are available to us that go beyond the simple day to day lessons.
So can you share some tantalising tips, sizzling strategies or innovative ideas with us? Or are you looking to be enthused, excited & energised by similar minded educators?
If so, come join us on Thursday 3rd December at 7:30pm! We may even have a mince pie for you!
 

Every year, children enter a competition to design logos for Google's search page.  This year, one talented young artist will see his or her artwork on the Google Ireland homepage, receive a €5,000 college scholarship and a €10,000 technology grant for his or her school as well as a Chromebook for themselves and their teacher.
The closing date for entries is November 26th.  More details here

This is Science Week and an excellent opportunity to explore the world of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths).  A full list of events, classroom resources and much, much more can be found at www.science.ie

All schools have been asked to have project material for display on Proclamation Day in March 2016.  To help teachers, a series of courses will take place in Blackrock Education Centre, starting November 25th.  
This 2-evening course will look at everyday life, newspaper sources and images to reconstruct the period leading up to the events of Easter Week 1916. We will look at a number of practical, classroom-based activities to help your pupils explore this exciting time in Irish History.
Workshop 2 takes place on Wednesday 25th November.  Booking here

In 2000, Seamus Heaney agreed to lend his name to a public lecture series to be hosted by St. Patrick’s College, Dublin City University. This year's Heaney lectures  will be devoted to The History of Education, with particular reference to Ireland.
The lectures are free of charge and open to the public.  They will take place in the Cregan Library at 7:00 p.m.  Dates and themes are:
Tuesday, 17 November: ‘Secondary School Education in Ireland: History, Memories and Life Stories, 1922-1967’  - Judith Harford (UCD), Tom O’Donoghue (University of Western Australia),