How to Write a Good Reflective Account For Your NVQ

Often learners have asked me how do I write a reflective account? And my answer is you need to know what a reflective account is before you can write good one. Many learners have submitted an account to their NVQ assessor and have been disappointed when told they need to write it again. Let me tell you what might have happened; You probably wrote your account without a guide and therefore as lengthy as your account might have been you were told you have not met many performance criteria which are what your assessor is looking for. So let me tell you what a reflective account is. A reflective account is usually a write up of how you have carried out part of your job in the past. It could be yesterday or a week, month or years ago as long as you use past tense. It maybe how you Read More …

15 Ways For Teachers to Get Organized For the Beginning of the School Year

All teachers need a user-friendly system to help stay on top of the endless marking, checking and workpages. Plan as thoroughly as you can and if you don’t already have one, develop a system of organization. It’s truly amazing how much paperwork and marking goes into the first year. It’s easy for a new teacher to feel overwhelmed and confused. Try to avoid these initial feelings by planning your lessons ahead as much as you can. Rely on a system that is easy and user friendly. Consider these tips when organizing or opening your classroom for the fall semester. Remember, being well organized and having well prepared lessons are also important to having a well-managed class. 1) Have a computer backup plan. Purchase a flash drive, a hard drive, or consider creating a Google documents account. 2) If you use a paper-based program, prepare everything you need for a smooth Read More …

A Guide to Research and Thesis Writing: A Structured Approach for Master’s and Doctorate Students

Thesis Writing should identify 3 aspects of the thesis: the {topic}, the {issue} and the {scope}. Once these aspects are determined, the researcher should synthesize {Type}{Topic}{Modifier}{Issue}{Scope} to generate the thesis title. Note that {Type} and {Modifier} are readily available and not specific to any particular research. Following this, the title can be contextually modified to appreciate the thesis statement. E.g. {An application} of {Six Sigma} to {Improve} {Blood Bag Wastage} in {Local Hospital}. Note the generality of the thesis title. Not difficult at all. Next, the researcher should record the references. The reference itself can be saved to a cloud based storage that is easily read by the researchers device (desktop, tablet, phone, etc.). The researcher then reads the references and mark excerpts that are tagged to codes. The codes are arranged in a mind map and new codes are added to the mind map as the review progresses. The Read More …

Special Education in Ireland’s Secondary Schools

This article is an introduction to special education in Irish secondary schools. The past then years have witnessed a sea change in special education provision in Ireland. The Department of Education and Science has issued numerous directives and guidelines in relation to policy, provision, structure and supports. Since 1998 there have been ten pieces of legislation passed through the Dail that relate, one way or another to children and special education needs The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has been established along with the Special Education Support Service (SESS). Both these organisations oversee and coordinate all special education initiatives nationwide. Ireland’s primary schools have pioneered these new directives. Special education provision at primary level is developing at a rapid pace and great strides are being made. The next horizon for improvement is secondary school. Ireland’s secondary schools are driven by an exam-oriented curriculum. Subject area specialists teach all of Read More …