Fall into Autumn with ease!
Making the transition from one Aistear topic into the next can be stressful and time consuming! Follow these Seven Simple Steps to make the transition into your new Aistear topic as easy as possible!
Assessment that informs your teaching!
Assessment is paramount when supporting the learning and development of the children in your care and provides the bases of informed teaching. Without it you may as well be teaching blind folded. It also supports the children in becoming involved in their own learning and creates opportunities for them to understand their achievements and know what they need to work on. But what you really need is assessment methods that are quick, relevant and inform your planning. In this post I share with you many valuable everyday assessment methods, with lots of visual examples taken from real classroom situations. I also have a few free downloads for you too!
Aistear organically allows for child-led differentiation
Aistear organically allows for child-led differentiation. Children have the freedom to choose where are they want to play, with whom they want to play and how they want to play. With practice they will learn to challenge themselves, become more adventurous and test their own limits and abilities. It also allows for the child to set their own learning pace, a child who finds social interaction more challenging can slowly build confidence until they feel ready to become more involved in group play. Aistear is a language rich hour where each child is immersed in topic specific language, children tend to become more confident as a given topic develops and becomes more involved in verbal interactions with their peers. Plenty of discrete oral language lessons and guided role-play will support children’s play.
Creating an environment that oozes FUN.
We need to be creators and not consumers.
The most effect way for children to learn.
of a never ending journey...
Aistear has taken me on a journey in my teaching career that I never expected. I have always been creative and applied that creativity to my teaching whenever possible... in-between my everyday tightly timetabled lessons. I have been an infant school teacher for years but our school only introduced Aistear properly about 4 years ago and it has been slowly taking off ever since. I was slow to get into it myself, because like most teachers I wondered where I was going to fit this kind of play into my busy and often subject crammed infant day. My first thought was where am I going to find the time, money, and space to implement this new early childhood framework. Before I had even started I was coming up with many reasons just to stick with the way I was doing things.