Teaching World History Through Popular Culture



The below link illustrates children studying 7th Grade History connecting what they learn in the classroom with popular culture in the world around them. I am very impressed with this idea and I believe it has the potential to not only work in conjunction with teaching History but also within Religious Education as we are constantly looking to find ways to connect certain topics within Religious Education with the personal lives of our students.

Would you be interested in doing something like this is your classroom? ๐Ÿ™‚



The Parables of Jesus



Here are a selection of worksheets which will help students to question the meaning behind the Parables. Very useful resource for the classroom as it can be used for both group work and individual student activity. They are also excellent homework activities.


the parable of the mustard seed

the parable of the sower


prodigal sonย ย lost sheep

two sons


good samaritan

Teacher Motivation


For any teachers today struggling to shake off their morning blues before they enter the classroom. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, for all NQTs like myself struggling to find employment and to stay positive during this challenging time for teachers the video below will help to remind you of the reasons why we chose this career path and the significance of our role as educators. ๐Ÿ™‚


Thesis thoughts: Women in leadership roles within Education


For my Thesis I have decided to explore the area of women in leadership focusing specifically on women in leadership roles within education. The prospect of writing about this topic got me thinking about what are the main issues faced by women in leadership roles or in pursuit of leadership roles within the area of education. This lead me to three issues in particular which I think could serve as building blocks for investigating what kind of relationship women have with leadership within education and if this relationship does exist what problems and challenges does this relationship bring to the doorstep of women in the area of education today? ๐Ÿ™‚


Three points of discussion related to this topic:

  1. Gender Equality: Although people may say teaching has become a somewhat feminine profession it is noticeable that many of the higher job positions within Education remain quite male dominated. (Eg. Principal and Vice-Principal positions) I would like to know how women can look to not necessarily eliminate men from these positions but rather contribute to ensuring a more balanced ratio between men and women can occur for these positions of leadership.
  2. Empowering Young Women: Women are needed to take on leadership roles in order to ensure the success of empowering young women. Young women from second-level education and onwards especially are very impressionable and are in search of the right role model for themselves. Young women can be filled with self-confidence and self-belief just from witnessing women in leadership especially in the area of education.
  3. Creating a Sisterhood and Eliminating Negativity: Women need to support one another and women in leadership roles especially in the influential area of education. The creation and encouragement of a sisterhood of women within the educational sector is necessary to prevent the negativity that is seen between women in the corporate world seeping into schools and education departments. Women should all look to create a sisterhood mentality not just within the staffroom but also within the classroom amongst students.

how do women lead

Three questions to be asked in relation to this topic:

  1. Is there a gender equality issue in existence within education and if so is more women in leadership roles the solution?
  2. Do women in leadership roles within education successfully empower young women?
  3. Is it possible to encourage a sisterhood mentality within education both amongst staff and within the classroom?


Budget Day 2014




Since its Budget Day 2014 today I thought I’d have a look online to see if there are any summaries of the history of the budget in Ireland. I came across the following link on the websiteย http://www.theirishstory.com/ย which documents the Irish economy since 1922. This extract would probably be most suited to senior students and I believe it would be possible to incorporate it into both History and Religious Education classes. It could be used as a means of historical fact as well as a means of engaging students in class discussion within a Religious Education class from the perspective of moral-decision making using the example of the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger.

The link to the website is:

Life and Debt โ€“ A short history of public spending, borrowing and debt in independent Ireland


Handy Horrible Histories

horrible histories

Sometimes a lesson needs some added oomph to capture the students’ imagination. I cannot speak highly enough of the Horrible Histories series and I think they are a wonderful addition to any lesson. Although it may appear that they provide entertainment and laughter to students you will be surprised at how much information the students can absorb from these video clips. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself learning something new whilst having a giggle at the same time! ๐Ÿ™‚

The following two links below are a couple of my favourites which depict life during the Roman period and the Medieval times with somewhat of a modern twist ๐Ÿ™‚