Just before the Christmas break, the INTO had their latest leg of their series of debates as part of their 150th year celebrations. These events pick a topic and a panel of experts talk about them for an hour to a live audience. For people that can’t make the event, they live stream it and … Read moreThe INTO and the Mysterious Case of the Missing Droichead Video Footage
The INTO congress was on this week. You might have missed it because you probably didn’t hear much about it in the media. This was probably because it was a massive success on all fronts. One could almost hear Katherine Donnelly’s disappointment that she couldn’t use words like “whinging.” Sometimes, we have to look at … Read moreINTO Congress: A Lesson in how to do Congress
A few months ago, the INTO encouraged their members to vote in favour of the Lansdowne Road Agreement despite the fact that pay inequality for post-2011 teachers was to remain as part of the deal. Today at the congress, they are calling for pay inequality to be stopped as if this had always been their mantra.
Every year, during the spring holidays, the media takes an interest in education as the various teaching unions hold their annual congresses. Ever since I became a teacher, my experience of the media is that teachers are portrayed as moaners and whingers. We are judged against the pupils we teach – example: if the pupils in their schools behaved … Read moreTen Things to Keep in Mind at INTO Congress
It’s good to see leadership in education. An example of this is in the INTO’s use of social media to report on the happenings at their annual congress in Killarney. I have been following the updates from the congress on Twitter and Facebook and both have proved very valuable in keeping up with things. I … Read moreINTO uses Social Media during Congress
Have recently discovered Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM. Simon introduced me to it via twitter. I have enjoyed the shows that I managed to listen to including the recent one where Simon was interviewed! A couple of weeks ago, they interviewed Aine Lawlor, the Director of the Teaching Council. You can find this … Read moreWhat have the Teaching Council ever done for us?
Rage Against the Machine were the first non X-Factor Christmas number one in the UK charts for years thanks to an online petition on Facebook. Millions of people are being petitioned to help the victims of the Haitian disaster this week through the use of social media. In a much smaller and local way, an … Read moreThe power of online petitions