Reads of the Week #11


Another varied selection of great writing and reading this week this week.

First here’s Elisa Gabbert writing on more than grammar when talking about The joys of using the “wrong comma”.

Next a regular in these blogposts Kenny Pieper reflecting on his youth in My Own Personal Jesus.

This next one is very special: Grainne Faller on having preventative surgery: When I wake up, I’ll have breasts. They’ll just take a while to become mine.

Poetry choice of the week is a choice of fantastic quotes That Will Make You Fall In Love With Poetry.

And finally both a local and a history choice, about Carey’s Castle, one of our  family’s favourite Sunday walks

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Reads of the Week #10


This week’s eclectic selection begins with a great article on the Dutch Billy, one of Dublin’s lost buildings. The next piece is on how Clive James has been doing since he was prematurely written off. I loved this, The Blanket by Anthony Wilson, a regular in these blogposts. Next is the story of Lindsey Stone, a misstep on social media ruined her life. Finally back to poetry and Two Poems by Greg Delanty which should strike a chord with teachers. 

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Reads of the Week #9


This week is a mix of Irish History, English literature, education, economics and a serial killer.

First, here’s an extract from Diarmaid Ferriter’s new book on Ireland’s ‘Revolutionary Period’.

Next, something fun: How To Tell If You Are In A Virginia Woolf Novel 

Here’s Alex Quigley on dealing with fads in education 

According to the ETUCE, the Economic crisis has left its continuing noticeable marks on social dialogue 

And finally: One Detective’s Quest to Identify A Serial Killer’s Lost Victims 

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Reads of the Week #8


First this week here’s Anthony Wilson, poet writing about Denise Levertov’s   ‘poem about a poet loving her readers enough to admit that she is not in control of the meanings they make of her poem’.

Secondly here’s Kenny Pieper on behalf of teachers everywhere asking what might we achieve if we slowed things down, covered less and learned more deeply?

Third read is about Margaret Atwood’s visit to West Point where she engaged the students on gender, politics and oppression, it’s World Women’s Day today, very appropriate.

Next is Mark Miller  Over the last couple of years, he has started talking to himself. In the car, in my house, in my classroom. Here’s why.

Finally from the Guardian: Malcolm X was killed fifty years ago, but his work lives on today. 

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Reads of the Week #7

A wide range of reading for you this week from the language of death notices to how Joni Mitchell copes in her later years, from how we might stop the distractions of the Internet (no, really?!) to a proper explanation of what Economics should be for. And finally a Seamus Heaney poem which describes a child’s perspective on learning so well it should stay with you for ages. 

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Happy reading!

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Reads of the Week #6


Here’s week six of my reads of the week.

Schools don’t suit everyone, but why don’t all kids do well at school?

You’ve got to be careful posting online, right? Here’s Jon Ronson on how one stupid tweet blew up Justine Sacco’s life

The awful repercussions of texting while driving

Here’s how Kenny Pieper changed how he used homework with his students for the better

The always thought provoking Secret Teacher series turns to the burden of work for teachers outside of teaching

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33 questions on the Travers proposals


This document was meant to be confidential. Members of the ASTI Standing Committee and the TUI Executive got copies on Thursday evening, the 12th of February with ‘Confidential’ plastered across the first page but when we arrived in the Gresham Hotel to meet on the 13th, the document was online in a national newspaper. I have no problem sharing it here in those circumstances except I’ve annotated it for clarity. I’ve included my own view on ‘the way forward’ on the final page.

Junior Cycle Reform – a Way Forward (Annotated)

Fintan O’Mahony
ASTI Standing Committee Region 8
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