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Féilte, World Teachers Day 2013

Ann Ryan, Second-level Education Officer

On Saturday 5 October, I attended Féilte, the Teaching Council-organised Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence which was held at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. Over 300 hundred teachers were there, a great turnout.  

The day itself was billed as an opportunity for teachers to explore, discuss and celebrate professional practice, and with over 30 innovative teaching projects showcased, there was a lot to see, hear and experience. 

Fintan O'Toole's opening address was warmly received and made for a positive and affirming start to the event. He talked of how society needs to ask the question: what do we want from education? His view - that teachers as well as students should be empowered to be confident, creative, critical thinkers and risk-takers. 

There was much to enjoy and absorb during the day, and although I didn't have get round to everything, these are some of the projects I particularly enjoyed visiting, which I hope gives a flavour of the range of innovations on show. 

Early childhood curriculum framework Aistear had a fabulous presentation and display of play-based learning activities. Dissolving Boundaries were also there, as were SciFest, The Learning School Project and many other initiatives that may well be of interest to our new second-level  schools.  

Several useful publications and resources were available from the National Behaviour Support Service, and it was also interesting to find out about plans for National Induction Programme for Teachers.  Our friends at Bridge21 and Young Social Innovators were kept busy during the day, as were the Fighting Words team. 

Have a look at the Programme  to find out more. It really was a rich and enjoyable event, and  genuinely provided a space for teachers to share ideas and good practice  - we need more days like these! 

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