PDST Online Booking
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PDST – Gaeilge
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Last year, the PDST offered full day seminars in Physical Literacy through Fundamental Movement Skills, focusing in particular on locomotor skills. The PDST are delighted to announce that the second phase of this professional development in Physical Literacy will be taking place from April to June 2018.
This seminar will revise the concept of physical literacy and revisit the locomotor skills explored in Seminar 1 before moving the focus to the stability skills of Landing and Balancing in all areas of the PE curriculum, and in particular through the Gymnastics and Dance strands. The wide range of activities, supplementary support materials and templates for planning and assessment that are presented in our comprehensive resource and online at www.scoilnet.ie/pdst/physlit , will also be explored on the day.
Schools are invited to nominate two teachers from their school to attend this seminar.
In order to book a place on your preferred seminar, please go to http://www.pdst.ie/onlinebooking
Number Sense Workshops
PDST presents two workshops on developing number sense with young pupils (Junior Infants – 2nd Class). Number sense focuses on “classroom conversations around purposefully crafted computation problems that are solved mentally (Parrish 2014)”. Through practical activities, we will illustrate how teachers can help all pupils develop a deeper, more intuitive, understanding and flexibility when working with numbers. Places can be booked on www.pdst.ie/onlinebooking . Please see flyer below for dates and venues.
Once again, PDST is inviting students to Write a Poem under two categories: Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle. We hope that this popular competition will encourage young writers to compose poetry and assist teachers in supporting the writing of poetry.
Rules of the Competition
Each entrant may submit one poem.
Each entry must preferably be typed (Calibri Font, size 12) or written clearly in legible handwriting
Each entry must include
– the Title of the Poem
– the Name of the Entrant
– the Name and Address of the School
– the Category
– Teacher Name (mobile also)
Each entry must be stamped by the school or signed by an English Teacher. Emailed entries must be sent by the teacher or school and not by the student.
Where an entry is inspired by or written in response to a particular poem, the name of the poem and the poet must be clearly stated on the entry and, where possible, a copy of the original poem should be enclosed.
The competition is aimed at individual writers. Class sets of poems will not be considered as entries for the competition.
Please note that entrants should keep a copy of their poems, as poems will not be returned.
For the Writers
The winning poets in each section will receive a commemorative plaque and their poem will be published on the PDST Post-Primary website and printed in the PDST National Poetry Award booklet.
Prizes will be presented at an award ceremony organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers in association with Laois Education Centre.
All entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
or posted to Margaret Mary Grant, Laois Education Centre, Block Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 18th May 2018