Parents have become obsessed with labels, not solutions

Parents have become obsessed with labels, not solutions   There is nothing like working on a passion for a decade to give you perspective, mine is literacy. Besides how much I’ve learnt since those early days, 10 years ago last month, when I got the keys to my own school. I’ve seen a frightening trend… Continue reading Parents have become obsessed with labels, not solutions

What factors affect how well we do in exams?

What factors affect how well we do in exams?   You would think it is all down to how much time you spend swatting in your bedroom.   There are in fact 8 main factors that affect exam performance   Subject Knowledge – Yes how much context you remember. You increase the content you remember… Continue reading What factors affect how well we do in exams?

Mocks and the sky falling in, Chicken Licken Syndrome

Mocks and the sky falling in, Chicken Licken Syndrome   Sometimes I ask why do we do the mocks? In fact, in recent years I have charted that where I have students in schools which don’t do the mocks, they perform better in the leaving certificate in a few months time. Why? Because they don’t… Continue reading Mocks and the sky falling in, Chicken Licken Syndrome

Dr Naoise O’Reilly Work and Research Areas

Dr Naoise O’Reilly Work and Research Areas 

How to set goals and intentions with Children

Setting Goals and Intentions with Children   Why is it a good idea to get into the practice of setting goals with children?   1: It allows you to feel in control of your life from a young age. Some personalities need to feel in control of their lives more than others. This can be… Continue reading How to set goals and intentions with Children

Signs Your Life is Out of Balance and What To Do About It?

How do you feel when your life is out of balance? What are the signs of your life being out of Balance? Here are 7 key areas to look for tells in your life. They cross all areas of your life from work to relationships. How do you react to interruptions? How do you benchmark… Continue reading Signs Your Life is Out of Balance and What To Do About It?

What matters most in educational development nature or nurture

What matters most in educational development? Nature or Nurture?     That age-old debate of what makes us who we are? How much of ourselves is down to genes, parents or environment? How much is learned?   What are Nature and Nurture?:   I have always been obsessed with two aspects of the people I… Continue reading What matters most in educational development nature or nurture

Why Unconditional love is so important in Child Development

WHY UNCONDITIONAL LOVE IS SO IMPORTANT FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT? Defining unconditional love:   What is unconditional love? It’s knowing that someone loves you no matter what you do, who you are, what choices you make in life, what you get right or wrong. Their support is fundamentally guaranteed. This type of love and support matters… Continue reading Why Unconditional love is so important in Child Development