The current restrictions around social distancing due to the COVID-19 has meant that both teachers and students have had to adjust to teaching and learning remotely.
The sudden change in how we teach and you learn has brought challenges and opportunities for all of us, including the technology itself, lack of or indeed outdated devices at home, restricted or poor quality broadband, increased screen time use, and most of all the lack of face to face daily contact which facilitates active classroom engagement, questioning, clarification, discussion and ongoing feedback.
On the other hand, opportunities exist for teachers and students to engage much more with teaching and learning in the digital context enabling us all to up skill at a faster rate than if we were all still in classrooms together every day. It has facilitated an extensive sharing of resources on the ever growing number of educational companies, publishers and social-networking sites that have made their publications, products, Apps and platforms available free of charge to all during the crisis.
And of course there is the advantage to you students as you become increasingly competent as independent learners which will bring enormous benefits as you move on into senior cycle and into the third-level education and the world of work.
Working technologically can save us time and rob us of it so for those of you in Third Year and Sixth Year who are really trying to focus your attention on preparing for your written papers in June.
The following tips might help:
Plan out your day according to what was put in place by the school. Some schools are conducting classes as per the normal school day on Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams. Others are doing classes at different times or are allocating work on a daily basis. Whatever the case, log in early in the morning, check what work needs to be done and submitted or what classes you have, and make a list.
Factor in breaks just as you would in school.
Stay off social media while engaged in school work online, you will get distracted and it will take twice as long and may fall below your normal standard.
Try not to get overwhelmed by all the resources that are now available. Focus on the advice and recommendations of your teachers and stick to the sites that you would have used before such as www.examinations.ie, www.studyclix.ie, www.scoilnet.ie, or sites specific to your subjects.
The publishers of the exam papers have also granted free access to the papers, marking schemes and sample answers so you will have plenty of high quality content to complement what your teacher has done and is going with you.
Niamh Dwyer is a guidance counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore and is PRO of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. firstname.lastname@example.org
Top tips for exfoliating your skin
One of the most important steps when we are looking after our skin, face and body is exfoliation. There are many different types of exfoliators so finding the right one […]
One of the most important steps when we are looking after our skin, face and body is exfoliation.
There are many different types of exfoliators so finding the right one is important. We don’t want to cause any unnecessary damage, especially to the face.
We must help to exfoliate the dead cells to reveal new glowing skin. As dead cells have a negative effect on the skin, it clogs pores, creates dark spots and rough skin texture, more pronounced wrinkles as well as dullness and dryness. Also, the build up of dead cells can inhibit the effectiveness of skin care products as serums and creams can’t reach the basal (lower) layer which is the active level of the skin. This layer is responsible for the growth of collagen and elastin. These molecules/cells rise up to the outer layer giving your skin plumpness. Think of them like grapes when they are youthful and hydrated. Unfortunately as we age, and if we don’t look after our skin, environmental factors such as the sun, wind, and diet can cause the collagen and elastin cells to look more like raisins. Therefore, it’s super important to exfoliate those dead cells away.
The different types you can choose from might depend on your likes or dislikes and if your skin is normal or combination. If you have dry, thin skin you must be careful to choose a suitable exfoliating product, something without grains, as they can sometimes be a little harsh. If they are dissolving grains they maybe suitable.
A great tip when exfoliating the body is to put on exfoliating mitts every time you shower. Always apply a little body lotion after every shower or bath also.
Any questions call Jill on 064 6632966.
Budget 2023 has been announced, so what’s in it for you?
At lunchtime today (Tuesday) Budget 2023 was announced which includes an €11 billion package in what’s been described as a ‘Cost of Living Budget’. Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and […]
At lunchtime today (Tuesday) Budget 2023 was announced which includes an €11 billion package in what’s been described as a ‘Cost of Living Budget’.
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath announced a series of measures which they say will be “focused on helping individuals, families and businesses to deal with rising prices”.
It included a further €300 million in public service support measures funded from the Contingency Reserve Fund.
“We were emerging from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We now face a further economic challenge,” Minister Donoghue said.
“The government understands, and I understand, the worries which small business owners, farmers, pensioners, those who work really hard to get by, will feel. This is why the government will help, and by helping our country will overcome this challenge.”
THE BUDGET AT A GLANCE
Personal Tax Credit, Employee Credit and Earned Income Credit set to increase by €75
Standard rate band for Income Tax is to increase by €3,200 to €40,000
Increase in the second USC rate band (2 percent rate) from €21,295 to €22,920 in line with the 80 cent per hour increase in the national minimum wage recently agreed by this government
€200 electricity credits for homes over the next three billing cycles – November, January and March – (€600 in total)
Petrol/Diesel: The reduction on excise duty on fuel previously announced earlier this year to ease the cost of petrol and diesel has been further extended until February 28, 2023. Motorists will continue to pay 21 cent per litre in respect of petrol, 16 cent per litre in respect of diesel and 5.4 cent per litre in respect of Marked Gas Oil.
A €1.2 billion package of supports for businesses hit by soaring energy costs
New Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) has been set up to assist businesses with their energy costs. A monthly cap of €10,000 per trade will apply and an overall cap will apply on the total amount which a business can claim.
Excise on pack of 20 cigarettes to increase by 50 cent
Lump sum payment of €400 for Fuel Allowance recipients will be paid before Christmas
Extra lump sum for the elderly, carers, and disabled as social welfare rates go up €12
VAT: 9 percent VAT rate which is currently in place to support the tourism and hospitality sectors to remain in place until February 28, 2023
Double Child Benefit payment for all eligible parents on November 1
Christmas bonus to be paid in December, with a separate double payment in November
New rent tax credit worth €500 for 2023. This can also be claimed for 2022. This applies to those who do not get any other housing supports. Approximately 400,000 persons are expected to benefit.
Rural Ireland will get a €390 million investment for development
Newspaper: VAT on newspapers to be reduced from 9 percent to zero from January 1, 2023.
1,000 new Garda and 430 Garda staff will be provided
20% fare reduction on public transport will be extended to the end of 2023
Weekly social welfare rates will be increased by €12 for working age recipients
€12 increase in weekly payments for pensioners
Working Family Payment threshold will increase by €40
€2 increase in the weekly rate for a Qualified Child
An increase in eligibility for Fuel Allowance
€500 lump sum for families availing of the Working Family Payment, a €500 lump sum for carers, a €500 cost of disability payment and a €20 increase in the domiciliary care allowance for sick children
All inpatient hospital charges will be abolished, GP visit cards will be provided to those on or below the median income (340,000 additional people)
There will be a €2 increase in the weekly rate for a Qualified Child.
Drug Payment Scheme threshold will remain at the lower rate of €80 in 2023
Funding will be provided for IVF treatments
Free contraception will be available for all women aged between 16 and 30
Childcare and education
Free School Book Scheme for primary school pupils from autumn 2023
Over 660 additional mainstream teachers, over 1,190 SNAs and 680 special education teachers will be provided
The National Childcare Scheme hourly subsidy is to increase from 50c to €1.40
A €500 increase in post-graduate contribution grant for eligible families
Over 4,800 additional places on craft and consortia-led apprenticeships and 4,000 places on craft apprenticeship programmes will be supported
Funding will be made available to support 8,800 new HAP tenancies and 800 RAS tenancies
9,100 new-build social homes, 5,500 new affordable homes for sale and rent and 6,500 new social homes will be supported
Funding to deliver 37,000 home energy upgrades
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