November 11, 2018
After my mid-term break in Germany, it is great to be back in Ireland. The week has flown by, and I cannot believe that I have been in Ireland for three weeks now. I am grateful to continue experiencing multiple classrooms and grow as an educator within my school placement.
This week, I was given an opportunity to teach a Religion Lesson, which was a first for me. Teaching this lesson was very interesting and such an honor, as Holy Family is a Catholic School and Religion is a part of their everyday curriculum. Having the trust of the classroom teacher to take over the class for this lesson is something I will forever be grateful for. After planning and guidance, the lesson went smooth, and I enjoyed hearing the students reactions and responses. As Religion in public schools is not apparent, I feel my experience in Ireland at a Catholic School will help shape me into a more diverse educator.
As my daily schedule and room involvement changes at Holy Family, which is helping me stay flexible and see a wide variety of teaching methods. I enjoy being able to go into different rooms and lend a helping hand where it is most needed. From teaching lessons on my own to working hand in hand with the main classroom teacher and individual students who need assistance, I have benefited as an educator each and every day.
After a week back in Ireland, my family arrived in Dublin and it has been wonderful having them here to visit. On Friday, I took the Dublin Coach from Ennis to Dublin to meet them at the airport. I would recommend using the Dublin Coach to anyone looking to travel within Ireland.
Over the weekend, my family and I averaged around 15,000 steps, which is equivalent to just over five miles of walking! We took a couple tours while in Dublin:
1.The Guinness tour: I would highly recommend this tour, there are seven floors of the building packed full of information and knowledge.
2.The Kilmainham Jail Tour: I would also highly recommend booking this tour as they explain the history of Ireland and major events throughout!
3. Trinity College and The Book of Kells: The Long Room is absolutely amazing, a truly breathtaking experience of over 200,000 books.
While in Dublin, we also went to the iconic Temple Bar. This is a must see and I would recommend making the trip to anyone that is traveling in Ireland.
Overall, Dublin is much larger and has more tourists than Ennis. This was a wonderful experience and I was able to learn a lot more in depth about the history of Ireland while in Dublin, but I have to say, I am happy to be back home in County Clare.
Check back for updates on week four!
Tegan is an elementary education major from Spring Grove, Illinois.