DR Dympna Daly, principal of Our Lady of Mercy National School, Bantry, has written a book for teachers on implementing station teaching in their classes, which was launched recently. Professor Kathy Hall, of UCC launched this excellent resource in Our Lady of Mercy NS on 20th June. Prof Hall supervised Dympna’s PhD thesis on this topic in UCC and emphasised the importance of connecting up research with practice.
The West Cork Education Centre has published this book and it is available from the Centre. Our Lady of Mercy NS has long been to the forefront in leading effective teaching of literacy and has been a model school for others wishing to implement station teaching.
Station teaching occurs when a class is divided into four or five small groups of pupils and they receive intensive tuition at different literacy stations with the help of support teachers, focusing on new reading, familiar reading, phonics/word work, writing and oral language.
Dympna’s book, ‘Station Teaching in Junior Classes,’ contains practical tips for teachers and student teachers on setting up station teaching in the classroom and also includes two training DVDs.
The whole school community attended the launch in the school and celebrated this wonderful occasion. The children sang their school anthem, along with a repertoire from the National Children’s Choir concert.
Dympna Daly was congratulated on this wonderful publication.