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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme tune by David Vesey

On this week's programme I speak to Paul O'Donnell who is principal of St. Patrick's National School in Slane, Co. Meath. He is the author of Wild Teaching: Cross-curricular Lessons Outdoors for Agoraphobic Teachers which is published by Meath County Council. Among the topics we discussed are:

  • How his upbringing fostered a love of the outdoors
  • The influence of Paddy Madden on his work as a teacher
  • How tempting it is to teach indoors all the time
  • Having students gather resources for lessons
  • Specific lessons in Wild Teaching
  • Making the transition from teaching to being principal
  • Challenges of principalship
  • Eliciting voices of children in running the school
  • Learning about life and death through keeping hens in school
  • The school garden
  • Minimising rubbish in the school
  • Earning six green flags for the school
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