Teaching is rewarding and exhausting all in one!

Hard-working and passionate teachers, are so often overworked creating lessons and resources during their ‘free time’, when they could be having some well-earned quality downtime.

Do any of these sound familiar? Tick any of the following that apply to you…..

  • You are passionate about teaching, and love what you do, but find there’s never enough time to plan for all the learning in your classroom
  • You spend large amounts of time looking for creative ideas to inspire your students to be actively engaged and inquiry driven in the classroom?
  • You wonder how you can nurture a real love of reading and writing during a busy school day?
  • You want to encourage independent learners in your classroom, but you’re not quite sure how to go about it?
  • You would LOVE to regain some of the many hours spent on planning?

If any of the above sound familiar, you’ve landed in the right spot!

I’m Roisin Butler, and I understand how you feel!headshot w signature

During my many years in the classroom I too spent countless hours searching for ideas, resources and routines that I could use. During much of my “free time” I was planning and creating resources! Very early into my teaching career it became clear to me that the curriculum was very different from the day to day realities and interests of my students. As a teacher, I knew more about how to engage and spark my students’ curiosity, and their needs, than a publisher did. So rather than use a particular ‘scheme’ I pieced together materials from many sources. After 5 years teaching in the inner-city and more that 10 years teaching internationally in an inquiry based curriculum, I know how rewarding, but equally exhausting, it is to create a classroom where your kids are hands-on and engaged every day.

After 15 years of teaching, curriculum design and teacher training, I created Little Learner Toolbox. It is my way of sharing the lessons I learned and my passion for ideas that inspire CREATIVE READERS, WRITERS and THINKERS.

I want to help you to nurture storytellers and increase the creativity, inquiry and conversation in your classroom, while at the same time decreasing your stress, and taking back those planning hours, so you get to spend more quality time with your friends and family.



A little more about me

  • The academic bit: I’ve a B.Ed and M.Ed and over 15 years teaching in the classroom, designing curriculum and training teachers
  • I love taking photographs. It’s one of those things I can lose track of time doing. In school I thought I might be a photographer and I converted a small space in a downstairs bathroom into a darkroom.
  • In the last few years I realized that I enjoy cooking! I love great food!
  • Cookies are my downfall!
  • I was a homebird growing up, but life has taken me on travels far away from home and I love the experiences and perspectives it has brought.
  • Our family is ‘international’ with my husband, my 2 kids and I being born in 3 different countries, and now living in a new (4th) country.

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