Adult-Child Interactions in the Early Years: What Can We Learn From the Story of a Mother and Her Infant in Malta?

Presenter: Dr Charmaine Bonello

Date: Thursday, January 12th, from 6.00 – 7.30pm (Online)

Have you ever questioned your actions and language when interacting with young children? Are you interested in learning more about adult-child interactions in the first years of a child’s life? If your answer is ‘yes’, do not miss this ECDAM online session. Drawing on the initial findings of an ongoing five-year longitudinal study with a mother and her daughter, Dr Charmaine Bonello aims to create a space for dialogue about the importance of responsive and sensitive adult-child interactions. Research shows that effective adult-child interactions are strong predictors of quality early childhood education and care and thriving home learning environments (Bradley, 2019; Centre on the Developing Child, 2016; Pianta et al., 2016; Sylva et al., 2004).

In this presentation, Dr Bonello will focus on the Serve and Return style of interactions. Recent neuroscientific evidence shows that Serve and Return interactions help build a child’s brain, starting before babies can talk (Centre on the Developing Child, Harvard University, 2016). She will unpack the story of one Maltese mother who intentionally used Serve and Return interactions with her daughter for fourteen months. The audience will have the opportunity to explore the attitudes, knowledge and skills the mother adopted to initiate and develop successful Serve and Return Interactions and the challenges encountered. How the process facilitated child-led play, interactions that engendered a sense of entitlement for rights, and decolonised interactions over time will also be discussed. The outcomes of this study are relevant to parents of young children, pre-service and in-service early childhood educators and anyone interested in joining the mission to raise liberated children and active citizens right from the start.

If you are interested in joining this online session, please register through our website: https://ecdam.org to reserve a place. The Zoom link will be sent to you a couple of hours before the session starts. Only individuals registered will be sent the link and assigned an attendance ticket to count for the issue of the CPD hours certificate.

Scientix Webinar

Scientix (the largest community for science education in Europe http://www.scientix.eu/home) Malta will be organizing a webinar for educators regarding animal welfare and the three R’s (refinement, reduction, replacement) . The webinar may be of interest to educators teaching early years, primary, middle and secondary school who would like to learn more about how to communicate values and knowledge related to animal welfare and the three R’s. The three R’s are principles which need to be respected by scientists and researchers conducting testing which may involve the use of animals. Further information about this European project may be found here: http://www.scientix.eu/pilots/pilot-3rs

The webinar will explore both principles related to this subject as well as various resources available on the Scientix platform. The webinar is going to be delivered by Alexia Micallef Gatt, an ambassador for Scientix in Malta who has worked on this project with Scientix as a Pilot and Lead Teacher. For more information you may contact Alexia on alexia.micallefgatt@gmail.com.

Registration and application

The webinar is going to take place on the MS Teams platform on the 5th of December between 4.00pm and 5.30pm. Registration can be completed by submitting this form: https://forms.gle/WvXmyqitXyftv7YX9

Educational Euroscience Webinars for Educators

The Faculty of Education (UM) is working in collaboration with the Centre for Educational
Neuroscience at University College London/Birbeck and the Educational Neuroscience Hub Europe (Malta) to promote and disseminate ways in which educational neuroscience can inform classroom instruction amongst the local educators and schools. Our first initiative consists of two webinars aimed towards an understanding of educational neuroscience and its potential application to understand and improve student learning.

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Celebrate National Space Day: Webinar for Yr 9 – Yr 10 students

National Space Day was created to inspire all of us in the pursuit of knowledge and progress. To celebrate this day, Esplora teamed up with GLOBE Malta and the U.S. Embassy to organise a virtual webinar for students focusing on Space Exploration and Earth Observation.

Participating students will have the opportunity to meet with Peter Falcon, and Earth Science Education and Communications Specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as Gordon Caruana Dingli, who recently published a book on the Apollo programme and the locals’ response to it. Moreover, educators and students will have an opportunity to meet with Ramona Mercieca to discover how they can become citizen scientists by collecting data for NASA scientists.

Target Audience: Yr 9 – Yr 10 students

Day: 6th May 2022

Maximum number of participants: 3 classes

Session Duration: 1 hour, to be held between 11am and 1pm.

The exact time will be agreed upon with educators upon booking to ensure that a common time slot can be found among all classes involved. The Webinar is free to attend and will be delivered in English.

Webinars for Parents and Guardians hosted by the SpLD Service

The SpLD service has announced it will be repeating a series of webinars for parents and guardians. The aim is to provide practical ways of how (parents and guardians) can better support their child with dyslexia at home. Sessions will be held at 9:30 am on Microsoft Teams, and they vary in duration between 1 – 1.30 hrs. The full timetable can be found below:

Interested applicants are kindly requested to register their interest by sending an email to
spldservice.meds@gov.mt by Tuesday 5th April 2022

Workshop on Language Development of Babies and Toddlers in a Bilingual Context


The National Literacy Agency is organising workshops for childcare centre managers, educators and carers entitled: Language development of babies and toddlers in a bilingual context. These workshops will be held online via MS Teams. The workshops will be dealing with the following topics:

  1. Promoting bilingualism in the childcare centre by Dr Lara Ann Vella on 8th March 2022, from 16:00 to 17:00;
  2. The development of emergent literacy skills in Maltese and English by Ms Miriam Schembri on 15th March 2022, from 16:00 to 17:00.

Participants are to fill in the online form to book their sessions by clicking on this link:
https://forms.office.com/r/PT4sYg2FEc

An invitation to attend these sessions will be sent the day before each session. Participants who take part in these workshops will be presented with a certificate of participation.


For further information, please send an email to Dr Lara Ann Vella on lara.ann.vella@ilearn.edu.mt or call on
25983328.
Thank you for your attention.
Sandra Ebejer
Director,
Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes

Sessjonijiet Virtwali għall-Istudenti tal-Lingwi

Id-Dipartiment tal-Lingwi Barranin se jorganizza serje ta’ sessjonijiet virtwali lil studenti tal-lingwi tas-7 u t-8 Sena li huma nteressati li jużaw il-lingwi b’mod aktar attiv u li lesti li jiskopru dwar lingwi differenti minn dawk li huma familjari magħhom. L-istudenti li għandhom għal qalbhom xi lingwa jew oħra huma għalhekk imħajra li jinagħqdu ma’ studenti li jitgħallmu lingwi differenti u jattendu għal serje ta’ webinars marbutin mal-lingwi. Dawn il-webinars ser jittrattaw aspetti dwar il-lingwa, l-kultura, l-użu u t-tagħlim tal-lingwa u jipproponu attivitajiet li bihom l-istudenti jistgħu jużaw jew ikabbru l-għarfien tagħhom fil-lingwa barranija partikolari li tkun qed tiġi ppreżentata lilhom. Ser ikun hemm sessjonijiet fuq iċ-Ċiniż, il-Franċiż, il- Ġermaniz, l-Għarbi, it-Taljan u l-Ispanjol, kif ukoll xi lingwi oħra li ma’ jiġux mgħallma fl-iskejjel.

Fis-sessjonijiet l-istudenti ser ikollhom ċans jiżviluppaw ħiliet plurilingwi u jieħdu sehem f’attivitajiet diversi permezz tas-sessjonijiet offruti lilhom. Is-sessjonijiet se jsiru kull nhar ta’ Tnejn, jibdew fit-22 ta’ Novembru 2021, bejn l-4:00 u l-5:00, fuq MS Teams. Wieħed mitlub ġentilment japplika hawn: https://forms.office.com/r/APXYrTEjy6. Għal aktar informazzjoni wieħed jista’ jikteb fuq foreignlanguages@ilearn.edu.mt jew iċempel fuq 25982902.

OTPC Tablet Training 2021/2022

The Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills will be delivering an online tablet training course for new Year 4 – 6 educators, during this scholastic Year 2021/22. Interested educators should apply via https://bit.ly/OTPCTabletTraining. Those educators who are going to attend the morning sessions should download the approval form from this link https://bit.ly/OTPCTabletTApproval and upload it in the application once it is filled in by the Head of School. NQTs do need not apply since they already attended this training.

Online Sessions for Parents/Guardians – Early Language Development

The Language Policy in Education Unit within the National Literacy Agency, in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta will be organising a series of online sessions on early language development. These sessions are intended for parents and guardians of children aged 0-5 and will be held in Maltese. The sessions, led by Dr. Daniela Gatt, will be held online, once a week from 15:30 to 17:00. The schedule is as follows:

Participants are to fill in the online form to book the sessions by clicking on this link:
https://forms.office.com/r/PKs5yVjKCa. An invitation to attend these sessions will be sent the day before each session. For further information please send an email to Dr. Lara Ann Vella on lara.ann.vella@ilearn.edu.mt or call on 25982130.

eTwinning Online Seminar on Media Literacy and Disinformation

The eTwinning National Support Organisation is pleased to announce the eTwinning Malta Online Seminar for 2021.The Seminar will be hosting educators from various European countries.

Venue: MS TEAMS platform
Date: Saturday 24th April 2021.
Time: 10.00 – 16.00 CET
Target Audience: All educators (including LSEs), from State, Church and Independent Schools
Description: The theme for this year’s Seminar is ‘Media Literacy and Disinformation’. Thus, workshops will not only focus on eTwinning as an innovative pedagogy but also on the integration of Digital Literacy in projects within this theme. One of the sessions will also consist of a networking activity between participants aimed at encouraging registration of new eTwinning Collaborative Projects.

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