Friendship Cards are a new educational tool thought to improve the lives of whoever makes use of them. The cards have been developed by Relationships are Forever Foundation, with the intention of helping children and youth develop their abilities to build strong relationships with their families, friends and others that they will come across during the course of their lives.
The first edition of Friendship Cards is focused on Resolving Conflicts. These cards aim to help students to:
Feel comfortable in saying how you feel, talking with each other and finding out what caused the disagreement;
Realise that you may have said or done something wrong;
Focus on taking positive steps and avoiding hurtful behaviour so that you can make up and be good friends again.
Courses for Educators and Parents/Guardians
The Foundation is organising a series of courses for Educators, Youth Workers, and Families (MQF Level 3) which will enable participants to learn how to use the friendship cards, as well as receive a resource pack.
ESPLORA has just launched a series of Educational Packs for Kinder 1, Kinder 2, Year 3 and Year 4. The Educator’s Packs provide valuable information pertaining to educational visits to the Interactive Science Centre. The packs include various pre and post-visit activities which can be used with students in class, or at home, before and after their visit to Esplora. Such pre- and post-activities are based on the Early Years and Primary Science/ Primary English curricula.
The Esplora Educator’s Packs and related resources can be downloaded from: https://esplora.org.mt/ category/educators-pack/. When visiting Esplora, state schools will benefit from the free transport scheme offered through the Ministry for Education. The Esplora School Education Programme offers a wide variety of on-site activities for all ages, from early years to secondary school students. The full list of activities on offer can be accessed through this link: https:// esplora.org.mt/education-programme-20212022.
The Directorate of Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills is extending its support service in the primary sector through a newly launched website that contains digital resources for educators, parents and students.
Educators can find a wealth of resources including teaching ideas, tutorials of how to use various apps and web2.0 tools as well as printable material. The website also includes links for professional development, training opportunities and other events. Video tutorials and help files will also be of benefit for parents and students, enabling them to access and make use of the digital resources used by schools and educators.
You can use the resource filter tool to search classroom resources, activities and classroom presentations across a wide range of environmental topics and themes. From rainforests to rivers, climate change to citizenship, WWF has created something to help educators and pupils learn about our precious planet, the environmental challenges it faces and how we can all take action. Visit the resources page by clicking on this link: https://www.wwf.org.uk/get-involved/schools/resources. You can also access activities which can be done from your own homes by going here: https://www.wwf.org.uk/things-to-do-home.
The digital literacy primary team within DDLTS has developed an Online and Distance Learning Toolkit for Primary Schools whose scope is to give ideas and guidelines for primary schools and teachers. It includes an overview of great practices and creative ideas that, through the use of technology, are being held by the Maltese educator community during this period. This can be found by browsing to https://bit.ly/maltatoolkit. Continue reading →