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“Nimbly, Simply, Confidently, Naturally”

Description of the Session

Dorothy Marlen would like introduce us to the Pikler approach with particular emphasis on the crucial importance of natural motor development in the first 18 months of life. The presentation will include:

  • An introduction to the lemniscate of care (the 2 main principles of the Pikler approach) and how this links with Steiner’s understanding of the 4 lower senses. 
  • Sharing her experience of running parent and baby groups based on the lemniscate of care
  • The crucial importance of natural movement progression for later learning and development
  • Natural motor development, primitive reflexes and obstacles to natural movement development.
  • How we can best support babies natural motor development.

Dorothy Marlen called the session: "Nimbly, simply, confidently, naturally" for a reason. This is taken from a quote by Emmi Pikler (“If we give children enough space and possibilities for free movement, they will move as beautifully and gracefully as animals, nimbly, simply, confidently and naturally").

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.

 

Looking forward to seeing you.

ECDAM Committee

 

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Making Malta fit for Children: Learning from Jordan

Ronald G. Sultana is professor of sociology and comparative education at the University of Malta, a member of the Faculty of Education, and founding director of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research. He has carried out fieldwork in several countries in Europe, the Mediterranean region, and New Zealand, from where he obtained his PhD. His research focuses on educational innovation, teacher training, and the links between education and work. This year he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Université Laval in Quebec, in recognition of his efforts to promote social justice through education.

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.

 

Looking forward to seeing you.

ECDAM Committee

 

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Myriad of Discourse – Quality Approaches for Early Reading with Under-threes

Dr Karen Boardman is the Head of Department Early Years Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire, England. Karen has worked in a variety of exciting roles with babies and young children from birth to seven years old for the past thirty-five+ years, both as an Early Years practitioner and a Nursery/Reception teacher. Karen is responsible for all Undergraduate and Graduate Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) teaching routes, alongside a range of Undergraduate Early Childhood Education and Early Years Foundation degree programmes. Karen is passionate about high quality, authentic early years provision, supporting the individual needs of all learners and thus impacting upon the life chances of very young children and families. Karen’s research interests are early reading with under-threes, literacy pedagogy and provision for under-threes.

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Education for sustainable development in the early years

Jane Spiteri is a lecturer in the Department of Early Childhood and Primary Education, within the Faculty of Education, at the University of Malta. She holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh with a doctoral research on Education for Sustainable Development in Early Childhood. She has a long a standing interest in environmental learning with young children. She has published her research in peer-reviewed scholarship on education for sustainable development, early childhood education, outdoor learning, participatory research methods with young children, and gifted and talented education.

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S.T.E.A.M projects through the E-Twinning platform

Brief Bio:

Six years ago, I graduated from MCAST LV5 in Advanced Early years and since then I have been teaching at Kindergarten level (alternating Kinder 1 & Kinder 2). I currently teach Kinder 2 at San Ġorġ Preca College, Ħamrun S.S Primary School, using the combination of both S.T.E.A.M education and that of the Emergent Curriculum.

Back in the scholastic year 2016/2017, I was searching for more growth in my profession when I came across an E-Twinning workshop in the same year. From there on I embarked on both local and also European projects which improved my teaching pedagogy through various collaborations whilst also gaining several Quality labels both on a local and European level. After my second year in E-Twinning, my interest in the platform increased and in 2018 I have been appointed as an E-Twinning Ambassador making the journey even more pleasant and a fruitful learning one.  

Seeking for more knowledge and growth throughout my teachings, I combined what I love doing most to enhance S.T.E.A.M-tastic activities through E-Twinning, leading me to a world of both personal and professional outcomes through collaborated works.

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