This course will be taught remotely in real-time. Details here.
Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschooling parents
This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming eighth grade school year in five days brimming with discussions, presentations, and practical activities.
With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing specifically on your class’s age group, you will get to know the eighth grader in depth as they stand at the point of inner revolution. Under the guidance of master teachers, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the eighth grader in a deep and meaningful way. There will be time and space to consider and hone your skills in such practical matters as main lesson books, block planning, projects and activities, and classroom management.
In addition to inspiration and guidance which will support your teaching throughout the year, you will gain many invaluable opportunities for building connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.
Your week will be chock-full of key eighth grade topics, including:
- Teaching modern and contemporary history
- Discovering the world through geography
- Expanding skills and practice with algebra and geometry
- Exploring platonic solids
- Teaching eighth grade science including chemistry, physics, and anatomy
Grade-specific resource materials useful for your year, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you electronically.
NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education.
Cybelle Afable is a class teacher at NYC’s Rudolf Steiner School. Cybelle joined the Steiner School faculty in 2004 as a middle school language arts and math teacher and became a class teacher there the following year. She left for two years to move to Spain, where she taught English in the Waldorf School of Aravaca, and returned to Steiner to teach first grade to her current eighth grade class. A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines with a BS in Psychology, Cybelle completed her Waldorf teacher training at Sunbridge College.
Your course also includes science with Gary Banks of the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor and math with Kevin Kilb of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School.
Summer Series 2020 participants had this to say about Approaching Grade Eight:
- The quality of the course was excellent. There was a lot of forethought put into the schedule, the gathering space for the students, and the instructors.
- The 8th grade instructors and 8th grade group were knowledgeable, friendly, and supportive.
- This was a very helpful course. I appreciated that the teachers were actively involved in solving the online challenges, and the focus, especially in the main sections, on questions of DEI work.
- The sessions were excellent and the content presented was extremely helpful in helping me vision and prepare for 8th grade. There was a rich variety of resources provided.
- The quality of the course was good. I enjoyed the discussions and the ability for participants to share materials easily in the google classroom.
I loved having a large group and mechanisms to share online. The participants overall were rich in experience and ideas. I found the resources to be plentiful and excellent
I love that the google classroom will stay open for the year. Thank you!
This course takes place July 11-16 in a synchronous online classroom.
Sunday evening: 7-7:30pm technical check-in; first session starts promptly at 7:30 and ends at 9
Monday-Thursday: About 4.25 hours of formal instruction delivered between 10-4:30
Friday morning: Last session runs 10-12
ALL TIMES LISTED ARE EASTERN (NY) TIME ZONE
NOTE: Participants should be prepared to work on course-related assignments outside of their regularly scheduled instructional sessions (including some that may be assigned in advance), as well as to be available to attend late afternoon and/or evening instructor-led discussions on topics that may arise during the course of the week.
$570 includes all resource materials and a $25 non-refundable deposit. See main summer page for discount options.
NOTE: Participants will be expected to procure some materials to use during their course. A materials list will be sent out three weeks prior to your course start date.
Please contact Barbara Vitale, admissions and summer coordinator, at [email protected] or 845-425-0055 x20
Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary. See registration form for refund policy.