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 three 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.
Elizabeth Hall (Lead) is currently the eighth grade class teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School. This is the fourth class of middle schoolers Liz has led at Green Meadow since joining their faculty in 2006, including taking four eighth grade classes; she also serves on the school’s Collegium. A full-time class teacher since 1998, Liz has been involved with home schooling, tutoring, and working with children with special needs in Waldorf environments since 1992. Prior to joining Green Meadow, she was a class teacher and lower school chair at the Waldorf School of Baltimore. She also teaches humanities and science classes, and anthroposophical studies, in Sunbridge’s Waldorf Elementary and Early Childhood Teacher Education programs, respectively, and speaks at local and international conferences on Waldorf Education and child development. Liz holds a BA from Earlham College, where she double-majored in English and Spanish and minored in art history; an MA in education and a Waldorf certificate 1-8 from Antioch New England; and a certificate of curative education from Camphill Special Schools, Inc.
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.
Students who took this course in previous years had this to say:
~ The quality of the course was very high. I found that the instructors were enlightening, open-minded, and excited about the subjects we discussed.
~ Collaborative meetings with colleagues, with seasoned, experienced teachers leading, was wonderful.
~ All three instructors did a fabulous job.
~ Liz is amazing. I learn just by being in the presence of who she is.
~ Gary is so resourceful and tremendously helpful, especially in the sciences and maths.
~ Very helpful overview of the year and modeling of good teaching.
This course runs Sunday evening, June 28-noontime, Friday, July 3, in a synchronous online classroom. See main summer page for format and times.
$550 includes resource materials and two conference calls during the school year. See main summer page for discount options.
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.