Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents
This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming fifth grade school year, in five days filled with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts.
With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing on your class’s age group, you will get to know the fifth grade child in depth as he or she stands on the balancing point between childhood and adolescence. Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you’ll discover how to enliven your teaching and how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the fifth grader in a meaningful and lively 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.
Your week will be chock-full of key fifth grade topics as:
– The teaching of ancient cultures, including Greek history and mythology
– Teaching free-hand geometrical drawing
– Developing language skills in reading and writing
– Expanding the reach of geography to encompass all of North America
– Bringing the plant kingdom to life through botany studies
– Building on fractions skills toward the discovery of the decimal fraction
These subjects will be supported by explorations in art, music, and movement, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.
In addition to inspiration and guidance which will support your teaching throughout the year, you’ll gain many invaluable opportunities for building connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.
Useful, grade-specific resource materials, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.
Note: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education.
Instructor Karen Crandall is currently class teacher for the fifth grade at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, NY. This is Karen’s third class cycle. She led her first class, grades one through eight, from 1993-2001 and her second class from 2007-2012 (picking up the class in the middle of their 3rd grade year). Karen has chaired the Teacher Development Committee in the school since 2010 and has been leading the All School Study in Anthroposophy since 2013. She holds a BFA from Penn State University and an MSEd from Sunbridge College.
Students who took a Grades course with Karen in summer 2016 had this to say:
~ This is my 3rd year participating in the grade intensive with Karen. I come back because it is absolutely satisfying and nourishing to my soul. I get so much inspiration and understanding from Karen’s words. Love her!
~ Karen brings a delightful perspective and suggestions for practical use, but continues to encourage us to do what is right for us and to continue to study.
~ I liked the pace and how the feeling, thinking and willing parts were balanced. Karen’s approach was layered and very effective for me.
~ It was helpful that Karen demonstrated the work she does in the class as if she was actually in the class.
~ The quality was outstanding – invaluable. Excellent balance of philosophy with practical practice. I grew on many levels, as a teacher/professionally AND personally.
Sunday, July 9: Optional campus tour 5:30-6pm; Registration 6-7pm; First class runs from 7-9pm
Monday, July 10-Thursday, July 13: Classes begin each day by 8:30am and run through 5:30pm, with an hour for lunch and short mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.
Friday, July 14: Classes begin by 8:30am and end between 12-1pm, with a mid-morning break.
$795 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee). Discounts may apply; see registration form for details.
Visit https://www.sunbridge.edu for further information.