This course will be taught remotely in real-time. Details here.
Professional development for Waldorf teachers and home school parents
This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming fifth grade school year in five days brimming with discussions, presentations, 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 they stand on the balancing point between childhood and adolescence. Under the guidance of a master 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 such 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 and music, 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.
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.
Leslie Lew is a class teacher at the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School where she has worked as a class teacher since 2003. Before moving to Connecticut and joining HVWS, Leslie lived in Israel, spending four years working in the children’s house on a kibbutz, working as an English and handwork teacher at the Adam Waldorf School in Jerusalem, completing her studies in elementary education at the Kibbutzim College of Education, and completing her Waldorf training in 1999 at the David Yellin College of Education. In her free time, Leslie enjoys spending time with her family (including her three children who are all HVWS graduates), reading, gardening, and traveling.
Summer Series 2020 participants left us these evaluations of Leslie:
- I thought my course was excellent! Leslie is wonderful, there was always space for questions and comments, and having access to the google classroom through the summer with slides and photos will be hugely helpful.
- Leslie was very insightful and full knowledge. I loved all the work she shared and how she emphasized the quality of work that the students are capable of. I was very appreciative of her sensitivity to gender fluid children and which stories don’t necessarily support those individuals.
- The course was thought through and very well conducted. I found that the art and music components added a lot of value and so did the breakout groups and groups discussions.
- I appreciated the overview of child development and of the curriculum, and I think it was outstanding that we spent time in anthroposophical study each morning. I am grateful for the power point slides, with examples of student and teacher art work and assignments that are in a format that I can easily organize and retrieve. Most of all, I am grateful to have been in the presence of striving colleagues.
- From the first day I was impressed with the professional and responsive care you gave to the course and participants. Thank you so much for all your quick responses, keeping the flow of the session’s content moving while allowing time for individual comments and questions. The high quality and treasure chest of materials we can access, including the teachers :), and throughout the year, are extremely valuable and deeply appreciated.
Your course also includes music with Patti Regan of Berkshire Waldorf School and art with Kelly Beekman of The Waldorf School of Philadelphia.
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.