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.
You may also be interested in one of these workshops taking place June 29-July 1, immediately proceeding the start of your course: Singing & Dancing Together in Grades 1-6: Musical Activities for Your Class, or (for new, untrained teachers) Waldorf Weekend: Foundations and Fundamentals of Waldorf Education from Early Childhood through High School.
Margot Amrine teaches at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, where she has been on the faculty since 1989 and has shepherded several lower school classes; she has also chaired the School’s College and is a founding teacher of its high school. A teacher of literacy skills to children from preschool to grade 12 since 1976, Margot is also director of the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan, and mentors Waldorf teachers in the midwest area. She holds a BMA in music and art history from the University of Michigan School of Music and has been a member of the Anthroposophical Society since 1981. The instructor of Sunbridge’s 2017 “Literacy in the Early Grades,” Margot has a particular interest in language arts and in working with parents, and enjoys traveling and playing the cello.
Students who took a Summer Series course with Margot in 2017 had this to say:
~ Margot was an amazing teacher. Much learned!
~ Margot was great at staying focused on topic and had prepared well to cover materials in a timely manner.
~ Margot is an excellent teacher of teachers: knowledgeable, encouraging, and funny!
~ Margot always provides practical advice and examples.
~ I am going home brim full of ideas and excitement for the coming year.
~ The knowledge, the flow, the perfect amount of information, the humor, all made it a very successful workshop.
Your course also includes music with Patti Regan, art with Steve Simonak, and movement with Will Crane.
Sunday, July 1: Optional campus tour 5:30-6pm; Registration 6-7pm; First session runs from 7-9pm
Monday, July 2-Thursday, July 5: Classes begin each day 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with an hour for lunch and short mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.
Friday, July 6: Classes begin 8-8:30am and end between 12-1pm, with a mid-morning break.
$825 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee).
10% discounts on subsequent registrations (of equal or lesser value) automatically appear on your registration form when selecting more than one title. (Exception: Waldorf Weekend, which offers an $80 discount when selected as a subsequent registration.)
Currently enrolled Sunbridge program students receive a 30% discount and Sunbridge program graduates receive a 15% discount (not to be combined with any other offering). Discount instructions will appear on the registration form after you answer questions about your Sunbridge background in the Participant Profile section. (Account must be in good standing.) section.
Schools making 11 registrations for any combination of 2, 3 and/or 5-day offerings will be rebated one tuition of the least expensive offering. (Rebate to be issued in August.)
Please contact Penelope-Myles Voss, Admissions, Alumni, and Summer Series 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.