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Approaching Grade Seven

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - Friday, July 17, 2015

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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating indefinitely

Sunbridge Summer Series Approaching the Grades courses are designed for Waldorf class teachers looking ahead to the coming school year. Our focus is on building skills, and deepening knowledge of child development. Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you will journey through your grade’s subjects and explore ways to approach the blocks so that they may be imbued with depth and meaning.

There will be time and space to consider and hone your skills in such practical matters as main lesson books, circle activities, classroom management, block planning, and projects. Each course also includes a daily in-depth look at child development in light of anthroposophy, focusing specifically on the age group you will be teaching. This study is intended to serve as the wellspring of inspiration for the guiding thoughts and themes that will support your teaching throughout the year.

In addition to inspiration and guidance for your upcoming year, your course will give you many opportunities to build connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.

A highly-useful grade-specific Resource Notebook, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.

his course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming seventh grade school year, in five full days filled with discussions, lectures, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, you will get to know the seventh grader in depth as he or she explores new horizons both within and without. In addition to child development, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching so that it meets the seventh grader in a meaningful and lively way. Your course will be chock-full of key seventh grade topics including

  • Teaching history, including the late Middle Ages, Age of Exploration, and the Renaissance
  • Creative writing and history through biographies
  • Introducing and practicing algebra
  • Expanding into world geography
  • Seventh grade sciences, including chemistry, physics, and physiology

These subjects will be supported by explorations in art, movement, and singing, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

A highly-useful grade-specific Resource Notebook, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.

Steve Simonak is currently teaching seventh grade at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (NY), where he has been a class and high school teacher since 1991. While at Hawthorne Valley, he has also taught middle school math and arts, served as the Council of Teachers chairperson, literary magazine advisor, girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball teams coach, and established the Hawthorne Valley Surveying Practicum. Steve, who holds a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute, received his Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the Alkion Center (where he has been a guest teacher) and has training in Foundation Studies from Antioch. Before coming to Hawthorne Valley, Steve was a teacher in New York City. His hobbies include mapmaking and surveying, New York State history, medieval Christian painting, gardening,and birdwatching.

Course Schedule
Sunday:
 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Thursday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Friday: Classes end early afternoon.

Course Fee
$750 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Note: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. If you are new to Waldorf Education, we strongly recommend also registering for a Waldorf Weekend workshop (February 13-14 / June 26-28 / July 17-19) or our Exploring Waldorf Elementary Class Teaching course (June 21-24) as a complement to your Grades course. To further enrich your experience and expand your knowledge, we  recommend registering for our Eurythmy and the Growing Child workshop (June 28).

Registration: Click here to register.

Sunbridge Institute reserves the right to cancel any offering at any time. If Sunbridge cancels, all registrants will be notified and will receive a full refund. If the registrant cancels, he or she will receive a full refund less the non-refundable registration fee.  Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015
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Friday, July 17, 2015
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Start:
Sunday, July 12, 2015
End:
Friday, July 17, 2015
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