This course will be taught remotely in real-time. Details here.
Professional development for Waldorf teachers and home schooling parents
This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming seventh 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 seventh grader as they explore new horizons both within and without. 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 seventh 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 course will be chock-full of key seventh grade topics, including:
- Teaching history, including the late Middle Ages, Age of Exploration, and the Renaissance
- Teaching creative writing and history through biographies
- Introducing and practicing algebra
- Expanding into world geography
- Seventh grade sciences, including chemistry, physics, and physiology
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.
Karen Crandall (Lead) is a class teacher at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. Karen has been on that School’s faculty since 1993 and is currently leading her third class. She has chaired her school’s Teacher Development Committee since 2010 and is a part of their mentoring support, and also sits on her school’s Collegium. A seasoned Sunbridge Summer Grades instructor, Karen holds a BFA from Penn State University and an MSEd from Sunbridge College.
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.
~ 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.