Summer Series 2016 course with instructor David Heberlein of the Waldorf School of Princeton
Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschooling parents
This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming seventh grade school year, in a condensed three-day format filled with discussions, presentations, and practical activities. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing specifically on your students’ age group, you will get to know the seventh grader as he or she explores new horizons both within and without. Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, 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 include key seventh grade topics in the sciences, mathematics and geometry, and the humanities. These subjects will be supported by explorations in the arts, giving you many practical tools to take into your school year.
A useful grade-specific Resource Notebook, 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.
(Should you wish to further expand your artistic experience, you may choose to register also for Techniques and Skills for Creating Beautiful Drawings, our 2-day skills-based workshop for grades teachers held immediately following your course.)
David Heberlein currently teaches seventh grade at the Waldorf School of Princeton (NJ), for which he has been a member of the faculty since 1987 and sits on the College of Teachers. During his tenure at the School, David has carried two classes from first through eighth grade and two others through the upper grades, and has served as an administrator, board member, and College chair. In addition to teaching, David is a trained mentor for teachers both within and beyond the School. David received his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his master’s degree in Waldorf Education from Mercy College in Detroit, and completed a mentorship training seminar with Else Gottgens. He and his wife, Princeton kindergarten teacher Sarah Kessler, have three grown children—all Waldorf alumni.
Additional supplemental subject faculty TBA
Students who took a Grades course with David in summer 2015 had this to say:
~ The course was led beautifully by David.
~ Well-organized and well-informed instructor.
~ Wonderful! David was down-to-earth, very collegial. He brought many forms but was also open to what others had to offer.
~ Very knowledgeable about the content, great facilitator, and was very good about being general versus being specific when he needed to be.
~ I appreciated his ability to lead discussion, keep us on task, and provide useful resources.
~ It was very satisfying and helpful for me. David was really great. Thank you.
Sunday: Optional campus tour 5:30-6pm; Registration 6-7pm; First class 7-9pm
Monday-Wednesday: 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.
$480 (includes all materials and non-refundable $45 registration fee). Discounts are available. See Summer Series page for details.
Contact Amina Phelps, Admissions & Summer Series Coordinator, at [email protected] or 845-425-0055 x20.
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.