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 five full days filled with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts. 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 three experienced class 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, 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.)
Elizabeth Hall (Co-Lead) is currently the sixth grade class teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School. This is the fourth class of middle schoolers Liz has led at Green Meadow since joining their faculty in 2006, including taking four eighth grade classes; she also serves on the school’s Collegium. A full-time class teacher since 1998, Liz has been involved with home schooling, tutoring, and working with children with special needs in Waldorf environments since 1992. Prior to joining Green Meadow, she was a class teacher and lower school chair at the Waldorf School of Baltimore. She also teaches humanities and science classes in Sunbridge’s Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education program and speaks at local and international conferences on Waldorf Education and child development. Liz holds a BA from Earlham College, where she double-majored in English and Spanish and minored in art history; an MA in education and a Waldorf certificate 1-8 from Antioch New England; and a certificate of curative education from Camphill Special Schools, Inc.
Gary Banks (Co-Lead and Singing) currently teaches chemistry, biology, and other sciences, as well as music, at The Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, where is also the high school faculty chair. Among the middle school lessons Gary regularly teaches are the unique bicycle block and chemistry and environmental science main lessons. Gary is also on the faculty of the Waldorf Institute of Southeast Michigan and has been a presenter in the Teaching Sensible Science course and has taught in a number of other teacher training and Foundation Studies Courses since 2003. From 1993-2001, Gary took a class from first to eighth grade at the Denver Waldorf School, then worked as a high school science teacher at High Mowing School and a class teacher at Pine Hill Waldorf School before moving to Michigan. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering and worked as a research engineer on the NASA Space Station project before entering teaching. Gary completed his MEd at Antioch New England Graduate School. He is passionate about science and has enjoyed developing the phenomenological approach to science in his courses for students and teachers; he is also an enthusiastic backpacker, gardener, singer, and musician.
Calisa Tucker (Co-Lead and Geometric Constructions) is currently teaching grade seven at The Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. Calisa has been a class teacher at the school since 2002. Her first class, which she taught from second through eighth grade, completed their eighth grade year in 2010. Prior to becoming a Waldorf teacher, Calisa worked on an Organizational Learning and Lean Manufacturing internal consulting team for Ford Motor Company. Lessons learned in the automotive industry inspired her to seek out an education that nurtured systems thinking, creativity, and a love of learning. In 1999 during her Montessori teacher training, Calisa rediscovered Waldorf Education; after completing her Montessori training, she completed her Waldorf teacher education through what is now the Waldorf Institute of Southeast Michigan. Calisa also received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. She enjoys backpacking, traveling, and watching high school sporting competitions.
Your course also includes dance with Stephen Kotansky.
Sunday, July 8: Optional campus tour 5:30-6pm; Registration 6-7pm; First session runs from 7-9pm
Monday, July 9-Thursday, July 12: 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 13: 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.)
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 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.