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Approaching Grade Six

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

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.

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming sixth 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 sixth grader as he or she enters early adolescence. In addition to child development, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching so that it meets the sixth grader in a meaningful and lively way. Your week will be chock-full of such key sixth grade topics as the teaching of Roman history and the early Middle Ages; geography; geometrical drawing with compass and straight edge; introducing sixth grade sciences, including earth science, physics, and observational astronomy; and the teaching of new math concepts, including business math and the percentage. 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.

David Heberlein currently teaches sixth grade at the Waldorf School of Princeton, for which he has been a member of the faculty since 1987. 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.

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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