This course will be taught remotely in real-time. Details here.
Professional development for Waldorf teachers and home school parents
This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming sixth grade school year in five days brimming with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts.
Under the guidance of a master class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and learn how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the sixth grader in a lively and meaningful way. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing on your class’s age group, you will get to know the sixth grader in depth as they enter early adolescence. 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.
Your course will be chock-full of key sixth grade topics, such as:
- Roman history and the early Middle Ages
- New math concepts, including business math and the percentage
- Geometrical drawing with compass and straight edge
- Sciences, including earth science, physics, and observational astronomy
These subjects will be supported by explorations in art and music, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.
In addition to the inspiration and guidance which will support your teaching throughout the year, you’ll gain many invaluable opportunities for building connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.
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 is a class teacher at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, where she currently teaches a mixed third/fourth grade. This is Karen’s third class cycle; she led her first class, grades one through eight, from 1993-2001, and her second class from 2007-2012. Karen has chaired her school’s Teacher Development Committee since 2010, and is a part of their mentoring support. She 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 visual art with Kelly Beekman and music with Patti Regan of Berkshire Waldorf School.
Attendees who previously took a Grades course with Karen had this to say:
~ The course was very helpful. I loved how Karen adjusted (it) to meet our needs.
~ Karen was very knowledgeable and shared many tips/resources to help us build confidence and have a good starting point.
~ This course was very satisfying and helpful. The study was the most effective study I have ever experienced.
~ The quality of the course was superb.
~ I loved Karen’s thoroughness.
~ The course provided me with a lot of tools that I can bring back to my class. A big highlight was Karen!
~ What heart and knowledge! Karen is very real and reassuring. Please invite her back!
This course runs Sunday evening, June 21-noontime, Friday, June 26, 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.