Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents
This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming sixth grade school year in five full 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, music, and movement, 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.
Handouts relevant to your week will be provided to you upon your arrival on campus. 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, NY, where she currently teaches a mixed sixth/seventh 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 sits on the Collegium. A seasoned Sunbridge “Grades” instructor, Karen holds a BFA from Penn State University and an MSEd from Sunbridge College.
Students who took a Grades course with Karen in 2018 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!
Your course also includes painting with Brigitte Bley-Swinston of Green Meadow Waldorf School, music with Jana Hawley of Sunbridge Institute and Green Meadow Waldorf School, and movement with Will Crane.
Should you wish to further expand your artistic experience, you may also be interested in registering for Chalkboard Drawings for Class Teachers, our 2-day skills-based workshop. If you have not had formal teacher training and want to learn more about the foundations and fundamentals of Waldorf Education, you may wish to take our introductory Waldorf Weekend. Both workshops begin the Friday evening immediately following the conclusion of your grades course and run through Sunday afternoon.
Sunday, June 23: Optional campus tour: 5:30-6pm; check-in registration: 6-7pm; orientation and your first class: 7-9pm
Monday, June 24-Thursday, June 27: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with time for lunch and short mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.
Friday, June 28: Classes begin between 8-8:30am and end between 12-1pm, with a mid-morning break.
$860 includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee
Three Discount Options (Choose One! Discounts may not be combined.)
1. Friends and Family (Personal Discount): Currently enrolled Sunbridge program students receive a 30% discount and Sunbridge program graduates receive a 15% discount off one or more registrations. Discount instructions will appear on your registration form after you answer questions about your Sunbridge background in the Participant Profile section. Accounts must be in good standing.
2. Take Two and Save (Personal Discount): 10% discounts on subsequent registrations (of equal or lesser value) will automatically appear on your registration form when selecting more than one title. (Exception: Waldorf Weekend, which offers an $85 discount when selected as a subsequent registration.)
3. Send More/Save More (School Discount): Schools paying for five or more registrations will receive discounts in increasing amounts.
Make 5 registrations, receive 5% off the total cost
Make 6 registrations, receive 6% off the total cost
Make 7 registrations, receive 7% off the total cost
Make 8 registrations, receive 8% off the total cost
Make 9 registrations, receive 9% off the total cost
Make 10 or more registrations, receive 10% off the total cost
NOTE: When choosing this option, please be sure to check off “Invoice my School” on your registration form. To qualify for the Send More/Save More discount, registrations must be made by June 14.
Please contact Barbara Vitale, admissions and summer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-425-0055 x200
Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary. See registration form for refund policy.