Summer Series 2016 course with instructor Kevin Kilb (Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School)
Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschooling parents
This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming sixth 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 class’s age group, you will get to know the sixth grader in depth as he or she enters early adolescence. 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 sixth grader in a meaningful and lively 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 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, music, and movement, giving you 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.
Kevin Kilb is currently sixth grade class teacher and Council Chair at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (NY), where he has been teaching for 12 years. After completing his first eight-year cycle as a class teacher in 2008, Kevin worked for Camphill Triform as a farmer/educator and then taught English for one year at the Freie Waldorfschule Karlsruhe in Germany, before returning to Hawthorne Valley. Kevin graduated magna cum laude from Boston College and received his Waldorf Teacher Certification from Sunbridge College. An avid student himself who continues to pursue education in both practical and academic subjects, he is interested in local anthroposophical initiatives, enjoys reading about sensory integration (Waldorf/mainstream) and extra lesson work.
Students who took a Grades course with Kevin in summer 2015 had this to say:
~ Kevin is the best! Funny, articulate, and very knowledgeable about the subject areas.
~ I love how open-minded, creative, and flexible he is about ideas to apply in the classroom.
~ I really got a lot from Kevin’s instruction. He presented the background concepts very thoroughly.
~ Kevin does a lovely job with the tempo of the class.
~ I found Kevin’s holistic approach of the WHY we do things to be very helpful.
~ The quality (of the course) was higher than I expected: very thorough and engaging.
~ Kevin is knowledgeable, calm, kind, humble, smart. Great!
Your course also includes music with Patti Regan of Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA), art with Marina McGrew of Rudolf Steiner School (NY), and media/technology with Harlan Gilbert of Green Meadow Waldorf School.
Sunday: Optional campus tour 5:30-6pm; Registration 6-7pm; First class 7-9pm
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.
$775 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 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.