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 third grade school year in five days brimming with discussions, presentations, and the arts.
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 third grade child in depth as they experience the nine-year change. 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 third 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.
Your course will be chock-full of such key third grade topics as:
- Finding, crafting, and telling stories of the Hebrew Bible
- Developing literacy
- Expanding arithmetic skills
- Teaching time and measurement
- Ways of approaching farming and house-building
These subjects will be supported by explorations in art and music, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.
In addition to 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.
Laura Cox is a class teacher at the Washington Waldorf School where she has been a member of the faculty since 2004, first serving as lower school substitute teacher and then, since 2008, as class teacher; she also is a member of the WWS College of Teachers and is one of the school’s AWSNA delegates. Her previous work with young people included teaching public school and working in the mayor’s office of Baltimore City as a juvenile justice planner. Laura, who lives with her family on a boat on the Potomac River, earned her BA and MAT from Johns Hopkins University and her Waldorf teaching certificate from Nova Institute.
Summer Series 2020 participants left us these evaluations of Laura:
- She was phenomenal. Her experience, knowledge, and openness was so encouraging.
- Laura did a marvelous job being aware of and sensitive to what our needs as adults were.
- She did a great job bringing information about grade 3 to us, while helping us to question and push ahead in reforming ideas.
- Not only did she bring us helpful and valuable information for teaching third grade, but she led us through a very fair and open discussion of serious topics that arose. I am grateful to her for all of the new ideas that she offered to my curriculum and for sharing her materials with us.
- The course was great! Learned a lot and have so many resources.
- Laura did an amazing job of presenting the 3rd grade curriculum. The nine year change and parent work were particularly helpful for me. The open discussion on current topics of anti-racism and distant learning were very helpful as well. I took this training with a new-to-3rd grade teacher. Having such a thorough training supports me in supporting her. Thank you.
- I thought this course was excellent! One of the best Waldorf trainings I have been to.
Your course also includes music with Patti Regan of Berkshire Waldorf School and art with Kelly Beekman of The Waldorf School of Philadelphia.
This course takes place July 18-23 in a synchronous online classroom
Sunday evening: 7-7:30pm technical check-in; first session starts promptly at 7:30 and ends at 9
Monday-Thursday: About 4.25 hours of formal instruction delivered between 10-4:30
Friday morning: Last session runs 10-12
ALL TIMES LISTED ARE EASTERN (NY) TIME ZONE
NOTE: Participants should be prepared to work on course-related assignments outside of their regularly scheduled instructional sessions (including some that may be assigned in advance), as well as to be available to attend late afternoon and/or evening facilitator-led discussions on topics that may arise during the course of the week.
$570 includes all resource materials and a $25 non-refundable deposit. See main summer page for discount options.
NOTE: Participants will be expected to procure some materials to use during their course. A materials list will be sent out three weeks prior to your course start date.
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.