This course will be taught remotely in real-time. Details here.
This course has reached maximum enrollment and is now filled. If you are interested in being contacted in the event of a cancellation, please add your name to our wait list.
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, movement, 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 is currently teaching grade one (although third grade is one of her favorites!). Laura has been a member of that School’s faculty since 2004, first serving as lower school substitute teacher and then, since 2008, as class teacher. She is a member of the WWS College of Teachers and one of the School’s AWSNA delegates. Laura’s 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.
Your course also includes visual art with Kelly Beekman and music with Patti Regan of Berkshire Waldorf School.
This course runs Sunday evening, July 12-noontime, Friday, July 17, 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.