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New Approaches for Grades Seven and Eight

Sunday, July 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Innovating Your Curriculum and Planning Your Year

Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents

This course will help you to revitalize your teaching and engage your students through these challenging middle school years.

Middle school science teacher Gary Banks will take you through a phenomenological approach to curriculum development, guiding you through his experience of creating a new environmental science block. From this experience, you will discover how to extract that methodology for applications in other subject areas, and be supported in developing your own new block.

In grade-specific breakout groups, class teachers will guide you in addressing the essentials of grades seven and eight, helping you to prioritize key themes and structure your year. (Come prepared with your school’s ’17-18 calendar!)

Through discussions, presentations, and practical activities, your “think-tank” style week will include:

– A focused look at child development, addressing the critical issues and challenges around the complexities of teaching early adolescents
– Practicing the methodology for curriculum innovation, and time and space to apply the principles you’ve learned to develop a new block specifically suited for your particular class
– Grade-specific sessions for looking at your subject areas, including the math, history, science, and language arts curriculum, to prioritize your lessons and plan your year ahead
– Explorations in eurythmy to accompany and support your learning
– Curriculum indications for an environmental science block

This course is a unique opportunity for seventh and eighth grade teachers to combine a practical exploration into curriculum innovation with opportunities to prepare for your upcoming year.
Grade-specific resource materials will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.

This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education.

Gary Banks (Lead) currently teaches chemistry, biology, and other sciences, as well as music, at The Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor (MI), where is also the high school faculty chair. Among the middle school lessons Gary regularly teaches are the unique bicycle block and chemistry and environmental science main lessons. Gary is also on the faculty of the Waldorf Institute of Southeast Michigan and has been a presenter in the Teaching Sensible Science course and has taught in a number of other teacher training and Foundation Studies Courses since 2003. From 1993-2001, Gary took a class from first to eighth grade at the Denver Waldorf School (CO), then worked as a high school science teacher at High Mowing School (NH) and a class teacher at Pine Hill Waldorf School (NH) before moving to Michigan. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering and worked as a research engineer on the NASA Space Station project before entering teaching. Gary completed his MEd at Antioch New England Graduate School. He is passionate about science and has enjoyed developing the phenomenological approach to science in his courses for students and teachers; he is also an enthusiastic backpacker, gardener, singer, and musician.

Calisa Tucker (Seventh Grade Curriculum) is currently teaching grade seven at The Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor (MI). Calisa has been a class teacher at the school since 2002. Her first class, which she taught from second through eighth grade, completed their eighth grade year in 2010. Prior to becoming a Waldorf teacher, Calisa worked on an Organizational Learning and Lean Manufacturing internal consulting team for Ford Motor Company. Lessons learned in the automotive industry inspired her to seek out an education that nurtured systems thinking, creativity, and a love of learning. In 1999 during her Montessori teacher training, Calisa rediscovered Waldorf Education; after completing her Montessori training, she completed her Waldorf teacher education through what is now the Waldorf Institute of Southeast Michigan. Calisa also received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. She enjoys backpacking, traveling, and watching high school sporting competitions.

Dianne McGaunn (Eighth Grade Curriculum) is eighth grade math co-teacher, seventh grade math teacher, and a math mentor at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm (MA). Dianne has been teaching in Waldorf schools since 2004, first as a class teacher at the Waldorf School of Princeton and then taking a class from grades one through eight at Moraine Farm. Since graduating that class in 2015, Dianne, who has a particular interest in middle school work, has been teaching middle school math in different capacities in Waldorf and non-Waldorf schools, as well as mentoring teachers. She has participated in administrative and College work in Waldorf schools and, prior to becoming a Waldorf educator, had careers in public and private accounting and in the computer industry. Dianne holds a BBA in Accounting and Business from UMass Amherst, an MS in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University, and an MSEd from Sunbridge College. She enjoys yoga, gardening, and experimenting with technology and is dedicated to supporting teachers in their work and helping students find meaning and joy in learning.

Schedule
Sunday, July 16: Optional campus tour 5:30-6pm; Registration 6-7pm; First session runs from 7-9pm
Monday, July 17-Thursday, July 20: Classes begin each day by 8:30am and run through 5:30pm, with an hour for lunch and short breaks for morning and afternoon snacks.
Friday, July 21: Classes begin by 8:30am and end by 1pm.

Fee
$795 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee). Discounts may apply; see registration form for details.

Visit https://www.sunbridge.edu for further information.

Details

Start:
Sunday, July 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
End:
Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1858736137726848

Venue

Sunbridge Institute
285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
Phone:
845-425-0055

Details

Start:
Sunday, July 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
End:
Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1858736137726848

Venue

Sunbridge Institute
285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
Phone:
845-425-0055