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Teaching Science in the Middle School: An Experiential Exploration into the Waldorf Grades 6-8 Science Curriculum

Sunday, July 5, 2015 - Friday, July 10, 2015

A professional development course for middle school class and science teachers

What do middle school educators need to know to teach the grades 6-8 science curriculum? How can you go about teaching science lessons in a phenomenological way—and how can this approach help to develop new capacities of thinking in your students?

Designed for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade class teachers and science teachers, as well as homeschooling parents working with a Waldorf middle school curriculum, this practical course will help you uncover and transform your own habits of thinking and assist you in a myriad of ways as you approach and prepare for your lessons in the coming year. Through presentations, discussions, and demonstrations, you will

  • Address important themes in middle school science, including topics in physics, chemistry, and human anatomy
  • Learn how the Waldorf science curriculum supports the developing adolescent
  • Discover how phenomenological-based science can enhance all of your teaching, in and out of the sciences

 

Your course work in the sciences will be enhanced by eurythmy and drawing.

Gary Banks currently teaches chemistry and math and is faculty chair of the high school at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor (MI) where he has also taught biology and other science blocks and teaches middle school lessons such as Bicycle Physics. Gary is also on the faculty of the Waldorf Institute of Southeast Michigan and has been a presenter in the popular Teaching Sensible Science course 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 a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering (worked as a research engineer on the NASA Space Station project before entering teaching) and completed his MEd at Antioch New England. Gary is passionate about science and has enjoyed developing the phenomenological approach to science in his courses; he is also an enthusiastic backpacker, singer, and musician.

Course Schedule
Sunday:
 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

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.

Course Fee
$750 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Registration: Click here to register.

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.

Details

Start:
Sunday, July 5, 2015
End:
Friday, July 10, 2015
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Details

Start:
Sunday, July 5, 2015
End:
Friday, July 10, 2015
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