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Instructional Strategies: Teaching Geography in the Waldorf School Weekend Retreat
October 24 @ 4:30 pm - October 27 @ 12:00 pm$300
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY –
Veteran teacher or life-long learner, participate in our Fall Weekend Retreat – Instructional Strategies: Teaching Geography in Waldorf Schools
with Michael Imes, MFA
Thursday, October 24, 2019 (4:30 pm start at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Community Center/Gym)
Friday-Saturday, October 25-26,2019 (8:30 am-8:30 pm at Mount Mary University, Notre Dame Hall room 246)
Sunday, October 25-27, 2019 (8:30-12:00 pm at Mount Mary University)
$300 – Includes all materials, light breakfast each morning and two community suppers (Thursday & Friday)
In Lecture Eleven of Practical Advice to Teachers, Rudolf Steiner talks about teaching Geography, and he makes this bold statement: “What I have just shown you about the way to deal with geography teaching is an excellent example from which you can gain a proper picture of how everything should in fact be done.”
From one point of view, you could say the study of geography is the heart of the Waldorf curriculum—the discipline that connects and enlivens much of the rest of the subjects. History, science and literature, to name but three examples, are all rooted in place. And place is what geography is all about. In Teaching Geography, Roy Wilkinson expounds, “Of all subjects, geography perhaps lends itself best to awakening a feeling of social responsibility. By social responsibility, we mean the awareness of, and consideration for, other people and other modes of life.”
Through the lens of “instructional strategies,” the weekend retreat will explore various approaches to presenting the four-fold aspect of this subject- physical geography, cultural geography (social studies), inner geography (the way children perceive their surroundings and the whole world), and body geography (awareness of one’s own body in space), discovering how geography can be integrated into early childhood and grades curricula as well as other disciplines. Although there are a number of strategies that awaken awareness of individual, social, and physical geography, the focus will be on memory, synergy, cooperation, collaboration, and direct instruction. Practice with these methods will build awareness for the different ways one can approach the teaching of any subject, providing valuable tools for the teacher’s toolbox.
In addition to presentations and conversations on the theme, the evening and weekend event will incorporate hands-on experiences with map making, artistic activities, circle work, and other individual and group geography activities for the classroom.
Michael Imes – Grades & Arts Curriculum Coordinator
Michael Imes was the Director of the Great Lakes teacher development program from its inception in 2001 to 2011, and continues to be the lead instructor for the pedagogical and artistic courses. Michael received his MFA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He also has a BA from Iowa Wesleyan College and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the UW-Milwaukee through the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. Michael was a class teacher at Prairie Hill Waldorf School for 12 years, and has been teaching ceramics at Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin since 1988.