CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY – AUDIT OUR FALL COURSE!
September 9 @ 6:00 pm - November 11 @ 8:00 pm
Veteran teacher or life-long learner, Great Lakes Waldorf Institute offers the following opportunity to grow and develop!
Audit our fall course:
Instructional Strategies: Teaching Geography in Waldorf Schools (includes the weekend retreat) as a special student through Mount Mary University.
- Distance Learning (online) – Monday, September 9 – Monday, November 11, 2019
- Weekend Retreat (in-person) – Thursday, October 24 (4:30 pm) – October 27 (11:30 am)
There are no Great Lakes Waldorf Institute or Mount Mary University requirements to audit this course for professional development/continuing education only.
STILL TIME TO REGISTER!
Mondays, September 9 – November 11, 2019
For those wishful to deepen their work beyond the weekend retreat, the online portion of the course begins Monday, September 9th. Monday evening Zoom meetings will include discussions and activities for the Anthroposophic and mainstream study materials, deepening and supporting the effective use of instructional strategies and child study in Early Childhood through Grade 8. Christof Wiechert’s Solving the Riddle of the Child: the Art of the Child Study and Teaching with the Brain in Mind (2nd edition), by Erik Jensen are required books for the full course. In addition, Early Childhood students will work with The First Seven Years – Physiology of Childhood by Edmond Schoorel and The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning by Sally Goddard Blythe. The latter book is highly recommended reading for all students.
- For more information contact: Sandra Martin (414) 299-3820 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- To REGISTER for the fall course contact: Deb Dosemagen (414) 930-3160 | email@example.com
Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 4:30 pm – Sunday, October 27, 2019 – 11:30 am
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.