A movement program that is solidly based on the developmental needs of children can have many school-wide benefits. These include...
In seating a student behind a desk, we as teachers and parents are anticipating that the child is physiologically ready, or soon will become ready, for the year’s tasks. But realistically, every child will struggle with some aspect of the academic environment: it might be a challenge to sit in balance, or to listen quietly, or to muster the fine motor skills for writing. Thus, we must remember that through movement, every child can be helped in some way to reach his or her full potential.
From early childhood through high school, experience has shown that classes of students who are provided with appropriate daily movement activities are able to move ahead more solidly. Benefits of these activities include:
Online Forum for
The Waldorf Movement Forum is an online place to share questions and answers, and build bridges between Waldorf movement, class and remedial teachers. —> Take a look
Two new book pdfs for arithmetic support and teaching
The Waldorf Approach to Arithmetic (von Baravalle) and Diagnosis and Remedial Teaching in Arithmetic (Schonell). The former provides a valuable perspective on meanings and methods; the latter gives a step-by-step guide to locating roadblocks to progress in math. "Nowhere is the need so urgent as in arithmetic with its countless steps, varied material and its numerous difficulties."
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"Buck" - a movie recommendation
An amazing example of teaching with respect and compassion
I strongly recommend this film to all teachers, and especially as one that deserves time in a faculty meeting study. It provides invaluable reminders of how to teach with respect and compassion; how to uphold the maxim that for every step forward with pedagogy one must take two steps forward with personal development.
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Educational Support forms
One of the challenges faced by Educational Support Teams, and remedial teachers in general, is maintaining an informative and objective record of observations, recommendations, permissions and goals. The files provided here show the progression of communication used at Aurora Waldorf; they are offered as just one possible example of ways to build and strengthen communications within the faculty, and between the school and parents of students needing support. At AWS, this progression of forms is stored in a separate EST file cabinet, not in the main student records.
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Remedial Programs – Practical and Ethical Considerations
The basis for a school-wide, all-students approach to learning foundations
by Jeff Tunkey and Amanda Boyler
The purpose of this article is to describe—and advocate for—a comprehensive spectrum of whole-class programs and individual support services. To begin, let us look at two practical aspects of Waldorf education that by their nature will lead us to focus on related ethical considerations; by keeping these two issues in focus, we can gain additional strengths for our Michaelic educational journey.
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Making a paper "sailboat"
This video shows the paper folding instructions for a whole-class remedial activity known as "Sailboat Race." It provides fine motor development (the folding part); training of executive function (waiting to be told what the construction will be); an aid for breathing (you'll see!); and myelination of the brain.
5th Grade Olympiad Information Packet
Aurora Waldorf hosts the regional Waldorf pentathlon for chools in western New York and southern Ontario. Here is a sample of the information packet we send out each year; it includes notes on competition and judging, odes, tunic designs, registration forms, etc.
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The “Thinker” Pyramid
Here’s a nice and unusual acrobatic stunt I got from the Ithaca Waldorf circus. The bottom base gets on hands and knees. Others, from heaviest to lightest at top, assume the Thinker statue posture.