Announcing the fifth (and final) session:
Gym & Developmental Movement Intensive Week
June 23 to June 30, 2019 at Aurora Waldorf School (Buffalo NY area)
The learning goal of this course is to enrich and enliven teaching approaches, starting with the insights of Rudolf Steiner a century ago and then linking these to more recent research and methods. The emphasis will be on activities for grades 1 to 4, but we will also experience how these transform for older classes.
We will examine the foundations of healthy development that occur through movement, and experience how these foundations can be joyfully built through ‘old time’ gym, schoolyard and backyard games once played by children all over the world. Thousands of such activities are to be found in books for gym teachers and recreation directors published between 1910 and 1950.
Each day will include five hours of movement and two hours of supporting pedagogical theory. Sessions will include techniques for identifying needs, planning lessons around individual or class problems, sensory integration, addressing specific academic/developmental goals. Following is an outline of the course content.
The 230-page course binder is a rich resource that documents hundreds of games and whole-class remedial exercises. Many participants continue to refer to the binder on a weekly basis for many years.
Games & Movement Categories:
Rough and Tumble Play… Wrestling Games… Development of Throwing & Catching…
Active/Exercise… Danger/Pursuit… Circle/Musical/Clapping… Party/Quiet/Blindfold… Enrichment Activities and Remedial Sequences…
A Lower-Grades Model for the Waldorf Circus:
Low- or No-Spotting Gymnastics Skills… Acrobatics… Zoo Exercises… Mat Agilities… Circus Skills… Apparatus & obstacle course… Tumbling Games
Workup Games for Sports
Baseball variations, Tennis, Volleyball, Aussie rules football ...and more
Pedagogical Lectures and Seminars
• A system of movement categories
• Fourfold human being; Twelve senses
• Hope, Love and Faith: applying Rudolf Steiner’s Pedagogical Law
• Comparative movement needs of boys and girls
• Postural control in the light of Anthroposophy
• Sixteen keys to developmental movement needs; Learning challenges & mainstream labels
• Developing/promoting a movement program - and how to communicate your goals
Sidebar topics: Competition; Teasing; the Olympics model; Comparative movement needs of boys and girls
Remedial & Artistic Activities
Including shaded drawing and painting handwriting
Sample comments from participants in previous sessions...
"Learning and sharing such a positive experience with all of you has left such an inspiring imprint that will propel me forward with much more confidence about the Waldorf approach to games and remedial integration! Each one of you contributed to our learning and I am grateful for our meeting." -- T.R.J.
"Working with Jeff gave me the best tools to look at my students's needs as shown in their movement. As a eurythmy teacher I don't regularly use the games he taught us, but I can transform them for my practice. Jeff's approach is an indispensable basis for any teacher using movement as a healthy path for learning." -- L.B.S.
“I am so grateful for having taken your course. I enjoyed learning the games and the experience of the movement. I experienced a healthy, deep, balanced tiredness from doing your sequence of activities. I could also see that the students in the demonstration classes were experiencing this as well...” -- L.N.
“During our week of training with Jeff Tunkey we played over 200 games; as a kinaesthetic learner this helped me to remember many if not all of the great activities brought to us. The written resources that Jeff provided us with are very comprehensive and well organized and they now serve as the basis for my teaching movement to children from Grades 1-5. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to have greater understanding and repertoire of games to play with children.” -- M.N.
"Always the one to try to escape P.E. classes in my youth, I never expected to find so much joy participating in a full week of intense games. This was truly hands-on learning at its best, with a devoted, inspiring teacher. Jeff was full of encouragement, wisdom, and practical tips. Multiple chances to see AWS children benefiting from Jeff's incredible program were a highlight of the week. There was a special session on starting a physical education program from scratch, essential for those of us at start-up schools--what equipment to order, pitfalls to avoid, how to cope with minimal staff, less than ideal gym space, etc. The intensive improved many aspects of my teaching, and my students love the games. I traveled home with a weighty, impressively cross-referenced binder filled with hundreds of ready-to-use indoor and outdoor games and a broad, generous inventory of remedial/healing class activities. We learned a great deal from each of our fellow participants, as well, and each of us felt valued, regardless of our ages and physical skill levels. Each day was a well-balanced blend of theory and practice, and we were able to try playing an astonishing number of games ourselves. Bring water shoes for wading in the beautiful creek!" -- D.F.
Who should attend
This course is designed for experienced and new teachers in Waldorf charter or private schools, or homeschool groups:
A note from Jeff Tunkey, organizer and lead teacher of this course
I invite you to join me for this week-long deepening of movement pedagogy. I think it will strengthen your repertoire, and your ability to communicate the vital importance of your movement work.
Since 1994, I have been teaching both Physical Education and Extra Lesson at Aurora Waldorf School. I’ve taught teacher groups through the Association for a Healing Education, the Heart Program in Toronto, and at other Waldorf and public schools. Additional background:
• Past Educational Support Team Coordinator, Faculty Chair and Board President
• Graduate of the Spacial Dynamics five-year Inservice Training
This session will be
the last one I'll offer
Teaching this course the past four times has been one of the personal highlights and joys of my teaching career. However, I've begun to phase into "more retired than not", and completing the organizing/teaching of this course one last time will be another step in the process.
About the previous sessions
To date, four very lively groups have convened at Aurora Waldorf School to participate in what they often referred to as “games boot camp” - every day beginning with 90 minutes of classroom study followed by four 90-minute periods of experiential learning. Attendee backgrounds have ranged from just-beginning teachers to pedagogical leaders with many years of experience.
Schools of past participants
Manila Waldorf School
AB Calgary Waldorf School
BC Cedar Bridge School
BC Saltwater School
ON Everlasting Tree School
ON Halton Waldorf
ON Mulberry Waldorf
ON Toronto Waldorf
ON Trillium Waldorf
AK Birchtree Charter School
CA Santa Cruz Waldorf
CA Pasadena Waldorf School
CA Woodland Charter School
CO Juniper Ridge Community School
CO Mountain Phoenix Community School
CO Mountain Sage Community School
FL Sea Star
HI Haleakala Waldorf
HI Kona Pacific Charter School
ID Sandpoint Waldorf
IL Chicago Waldorf
KY Waldorf School of Louisville
MA Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School
MA Hartsbrook Waldorf
MA Oxbow Schoolhouse
MA Waldorf School, Lexington
MD Waldorf School of Baltimore
ME Merriconeag Waldorf School
MI Detroit Waldorf School
MI Oakland Steiner
MI Steiner School, Ann Arbor
MN Spirit of the Lake Community School
NC Emerson Waldorf
NH White Mountain Waldorf
NJ Princeton Waldorf
NY Aurora Waldorf
NY Brooklyn Waldorf School
NY Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School
NY Waldorf School of Garden City
OH Cincinnati Waldorf
OR Corvallis Waldorf
PA Circle of Seasons Charter School
PA Waldorf School of Philadelphia
TX Great Oak School
UT Wasatch Waldorf Charter School
About Aurora Waldorf School
AWS has been gracious enough to sanction our use of their wonderful facility for this event. Located in historic East Aurora, 30 minutes from downtown Buffalo, AWS has a gym and auditorium, 13 acres of grounds and playing fields, and adjoins a wooded park.