Announcing the second session:
Gym & Developmental Movement Intensive Week
June 29 to July 6, 2014 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.
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
• 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
<< Jeff Tunkey, the 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
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.
with mail-in registration.
(The form is on the third page of the pdf file.)
or request emailable form
(Word or Pages doc)
About the first session
in June 2013
From June 23rd to 30th, a very lively group convened at Aurora Waldorf School to participate in what they began to call “games boot camp” - every day beginning with 90 minutes of classroom study followed by four 90-minute periods of experiential learning. Attendees included movement teachers, class teachers, remedial teachers - from public and private Waldorf schools. There were 3 from Hawaii, 1 each from Alaska, Florida, British Columbia, Maine... and others from many points in between. Backgrounds ranged from just-beginning teachers to pedagogical leaders with many years of experience.
Comments from participants in the summer 2013 intensive...
"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. (references on request)
“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...”
“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.”
"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!"