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AWS Awareness 2012-02 AWS Awareness 2012-02

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Date added: 03/02/2012
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Dispelling the Myth Regarding Grades in Waldorf Schools... Yes, we give them!

...Grades students are taught in subject blocks that typically last about 4 weeks. During this time, students create lesson books on the subject being studied, whether Roman History, Acoustics, or Algebra. Because they don't carry around textbooks, they make their own; and it is an active, engaging process that engenders a sense of accomplishment at the end of each block. The block test is a good grading tool, then, because it assesses what the student retained from the entire four weeks. The block grade is comprised of an average of the lesson bookwork, the test, and classroom participation (including any required reports/projects)..."

History in 6th and 7th Grades

As part of their block on medieval history, middle school students in Ms. Powell’s class had to “live” out the history they were studying by participating in “The Squire’s Challenge.” In addition to the lesson work, students had to “contribute to the well-being and progress” of their class, the whole school, and their neighborhood, church, or community organization...

AWS Awareness 2011-04 AWS Awareness 2011-04

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Date added: 04/13/2011
Date modified: 05/20/2011
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Friday, April 8th, 2011

One teacher for eight years?! A Response to Concerns about Looping

A Nursery parent kindly commented the other day, “I really love the Waldorf philosophy and can see how it makes sense for my preschool child, but I’m worried about Waldorf elementary school because of the way the teachers loop through the grades...what if my child doesn’t like his teacher and is stuck with him for 8 long years?” As a former Kindergarten through 8th grade looping teacher, myself, I have much to say on the subject!

AWS Alumni receive top honors!

Congratulations to Janine Mwenja and Alex Kilpatrick on their recent honors! Both Jeanine and Alex were voted into the National Honor Society, and the Spanish National Honor Society. As part of their 11th grade curriculum at the Jefferson Cty Int’l Baccaleureate School, students take advantage of work-study opportunities. Janine has been contributing her talents and skills to the architectural projects at Giattina-Aycock.

Aws Awareness 2011-05 Aws Awareness 2011-05

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Date added: 05/20/2011
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May 20th, 2011

Personalities in the Classroom: Teaching the Eeyore’s, Tigger’s, Rabbit’s, and Pooh’s

A parent reminded me that I had not yet re-addressed the temperaments from the January 2011 Awareness, so let’s begin with how  to recognize them. Often, the archetypal characters in “Winnie the Pooh” are used as models. Pooh is phlegmatic with his calm demeanor and overall preoccupation with eating, comfort, and rest. Eeyor and Piglet represent the melancholic temperament with their “Everything is going wrong…again,” and “The sky is falling!” attitudes. Tigger is of the sanguine temperament--optimistic, fun, happy-go-lucky, and chatty! Rabbit is the choleric with his passionate leadership qualities, his fiery personality, and his proclivity toward anger.

Russian Language and Culture

On May 4th, AWS 4th graders traveled to the Jewish Community Center to visit ESL class for Russian immigrants. Russian Teacher Rita Meikson prepared a surprise presentation in honor of  Victory Day.

AWS Awareness 2011-11 AWS Awareness 2011-11

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Date added: 12/01/2011
Date modified: 12/01/2011
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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Why a Developmental Education Surpasses a Benchmark-Learning Education

"...Dispelling the myth that Waldorf students in the young primary grades are not taught to read is one of my favorite things to take on, ranking right up there with the differences between Waldorf and Montessori schools! It was, however, a real pleasure to have Dr. Ernest, a local professor of child psychology (UAB), and parent of AWS kindergartner Sam and first grader John, plead our case for a change!..."

Who is John Huckestein (aka Mr. Huck) and what does he have in common with our 2012 Gala?

"No, Mr. Huck hasn’t been here longer than Ms. Powell, but he is an AWS 15-year veteran, armed with a great sense of humor, and loved by all children who come under his watchful and loving care...And yes, he is the Guest of Honor at our 2012 gala appropriately named the April Fool's Day Fiesta! Save the date!..."

AWS Awareness 2012-01 AWS Awareness 2012-01

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Date added: 01/30/2012
Date modified: 01/30/2012
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January 27th, 2012

What it takes to be a Class Teacher in the Waldorf Grades

"A Waldorf teacher needs to value the development of wonder, gratitude, and responsibility. When subjects are brought to life in the class by the teacher via imagination and/or intuition, the student wants to explore learning, and this creates wonder. When topics and subjects are over-explained or taught to a test, the student’s desire for learning is thwarted. Reverence and wonder can easily arise out of the Waldorf curriculum..."

Alabama Waldorf School participates in Alabama Gives Day!

On February 2, 2012, our community will come together for Alabama Gives Day, and we need YOU to join us as our state makes history and our school raises money for, among other things, Waldorf teacher training!

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