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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 2011-04 AWS Awareness 2011-04

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Date added: 04/13/2011
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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.

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Date added: 03/11/2011
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Friday, March 11th, 2011

Movement Education

Last weekend at the Jaimen McMillan Workshops, I learned a lot more about WHY our approach to physical education is different. So it’s in this month’s Admin Adlib that I’d like to share some of what Jaimen brought during this incredibly insightful and useful conference on Movement Education

Pentathalon

The annual Waldorf Pentathlon is an honored rite of passage for Waldorf 5th graders. As with all Waldorf curriculum, the pentathlon teaches to the developmental stage, celebrating the student’s “golden year,” the time when they are searching for form and meaning in how things work–the mechanics–and finding it in the formula of learning and applying these pentathlon events. They are taught the exact sequence of movements to, for example, throw a javelin and when the javelin flies as expected, the student sees her formula realized.

AWS Awareness 2011-02 AWS Awareness 2011-02

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Monday, February 14th, 2011

Synaptic Pruning

What is synaptic pruning? Why does it matter? As usual, this month’s “Ad Lib” comes from a stimulating conversation I had with a prospective parent. She ..

Summer Camp

Wondering what the kids will do this summer without the reliable, rhythmic AWS day? Look no further than your own school hallway! With camps being offered for both preschool and grades students, your kids can enjoy summer on AWS playgrounds and in the classrooms!

AWS Awareness 2011-01 AWS Awareness 2011-01

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Date added: 02/12/2011
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Friday, January 7th, 2011

HOLIDAY FAIRE 2011…

Thanks to all of you... for making this Holiday Faire one of the most beautifully decorated ever! Vendors’ goods were perfect for Christmas shopping, the bake sale and lunch buffet were delectable nourishment for body and soul, and the music was entertaining.

Learning Parts of Speech in 3rd Grade,
from Ms. Lucas

Using characters, like the one pictured above, engages otherwise reluctant students into lessons about grammar and parts of speech. Ms. Lucas told her students stories about King Noun the Namer, whose job it was to name things in his kingdom. His wife, Queen Adjective, was responsible for describing the things King Noun named.  The energetic Sir Verb is always doing things, running or walking from one activity to the next.

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