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AWS Awareness - May 2013 AWS Awareness - May 2013

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The Adaptibility of AWS by Lisa Grupe, Ph.D.

What does AWS have in common with bacteria? Adaptability! Bacteria continue to proliferate, adapt and morph even in the face of modern medicine. They are amazing microorganisms, adapting to almost any threat and emerging stronger as a result. In its almost 30 year history, AWS has met many challenges and, as a result, it has become more streamlined, more nimble, and more efficient. 

 

Waldorf Olympics 2013 by AWS Parent, Dave Hall

Dave Hall participated in the 5th graders' 2013 Southeastern Waldorf Olympics as a chaperone. In this excerpt from his blog post he writes about how the experience went beyond his expectations

"...What I didn’t know was how drawn in I would become, how in two short days I would come to care for and take a special interest in kids I’ll probably never see again, or how vital I would come to see this experience and how awesome it is I have a wife who’d be so insistent that this is the way our children would be educated."

AWS Awareness - Nov 2012 AWS Awareness - Nov 2012

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The Role of Homework in Waldorf Schools - Rudolf Steiner's view on homework went something like this: "You can give students homework, but it won't do any good -- it is not a learning experience." Daily homework at Waldorf schools does not start until the students are developmentally ready for it. Giving students regular homework when they are 7, 8, or 9 years old is (as parents of children these ages can attest) really just giving homework to the parents! At Alabama Waldorf School, daily homework begins in earnest in Grade 6, but the build-up is gradual...

 

Roman History in Grade 6"One of the reasons that I think the sixth graders find Rome so appealing is that Rome was very adolescent in nature. Strong emotions often motivate the strong personalities in Roman history. Remus was jealous of his brother who was taking control of their new city. Romulus killed him in a rage after Remus’ jealous taunting. Much later, Hasdrubal holds such a grudge against the Romans that he makes his young son, Hannibal, promise to never be a friend to Rome. In addition to their strong emotions, the Romans had high ideals (also much like the sixth graders), such as courage, loyalty, and honor, which were worth more than life..." 

 

 

AWS Awareness - Nov 2013 AWS Awareness - Nov 2013

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November 2013

 

Why Cursive Counts by AWS Administrator, Lisa Grupe, Ph.D.

 

Last month, I was subbing for the Spanish teacher in the combined 4th and 5th grade class. Unable to teach immersion-style as Waldorf foreign language teachers do, I decided to have the students write letters to Señor Spezzini about the things they liked and disliked: “Me gusta ______. No me gusta _________.”  Before they started writing they asked me, (or, shall I say, they whined to me), “Do we have to write in cursive?” A teachable moment was upon me. “Of course!” I said. “Cursive helps you to keep your thought processes going because the letters are joined just like your thoughts are!”

 

 

AWS Brand Receives Timely TLC, including new mission and vision statements

 

The mission of Alabama Waldorf School is to cultivate healthy, confident, compassionate learners who excel academically, socially, and civically.

The vision of Alabama Waldorf School is to be a beacon for the Birmingham community, offering a vibrant future grounded in an engaged, compassionate, and insightful understanding of the world.

AWS Awareness - Oct 2013 AWS Awareness - Oct 2013

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October 2013

Technology as Teacher - by AWS Administrator, Lisa Grupe, Ph.D.

“They don’t have textbooks this year; everyone gets an ipad,” said my friend at lunch last week speaking about her 6th grade son’s current public school experience. “They do all their work on it. In a way, it’s great, but he already has a hard time reading handwriting…what if this moves towards non paper and pencil completely eliminates that ability?” A good question, but to take a step back and look at the whole picture, we need to be asking, What is the impact of this technology on learning?  

Physiology and Anatomy in Grades 7/8 - by Lynda Powell

Both classes began their introduction to the study of the living human body and its complex systems last year. We will continue physiology through the study of the excretory system and the lymph system. In anatomy, the class studies the muscular and skeletal systems as the framework for the human body. The block seeks to balance solid, fundamental scientific understanding with an appreciation for the artistry of form and movement within the body of man.

 

 

 

AWS Awareness - Sept/Oct 2012 AWS Awareness - Sept/Oct 2012

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Administrator Ad Lib by Lisa Grupe, Ph.D.

This time of year in the life of a school is one of many “firsts.” Certainly, we welcome First Graders into the Elementary program; we also welcome new students into many of the other grades... Personally, it is a favorite time for me. I reflect back on my own Waldorf journey which began a dozen years ago when I started the journey through the grades with my own four-person First Grade class with our “Rose Ceremony” in the Auditorium. This summer I had the opportunity to sit with one of those four students -- now, unbelievably, 17 years old! -- at a college recruiting fair, Colleges That Change Lives. While college may seem a long way off for many of you, some research was shared at this fair that seems relevant to all of you...

Economics in the 6th Grade by Class Teacher, Melissa Downs

With the money-based economy, we looked specifically at the development of businesses, banking, and paper money. Using an imaginary candy factory, we looked at the flow of materials and money through businesses.

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