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AWS Awareness 2011-01 AWS Awareness 2011-01

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Date added: 02/12/2011
Date modified: 02/17/2011
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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.

AWS Awareness 2012-05 AWS Awareness 2012-05

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Date added: 05/22/2012
Date modified: 02/24/2014
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May 2012

Anthroposophy: It's not just a Tongue Twister -- Anthro…what? Anth-ro-POS-ophy. I like to think of it as a combination of anthropology and philosophy—the study of mankind. And why do you care? Because it’s the philosophical basis for Waldorf education. In a nutshell, it’s what makes us different. And that means it’s at least partially why you chose AWS for your child's schooling and why your child’s teacher chooses AWS as a place to work...

Jaimen McMillan Visits AWS!  ...His (Jaimen's) lecture focused around the idea that we don’t need to ban digital media, as much as we need to be educated about it, especially before exposing a child to it. So, how can you prepare a child for exposure to virtual reality? How can you strengthen them so that they are not taken in by what they are watching?...

AWS Awareness 2011-10 AWS Awareness 2011-10

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Date added: 10/26/2011
Date modified: 10/26/2011
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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

The Timeless Quality of Waldorf Education

"When I speak to people about the wisdom of Waldorf education, I am struck by its timelessness. I often say that things are different here at the Waldorf school because we know what we are doing, the curriculum is set and was built around the development of the healthy child, and it’s been practiced and honed to a fine art over 92 years."

Eurythmy

"For three weeks in November, AWS will, for the fifth consecutive year, host a student of the American Eurythmy School in California. Student Karen Robertson is completing her practicum for Euruythmy Certification here, which means that AWS students will get to experience this unique Waldorf art form!"

AWS Awareness 2012-02 AWS Awareness 2012-02

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Date added: 03/02/2012
Date modified: 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 2011-05 Aws Awareness 2011-05

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Date added: 05/20/2011
Date modified: 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.

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