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AWS Awareness - March 2014 AWS Awareness - March 2014

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Date added: 03/04/2014
Date modified: 03/04/2014
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How to Be a Child’s Frontal Lobe, or, Creating a Resilient Child by Opal South, AWS Marketing Director

 

Last weekend Alabama Waldorf School hosted author and educator Kim John Payne for a Friday night lecture and Saturday workshop. A few dozen people, mostly teachers and parents, attended the events, centered around the theme, “Raising a Socially Resilient Child: Breaking the Cycle of Reactivity, Exclusion and Bullying.” For me, the events served as both reminder and inspiration: a reminder for why I believe Waldorf is a key component in raising a healthy family, and inspiration for getting back on the bandwagon, turning away from the screens and back toward routine, rhythm, and play. And not just for the kids, but for the parents, as well...

 

 

Capital Campaign News

 

If you haven’t yet heard the good news, here it is: Alabama Waldorf School’s moving! Because our current location will be razed in 2017, AWS has been on the lookout for a new site the past several years. Earlier this year, on January 6th, we signed a contract for the property at 5901 Crestwood Boulevard - the former Crestwood Christian Church. 

 

 

 

AWS Awareness - Dec 2013 AWS Awareness - Dec 2013

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Date added: 11/26/2013
Date modified: 11/26/2013
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Bullying: What it is, What it isn’t, and How Social Inclusion Can Help 

 

It seems like the topic of bullying is coming up in more than just school offices and classrooms: sports headlines have revealed the issue surfacing in NFL locker rooms, and while flipping through a magazine the other day I saw that an ad for Secret deodorant was promoting a call for anti-bullying alongside their antiperspirant...

 

 

#Giving Tuesday Initiative to Kickstart Capital Campaign

 

... #Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for you to make a charity the target of your philanthropic giving this holiday season. We hope the charity of your choice is AWS because we are beginning to raise money for a new permanent site! 

 

6th Grade Optics and 7th/8th Grade Math

 

 

 

 

AWS Awareness - Nov 2013 AWS Awareness - Nov 2013

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Date added: 10/29/2013
Date modified: 10/29/2013
Filesize: 2.98 MB
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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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Date added: 10/01/2013
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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 - July 2013 AWS Awareness - July 2013

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Date added: 07/15/2013
Date modified: 07/18/2013
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What does an Age-Appropriate Curriculum REALLY mean?  by AWS Administrator, Lisa Grupe, Ph.D.

One hundred years ago when Rudolf Steiner founded the first Waldorf school, he created an academic curriculum based around milestones in child development. This past April, AWS Administrator Lisa Grupe, Ph.D. led a discussion about how the Waldorf teaching method incorporates principles of child development and important rites of passage in the classroom each year...

 

6th Grade History, by AWS teacher Melissa Downs

“The changes that the students experienced this year were well-met by the sixth grade curriculum, which did an excellent job of anchoring the students in the world. We focused on Ancient Rome and the Middle Ages – time periods in which humans became much more grounded in the realities of earth and more separated from the spiritual world of the gods. Though the Romans worshipped their gods and could be very superstitious, they were more firmly anchored to the material world than the Greeks that we studied in fifth grade..." 

 

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