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									Coming next summer: Gym & Developmental Movement Intensive

                                                                                                              A resource for teachers and parents who want
                                                                                                              to provide a path to healthy development
                                                                                                              through age-appropriate movement activities...
                                                                                                              inspired by Waldorf Education

                                                   Seminars and Workshops for Waldorf School Groups

                                On strengthening capacities                                        the currents of the earth, to nourish the twelve senses, to
                                                                                                   help regulate breathing, to strengthen balance, and so on.
                                for the whole class                                                      These activities should be standard practices in our
                                   To stand in front of students, parents and colleagues as a
                                                                                                   classrooms–and not just for a few children–because they
                                Waldorf educator is to take on a responsibility for a never-
                                                                                                   strengthen every child. By weaving into the life of the
                                finished journey of research, professional development,
                                                                                                   school, an understanding of these foundations and a shared
                                and–especially–self-development. For newer teachers, the
                                                                                                   palette of capacity-strengthening lessons, we can experience
                                goal of penetrating the basis of Rudolf Steiner’s pedagogy
                                                                                                   an enrichment of the educational journey of all the children
                                can only seem formidable, at best. In “The Spiritual Ground
                                                                                                   who come to us.
                                of Education”, Steiner stated the following:
                                   “Each child in every age brings something new into the          Strengthening Capacities for the Whole Class
                                world from divine regions, and it is our task as educators to      How to create/promote and support a school-wide reper-
                                remove bodily and psychical obstacles out of its way; to           toire of whole-class remedial work
                                remove hindrances so that his spirit may enter in full                Event Type: Seminar
                                freedom into life. ... If we realize the full import of this we       Audience: Teachers
                                shall say to ourselves: the main task of the teacher or educa-        Time: 3 hours
                                tor is to bring up the body to be as healthy as it possibly can    Certain exercises and activities based in The Extra Lesson
                                be; this means, to use every spiritual measure to ensure that      are highly recommended as part of a primary grades
                                in later life a man's body shall give the least possible hin-      teacher’s repertoire of ways to help every child be ready to
                                drance to the will of his spirit. If we make this our purpose      do his or her best, every day. Experience has shown that stu-
                                in school we can develop the powers which lead to an edu-          dents who receive these activities are able to move ahead
                                cation for freedom.”                                               more solidly. Benefits of these exercises – if done regularly
                                       Thus, helping children accomplish the developmental         and with the indicated rhythm – include:
                                stages of growth is fundamental to our curriculum, and we          • Foundations for literacy - developmental capacities for all
                                know that curriculum subjects are taught when the neurolog-        aspects of language.
                                ical and inner life of the child can meet the task at hand. To     • Foundations for numeracy - the math/logical and spatial
                                reach this ideal however, all children (including those who        intelligences in motion.
                                are thriving in basic academics) need environments and             • Readiness for deskwork - enhancing focus and attention.
                                activities that allow them to grow in a healthy way,               Setting the stage for harmonious receptivity to new material.
                                strengthen capacities, and become confident in a variety of        • Bodily/kinesthetic and spatial integration.
                                tasks. When they have developed through the basic stages of        • Strengthening the will.
                                growth and have healthy organic processes, then they are           Participants in this workshop will be helped to map out a
                                more able to fulfill the tasks on their life’s journey and begin   strategy for their school.
                                to recognize the gifts of others.                                  For additional information, see classroom.pdf
                                       Fortunately when we delve into the educational writ-
                                                                                                   A Scaffold for Waldorf Teaching
                                ings of Dr. Steiner, we find many practical suggestions to
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                                                                                                   How to create/promote and support a school-wide under-
                                inspire us as teachers. And in the decades since his time, a
                                                                                                   standing of whole-class strengthening work
                                number of innovative educators–including Audrey McAllen,
                                                                                                      Event Type: Seminar/workshop
                                the founder of the Extra Lesson– have also developed move-
                                                                                                      Audience: Teachers; Pedagogical Chairs; Administrators
                                ment, drawing and painting exercises consistent with his
                                                                                                      Time: 9 hours; follow-on telephone consultation available
                                indications. From these sources, we can find a repertoire of
                                                                                                   In this seminar/workshop I will review with participants the
                                exercises designed, for instance, to promote alignment with
                                                                                                   twelve-session course of guided group research completed

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                                                               by two cycles of teachers at my school; this work greatly
   Course Outline:                                             strengthened the sharing of “core values” that every teacher
   A Scaffold for Waldorf Teaching                             might aspire to study and incorporate. The goal is to fully
   The following is an outline of some of the core con-        prepare participants to become leaders of a similar study
   cepts that every Waldorf teacher might aspire to study      course at their own schools. Participants will receive a
   and incorporate; at best, it represents a “first page” of   month-by-month study leader’s guide and a bound set of
   topics for study and contemplation.                         recommended reading materials. (See course outline at
   A. Rudolf Steiner’s description of the human being          left.)
        Fourfold man – physical, etheric, astral, ego;
          supersensible bodies
        Threefold man – thinking, feeling and willing          Seminars of General Interest
        Faith, love and hope                                   Faith, Love and Hope:
        Four temperaments                                      A Deeper Look at the Pedagogical Law
        Six constitutional types                                  Event Type: Lecture and discussion
        Twelve senses                                             Audience: Teachers, Board, Administration
        Spiritual psychology: anchoring the ego, etheric          Time: 2-3 hours
          and astral bodies                                    We will begin with a brief review of three of Rudolf
        Spatial man and the upper and lower triangles          Steiner’s fundamental topics that can be of such great help
        Lucifer & Ahriman; man as the working of the           to us as teachers, or really, in any dealings with other
          product of balance; left and right brain             people in any walk of life. Firstly, the human as a fourfold
        Reincarnation                                          being; secondly, Rudolf Steiner’s “Pedagogical Law” that
        Karma                                                  can and should guide us as teachers or adults in working
        Chakras                                                with this fourfold architecture. And thirdly, Steiner’s
        Currents of the earth                                  description of the twelve human senses. Then we will add
        Structural Physical Body and Constitutional            two ‘hidden gems’ to our studies – two seemingly non-ped-
          Physical Body                                        agogical lectures by Steiner. By this, I mean to say that
   B. Rudolf Steiner’s pedagogical indications - general       these lectures are not in the traditional canon for teacher
        Rhythm and breathing: the teacher’s primary task       trainings or faculty meeting studies, as are books like Study
        Imitation and authority                                of Man or Balance in Teaching. Yet, they can be a powerful
        Teaching from the whole to the part                    lens on our true work as teachers or co-workers in a
        Evolution of consciousness - in societies              Waldorf School.
        Evolution of consciousness - from birth to old age;
          picture thinking; intellectualizing; media           Faith, Love and Hope in
        Preparation and lesson planning                        School Administration and Planning
        The Pedagogical Law                                       Event Type: Lecture and discussion
        Meditation                                                Audience: Teachers, Board, Administration
        Goethean observation                                      Time: 2-3 hours
        Laterality; man and the currents of the Earth          On January 4, 1917, Rudolf Steiner provided the basis for a
   C. Developmental aspects and other sources                  true psychology of the individual, during which he stated
        Dealing with parents: the gifts of fear, shame and     the following: “The nature of man is complicated, and very
          anger                                                much of what actually goes on within the human being
        Multiple intelligences                                 remains more or less beneath the threshold of conscious-
        Six developmental keys according to “Take Time”        ness, merely sending its effects up into consciousness. True
        Development according to Dutch Waldorf Schools         self-knowledge cannot be won without first obtaining
        The polarities of hysteria and epilepsy; kleptoma-     insight into the working of the sub-consciousness weaving
          nia                                                  below the surface in the impulses of soul. These, it could be
        Birth order                                            said, move in the depths of the ocean of consciousness and
        The organs as mirror of the cosmos                     come to the surface only in the wake of the waves they

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   In this workshop, we will work to see how Rudolf                the picture of twelve human senses can give us fresh insights
Steiner‘s indications for an individual psychology might           into the task of nurturing healthy childhood development in
also be applied to the inner workings of a school; his             the classroom and at home. For additional information, see
description of the fourfold human being can be extended to         12senses.pdf and strengthening.pdf
become a guide to the process of school leadership.
                                                                   Ten Best Ways to Make Parenting Harder
The Waldorf School as a Learning Community                            Event Type: Lecture and discussion
   Event Type: Lecture and discussion                                 Audience: Teachers, Parents, Administration
   Audience: Teachers, Board, Administration                          Time: 2-3 hours
   Time: 2 hours                                                   Parenthood is a stage that can seem to last forever… until
Because we want our students to become life-long learners,         the child grows up and moves away! Drawing on his experi-
we must model this in our school environment. Therefore, it        ence as a triathlete and a father of four, the speaker will
should be possible for every adult connected to the school         present the ten best ways to be able to look back and say: “I
(not only teachers, but also parents, staff and board              didn’t take the easy way!”
members) to continue learning as part of their journey with
                                                                   Working with the Dimensions of Intelligence
the school. speaking with commitment and building a
                                                                      Event Type: Lecture and discussion
vocabulary for breakthrough results. The article titled
                                                                      Audience: Teachers, Board, Administration
Quality Development refers many times to the phrase “self-
                                                                      Time: 2-3 hours
stated aims”; creating these aims will require a new con-
                                                                   Every child – every human being – possesses far more than
sciousness about how we speak in and outside of meetings.
                                                                   one form of intelligence. In addition to the mental capacities
Rudolf Steiner provided indications for what can happen
                                                                   measured by desk-bound SAT’s or state tests, a more com-
when our speech culture lacks postural control, condones
                                                                   plete list could include the Interpersonal Intelligence that
expressions of unregulated feelings, or spills into thinking
                                                                   guides great leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, the Spatial
too far outside the box. Griping, gossiping and passively
                                                                   Intelligence that allowed Einstein to picture in his head the
holding back are some of the more extreme forms of uncom-
                                                                   workings of the universe, the Musical Intelligence that
mitted speech. The path to committed speech can include
                                                                   Mozart exhibited even as a young child... and other forms as
sharing biographies, exploring mutual values, finding points
                                                                   well. This lecture will begin with an overview of Multiple
of alignment.
                                                                   Intelligences theory. Then, the speaker will explore ways
Exploring the Twelve Senses                                        that parents and teachers can come to a clearer, livelier
   Event Type: Lecture and discussion                              picture of a child’s potentials, and nurture a rounded, bal-
   Audience: Teachers, Parents, Administration                     anced development. For additional information, see multi-
   Time: 2-3 hours                                                 ple.pdf
The Waldorf approach to human development works with
the picture that we have much more than the five traditional
                                                                   Workshops on
senses… in fact, twelve! If you’re like most people, you
                                                                   Developmental Movement
might initially have a mystified or puzzled reaction to            16 Keys to Developmental Movement Needs
hearing someone say humans have twelve senses—not just                Event Type: Seminar/workshop
the five that science usually describes. However, the twelve          Audience: Teachers
senses approach – first described by Rudolf Steiner some 90           Time: 3 hours
years ago – is similar in many ways to the “Multiple               What are the developmental steps and goals that must be
Intelligences” education theory popularized by Harvard pro-        addressed through a school’s program? How can all teachers
fessor Howard Gardner in the 1990s. In any event, the idea         participate? When a grade-school child struggles with
of the 12 senses isn’t meant to be analyzed in a literal or sci-   reading, or math, or focus; when a child is nervous about
entific way, but rather to be carried as a picture that might      school, acts out, or has begun self-defining as “not good at”
shine new light on how parents and teachers can contribute         academic areas, very often there are developmental steps to
to the healthy growth of children. The particular definitions      be filled in (and that can be filled in). These interrelated
for the capacities to be described as the spectrum of 12 inter-    areas of development create a child's capacities or readiness
related senses, can be quickly grasped by placing them in the      for learning. Even though every child has a unique spectrum
light of ‘common sense’ everyday expressions. Taking up            of strengths and needs, there are 16 basic categories that

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every teacher can use as a lens, and a guide to further            Games and movement for Grades 1-2-3
support. For additional information, see keys.pdf                  “Raiders of the Lost Art” (of play)
                                                                      Event Type: Hands-on/experiential workshop with lecture
Rough and tumble play
                                                                   and discussion
From first grade through eighth - curriculum and
                                                                      Audience: Teachers, parents
                                                                      Time: 1.5 hours
   Event Type: Hands-on/experiential workshop with lecture
                                                                   We will explore the foundations of healthy development that
and discussion
                                                                   occur through movement over time, and experience how
   Audience: Teachers, parents
                                                                   these foundations can be joyfully built through ‘old time’
   Time: 1.5 hours
                                                                   schoolyard and backyard games once played by children all
Rough-and-tumble play, a form of social engagement con-
                                                                   over the world. Many of these activities are in books for
sisting of activities such as play fighting, hitting, wrestling,
                                                                   teachers and recreation directors published between 1910
and chasing with the intent of fighting, is believed to consti-
                                                                   and 1950. (Come prepared to have fun!) Workshop includes
tute approximately 15% of all the vigorous physical play
                                                                   techniques for sensory integration, specific academic goals.
observed in children. While it is not known why immature
organisms engage in such play, its primary function might be       Ball & Balance Activities
to allow children, and particularly boys, to establish their       Activities to promote learning readiness and
status within a dominance hierarchy. This appears to be the        interpersonal connection
function of rough and tumble in other mammals, such as                Event Type: Hands-on/experiential workshop with lecture
chimpanzees; it is a relatively safe way to establish one’s        and discussion
status within the group without the risk of injury that may           Audience: Teachers, parents
occur during genuine aggressive acts. There is a correlation          Time: 1.5 hours
between the appearance of this activity and the maturity of        Individual tossing/catching activities strengthen fine motor
the frontal lobes of the brain. For additional information, see    control for vision, spatial orientation, balance, sequencing,
play.pdf                                                           laterality, rhythm, and speech. Group tossing activities addi-
                                                                   tionally strengthen interpersonal attention. By adding a
“Zoo-Robics” Exercises and Postural Control
                                                                   balance component, deeper remedial issues (including
From first grade through eighth - curriculum and
                                                                   contact disturbances) can be helped.
   Event Type: Lecture/seminar with audience discussion                                             Shaded Drawing
   Audience: Teachers, parents                                                                      Strengthening the will,
   Time: 1.5 to 2 hours                                                                             working with anticipation
How much creeping and crawling does it take to prepare a                                               Event Type: Hands-
child for school and life? Many child development special-                                          on/experiential workshop
ists believe that tens of thousands (perhaps as many as                                                Audience: Teachers
50,000) crawling type steps are needed to properly myeli-                                              Time: 1.5 hours
nate the brain for academic readiness. Given today’s popu-                                          In her description of the
larity of strollers, walkers, baby bouncers, backpacks, etc. it                                     “Shaded Drawing Exercise”,
is unlikely a modern infant/toddler will take that many                                             Audrey McAllen points to
crawling steps.                                                                                     the connection between the
   Audrey McAllen, a Waldorf school remedial teacher for           diagonal line and the will, and notes that shaded drawing
many years, has suggested many creeping and crawling               calls on attention and patience. Participants will experience
exercises, based on her deep experience with the early             how to build up this skill progressively through the grades,
movement patterns and primitive reflexes of children from          so that shaded drawing can be both a regular whole-class
birth to age 3. She describes these in her book The Extra          remedial activity, a beautiful addition to Main Lesson
Lesson and other publications on child development. I will         Books, and an added tool for recapitulating the introduction
add to these, dozens of agilities, animal imaginations and         of the alphabet. For additional information, see writing.pdf
tumbling activities.

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A title for a Main Lesson Book in 8th Grade

Painting Handwriting
A method of adding beauty and flow to writing
Event Type: Hands-on/experiential workshop
Audience: Teachers
Time: 1.5 hours
In June of 1921, Rudolf Steiner spoke to the teachers of the
Waldorf School in Stuttgart, as they were about to establish
the first Waldorf tenth grade. During the fourth lecture,
                                                                                    About these presentations...
Rudolf Steiner stated: "We really ought to get people to
                                                                    Jeff Tunkey teaches both Physical Education and
write in a way that is akin to painting. Writing in that way is
                                                                         Extra Lesson at Aurora Waldorf School, near
far more hygienic." By this, I believe he was indicating a
                                                                         Buffalo, NY, and is the school’s Educational
“painterly” style of handwriting (i.e. with a pen or pencil,
                                                                       Support Team Coordinator. He has also taught
not the use of a brush per se.) However, in my opinion, the
                                                                         teacher groups through the Association for a
painting handwriting exercises in this workshop are consis-
                                                                          Healing Education, the HEART Program in
tent with Steiner's advice. And in my experience, the effort
                                                                   Toronto, and at other schools. Other background:
to provide students throughout the elementary grades with
                                                                    • 16 years of teaching at Aurora Waldorf School;
them, will be well rewarded! For additional information, see
                                                                  former Board president, Faculty Chair, Leadership
                                                                                                     Circle facilitator.
                                 Copper Rod Exercises                      • Graduate of the Spacial Dynamics 5-year
                                 Copper rod exercises serve                                        Inservice training.
                                 the academic/developmen-
                                 tal needs of grade school            For additional information about seminars and
                                 children                               workshops, or to inquire about telephone or
                                 Event Type: Hands-                             personal consultation, please email...
                                 on/experiential workshop               
                                 with lecture and discussion
                                 Audience: Teachers
                                 Time: 1.5 hours
Copper rod exercises enhance the physiologic development
needed for writing and reading: fine motor control through
the radius and ulna
• Direction, rhythm and sequencing - related to math
• Proprioception and balance - one of the “Multiple
• Working with anticipation; social skills
For additional information, see copperrods.pdf

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