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AWS Awareness - Nov 2012 AWS Awareness - Nov 2012

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Date added: 11/30/2012
Date modified: 11/30/2012
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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 - Sept/Oct 2012 AWS Awareness - Sept/Oct 2012

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Date added: 10/10/2012
Date modified: 10/11/2012
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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.

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 2012-03 AWS Awareness 2012-03

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Date added: 04/10/2012
Date modified: 05/23/2012
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March/April 2012

National Screen-Free Week is April 30th through May 6th. Turn off your screens and give your eyes and brains a rest from celluloidal stress!! Each day of Screen-Free Week, AWS will be hosting outdoor and indoor games and activities the whole family can enjoy...

Field Trip Fun, "Down on the Farm" -- The 3rd grade class recently visited Heron Hollow Farm to try their hand at farming for a day. The children began by mastering the art of milking a goat, which requires a two-part effort of distracting and mollifying the goats by feeding them oats while they are being milked. It takes a firm hand and lots of oats to fill a gallon jar!

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...

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