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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 2012-01 AWS Awareness 2012-01

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Date added: 01/30/2012
Date modified: 01/30/2012
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January 27th, 2012

What it takes to be a Class Teacher in the Waldorf Grades

"A Waldorf teacher needs to value the development of wonder, gratitude, and responsibility. When subjects are brought to life in the class by the teacher via imagination and/or intuition, the student wants to explore learning, and this creates wonder. When topics and subjects are over-explained or taught to a test, the student’s desire for learning is thwarted. Reverence and wonder can easily arise out of the Waldorf curriculum..."

Alabama Waldorf School participates in Alabama Gives Day!

On February 2, 2012, our community will come together for Alabama Gives Day, and we need YOU to join us as our state makes history and our school raises money for, among other things, Waldorf teacher training!

AWS Awareness 2010-05 AWS Awareness 2010-05

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Date added: 01/25/2012
Date modified: 01/25/2012
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Administrator's Ad Lib

When I was first a Waldorf teacher, I thought it was the students that were different.  Different in a good way.  Thoughtful.  Open.  Inquisitive.  Other-oriented.  Ready to challenge.  Honest.  By the time 5th grade rolled around, I realized it was the parents who were different.  Parents who had chosen a feeling-based, whole-child education for their children.

 

Happy Days Are Here Again!
With winter neatly tucked up in the attic, it is time to come out of our cocoons and enjoy the Spring Festival called Holi. Holi - the festival of colors - is undoubtedly the happiest and most fun-filled Hindu festival. It is an occasion that brings joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, a delicious variety of foods and, of course, lots of bright colors!

AWS Awareness 2011-11 AWS Awareness 2011-11

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Date added: 12/01/2011
Date modified: 12/01/2011
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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Why a Developmental Education Surpasses a Benchmark-Learning Education

"...Dispelling the myth that Waldorf students in the young primary grades are not taught to read is one of my favorite things to take on, ranking right up there with the differences between Waldorf and Montessori schools! It was, however, a real pleasure to have Dr. Ernest, a local professor of child psychology (UAB), and parent of AWS kindergartner Sam and first grader John, plead our case for a change!..."

Who is John Huckestein (aka Mr. Huck) and what does he have in common with our 2012 Gala?

"No, Mr. Huck hasn’t been here longer than Ms. Powell, but he is an AWS 15-year veteran, armed with a great sense of humor, and loved by all children who come under his watchful and loving care...And yes, he is the Guest of Honor at our 2012 gala appropriately named the April Fool's Day Fiesta! Save the date!..."

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!"

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