What is included in Teaching as an Art Week? July 12 to 17th, 2020
This Week takes place each Summer in preparation for Grade Level teaching and Teacher Renewal & Explorations of Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility for Schools in North America inspired by Waldorf principles.
The Teaching as an Art Week is recommended for all teachers working in public or independent schools in the Waldorf movement. Teachers enrolled in the Gradalis Teacher Training are also encouraged to take the Teaching as an Art Week to be held in the Rocky Mountain region of Denver, Colorado.
Unique to the Gradalis Teaching as an Art week is that all grades (ECE–grade 8) come together during the same week, along with specials teachers for renewal and inspiration for the coming year. Meet friends and colleagues from other schools. Stay in touch by meeting each summer for this renewal course. The Teaching as an Art classes this year will include more grade specific classes including science, music (singing & instrumental/recorder/flute stories, art, academics/grade level standards and pedagogically appropriate main lesson content for his/her grade level. Many teachers take these classes annually before starting each school year.
Included in this preparation week in the summer of 2020 is coursework and inspiration for the following specials teachers:
- P.E./Movement & Games (Grade Level Games; Bothmer & Spacial Dynamics) (Craig Ruben)
- Foreign Language (Martina Simunek-Suarez)
- Handwork (TBA)
- Music (TBA)
Class Teachers will experience the following elements of preparation for their Grade Level:
- Overview of the year–curriculum content and main lesson placement
- Preparation of the Annual Block Plan–bring your school’s calendar for 2019-2020
- Lesson Planning for the 4-fold lesson
- Integrating Diverse Children’s Literature and Storytelling to meet the children in your class
- Forming your class and introductory activities to start the year
- Child Development for this age children & how to meet them in the appropriate way
- Classroom management
- Age appropriate movement, games & circle activities that keep students engaged and challenged
- Circle & poetry, verses for your grade level
- The soul mood required by the teacher as “loving authority” in the classroom appropriate for this grade level
- What lies behind the curriculum at this grade level–why do we teach what we teach this year
- Introduction to each Main Lesson Block of the year with Content (Instructors model lessons, story-telling, poems, music
- Science at your grade level
- Singing & instruments appropriate for the grade level– and enrichment activities to engage your students in learning)
- Skills (math & literacy) expectations for your grade level–Introduction of the Gradalis Curriculum Frameworks.
- Drawing & watercolor painting at your grade level
- Suggested Field Trips to enhance learning and build the community in your classroom
- The Class Play–ideas and grade level appropriate approaches
- Games & Movement for children at your grade level
Join us to learn from experienced Class & Specialty teachers known to be masters at their craft.
All grades, ECE through Grade 8 plus Specials, take place at the same time, in the same place (Denver, Colorado), therefore creating community over the years.
How long are the Teaching as an Art Classes?
These grades and specialty classes take place over one week in July (July 12–17th, 2020).
Teaching as an Art begins Sunday evening, July 12th, at 4PM to 7PM, with Registration, welcome, and the Diversity and Inclusion Panel. Continuing Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5:30PM, with the exception of Friday closing at 2:00PM allowing teachers ample time to return home.
Denver International Airport (DIA) is a centrally located airport within the U.S., allowing for easy and short travel from across the country. Please plan your arrival and departure times to give ample consideration for commuting and passing through TSA.
Those driving from around the State of Colorado will be able to return to their homes Friday afternoon or evening.