Miscellaneous Items

Successful Classroom Management

In the lower grades, the students look to their teacher as their role model. If a teacher develops a warm and respectful relationship with his/her students, the students will want to do their best for that teacher. These articles will help you develop guidelines that will help you develop a healthy learning environment in your classroom.

Download Successful Classroom Management Outline (pdf)

Download Seven Suggestions for Teachers (pdf)

Download Creating Healthy Class Dynamics (pdf)

Download Teachers Impact on Student Learning (pdf)

Download Positive Discipline Approach and Effective Classroom Leadership (pdf)


Interviewing for a Teaching Position: A Few Ideas to Consider

Over the past 20 years, I have been on all three sides of this issue: as a teaching candidate, who once interviewed for a teaching position, as a member of numerous school hiring committees (who did the interviewing) and as a teacher educator who counsels program graduates on the interview process. Though a teacher candidate will spend most of his/her initial interview answering the interview team’s questions, there will be a chance for the interviewee to quiz representatives of the school. Written primarily for the candidate, this article lays out questions that one might consider asking an interviewing faculty. However, faculties might find it helpful to read so that they have the opportunity to prepare the answers to these questions in advance of the interview.

Download Interview Guidance (pdf)


Nine Year Change Workshop

“Rudolf Steiner said; ‘In the ninth year the child actually experiences a total transformation of his being, which points to a significant transformation of his soul-life and to a significant transformation of his experience of the bodily-physical.” For years I have been leading this workshop for second and third grade class teachers and their students’ parents about this amazing time of life. This workshop is set up so that any trained Waldorf teacher can use it as a template for their own program.

Download 9 Year Change Workshop (pdf) 


Field Trip Guidelines (things to think about in your preparation)

I have been planning and taking children on field trips for over 20 years and have found that a trip’s success is due in large part to the advanced planning and organization that I put into it. I hope the following ideas and thoughts will be helpful to you as you look towards your next outing.

Download Field Trip Guidelines (pdf)

Download Chaperone Guidelines (pdf)

Download Field Trip Food Survey (pdf)

Download Basic Packing List for Field Trips (pdf)

Planning and Presenting a Main Lesson

Forming a Daily Rhythm

Steiner tells us in the Study of Man, that paying attention to a healthy rhythm or breathing in our lessons is very important. How do you go about planning your Main Lesson daily rhythm so it incorporates movement, various artistic elements, skills practice, lesson review, new learning, bookwork and story- all in two hours? This article addresses the value of each of these aspects and gives you a number of things to consider when crafting your overall daily rhythm.

Download Forming a Daily Rhythm (pdf) 


Thoughts on Reviewing a Main Lesson Story

When determining your approach to review, ask yourself, “What was the major theme of yesterday’s story? What were the major images, concepts and facts of the presentation?” This article gives ideas on how to be creative and effective with this part of the daily lesson. Though the major emphasis is on story or biography reviews, there is a section at the end on reviewing non-story lessons- such as anatomy.

Download Review of the Lesson (pdf) 


Successful Classroom Management

In the lower grades, the students look to their teacher as their role model. If a teacher develops a warm and respectful relationship with his/her students, the students will want to do their best for that teacher. This article lists 27 guidelines that will help you develop a healthy learning environment in your classroom.

Download Successful Classroom Management Outline (pdf) 


The Use of the Blackboard in a Waldorf Classroom

The blackboard has many uses in a Waldorf classroom - this short but sweet article outlines these uses- First and Second grade teachers should check out use # 5!

Download Blackboard Use Guidelines (pdf) 

Planning Main Lesson Blocks:

When planning your blocks, it is helpful to use a four fold approach; one that nurtures the students’ soul, knowledge foundation, academic skills and artistic skills. This article is a very thorough guide on how to make your blocks creative and academically potent.

Download Planning Main Lesson Blocks (pdf) pdf file


Consideration when Planning your Yearly Block Rotation

When sitting down in the summer to plan your coming year, one of the first things you will want to do is to create your block rotation. This article is filled with great ideas for developing a yearly plan that supports a healthy academic rhythm while supporting you with extra time when and where you need it. An example: “I highly recommend starting off with a BANG! Too often, teachers begin the year with the “signature” history block, which can send a message of “Here we are again, next chapter…” Beginning in the 4th grade, I recommend that teachers select, as their first block, an area of study that the students have never had before- this sends a signal to the students that you acknowledge they are different from the year before.”

Download Considerations when Planning your Yearly Block Rotation (pdf)pdf file

How To Plan a History Block

This article delineates the various aspects of planning a history block in the upper grades. It includes a section on: goals, areas of skill development, presentation possibilities, daily rhythm, ideas for retell/review and assignments and how to structure your presentation.

Download Planning Main Lesson Blocks (pdf) pdf file

Summer Block Preparation Guide

In this article you will find suggestions on how you can tackle the monumental task of planning a year of Waldorf curriculum: If you follow these guidelines, your chances of enjoying your summer and being well prepared for your year will certainly improve.

Download Summer Block Preparation Guidelines (pdf)pdf file

Parent Communication

Class Parent Communication: Some Ideas and Thoughts

The creation of a respectful, healthy relationship between the class teacher and the parents of her students is one of the most important keys to being a happy, successful teacher. Way too often Waldorf schools lose otherwise talented teachers to the fallout of parental discontent. Though each teacher and group of class parents are unique, chances are that if a class teacher wholeheartedly takes up the ideas in these articles, parent issues will not be a major issue.

Download Parent Work (pdf)

Download Class Parent Support Survey (Grade 3) (pdf) 

Download Supporting Children in Times of Crisis or War (pdf) 

Download Existence of the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus (pdf) 


Colleague Communication

Download Shared Principles for Kindergarten Teachers(pdf) 

New Teacher Orientation

When a new colleague joins a school, there is always excitement tinged with a bit of trepidation (on both sides). Though experience will help make it easier when it comes to knowing what supplies to order and how to set up a room, there still remains a plethora of information the new employee will need to know in order to fell at home. This is especially highlighted if the teacher has never taught in a Waldorf school before. This article is really a list of things to consider when bringing a new colleague into your community. It is divided up into areas of responsibility for the administration, the teacher’s in-house mentor, festivals coordinator, director of enrollment, special subject coordinator, member of College or faculty chair.

Download New Teacher Orientation (pdf) 

 

How-To

In this section of the site, you will find a number of papers with suggestions on everything from “How to Plan a Block” to “How to Plan a Parent Meeting”. Most of these documents have come about because of questions brought to us by the individual teachers that we mentor and from students in the various training programs in which we teach. And again, these represent broad strokes and are meant to be taken into consideration when looking at a task, but not to be used as the bible on any particular subject. We hope they will be of use.

Janet and Patti