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    Sixth Grade and the Sixth Grader

    Subscribe to the Waldorfy PodcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher For this episode I was so fortunate to get to speak with incredible guest, Anne Clair Goodman all about sixth grade and the sixth grader. The experience for the sixth grader is so different than any age or grade we've talked about this season. The twelve year change, which we discuss in this episode, is a challenging developmental shift that may be just beginning in the sixth grade but generally continues into the teenage years. In addition to speaking about the blocks in the sixth grade curriculum we also speak about media and screen time as that can also be an interesting component…

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    Fifth Grade and the Fifth Grader

    In this episode experienced Waldorf teacher Jen Kershaw and I explore fifth grade within a Waldorf school. We discuss the Waldorf fifth grade curriculum, how it uniquely meets the fifth grader where they're at, and much more! Subscribe to the Waldorf PodcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher More about Jen Kershaw... Jen Kershaw has a B.A. in Acting/Theater Performance from the University of South Florida, a Masters of Science in Education from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Antioch University New England. In the theater world, she performed with Metro Theater Company from St. Louis, Missouri, performing and teaching workshops across the United States. Jen has been teaching…

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    Fourth Grade and the Fourth Grader

    What happens after the nine year change? Guest Angela Lindstrom and I are discussing what the nine/ten year old is going through developmentally during the fourth grade year. We talk about the changes that the fourth grader is experiencing at this age, how the adults in their lives can be supporting guides in their lives, as well as how the Waldorf fourth grade curriculum works to engage the fourth grader where they're at developmentally. Subscribe to the Waldorfy PodcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher More about Angela Lindstrom... Angela grew up in a little house in the big woods of Ohio, playing beside the gently flowing waters of the Little Miami River. The…

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    Third Grade and the Third Grader

    In this episode experienced Waldorf teacher Kris Ritz and I discuss the Waldorf third grade year with a focus on the developing third grader. What is the nine/ten year old experiencing? How can we the adults in their lives be most supportive of their experience at this time of transition? These are the sorts of questions we dive into in this episode. Subscribe to the Waldorfy PodcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher Kris Ritz is a Waldorf teacher who joined the Emerson Waldorf School community in 2008. She is grateful for the creative students and community-building parents she has been with over the years and is with during this current grades school journey.…

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    Second Grade and the Second Grader

    In this episode I’m speaking with experienced Waldorf teacher Michael Gannon all about “Second Grade and the Second Grader”. Subscribe to the Waldorfy Podcast Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher Michael has been working at the Spring Garden Waldorf School, near Akron, Ohio, for the past 17 years. Though he didn’t know anything about Waldorf education or anthroposophy when he first interviewed for his position, the deep consciousness about why things were done quickly drew him in. The thoughtful study of the development of the human being, and a living interest in helping students to grow toward freedom, has been a welcome source of challenge to Michael every day. Michael has been grateful…

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    First Grade and the First Grader

    How do you know a child is ready for first grade at a Waldorf school? What happens on the first day of first grade in a Waldorf school? What does a Waldorf student learn in first grade? These are all things we dive into in this episode featuring my guest, experienced Waldorf teacher, Lori Kran. Subscribe to the Waldorf PodcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher Lori Kran, PhD, US History, Waldorf certification from WTDA, Ann Arbor, MI. Lori has been a class teacher at the Cincinnati Waldorf School since 1995, she has taken two cycles through the grades, and is currently teaching in her third cycle. Additionally, Lori teaches US History and Civics…

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    Season 5 Trailer Introducing “Waldorf Through the Grades”

    In this special trailer episode I'm introducing the theme for the fifth season of the show: "Waldorf Through the Grades". Throughout this season I'll be hosting seasoned Waldorf teachers to talk with me about each grade on it's own starting with grade one continuing through grade eight. We'll be discussing the different developmental stages of the child as they pass through each grade and dive deeper into the curriculum and how it works to meet the needs of the developing child. Also in this trailer I brought my husband, Tobin, back on the show. We talk about his Waldorf experience, and how it often was quite different than mine, as…

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    Inclusion and Belonging in Waldorf Education with Ashley May

    I could not be more excited to host the incredible Ashley May as my guest for the finale episode of season four. It has been a really eye opening season of episodes for many, each episode featured an individual with their own unique experience as a Black individual within a Waldorf community. In this episode however Ashley and I discuss the topic of this season, "Inclusion and Belonging", in a more broad way, utilizing her expertise as a WECAN member familiar with Waldorf, an educational researcher and ethnographer. We discuss what Ashley appreciates about the Waldorf approach, how it serves children, and also where it needs to improve to become…

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    Kenya’s Waldorf Experience

     In this episode I’m speaking with Kenya Strong all about her experience with Waldorf education including her many years as a Waldorf teacher.  I’m so grateful to Kenya for agreeing to share her story and experience with me in this episode.  As is the case with the other episodes in this series, it may feel uncomfortable and even triggering to hear the experiences of those who’ve been marginalized. I think the best way to listen in to Kenya’s story is with an open mind and an open heart. Kenya will be sharing her experience and the way she feels Waldorf communities can move towards being more inclusive. If you’re struggling…

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    Joanis’s Waldorf Experience

    Joanis is a 19 year old living in New York City and is currently a student at SUNY New Platz majoring in Black studies. In this episode Joanis and I get into what she enjoyed about her Waldorf experience and the kinds of challenges she experienced. Similar to the last episode, there are moments of my conversation with Joanis that may be hard to process for some. As I have mentioned in the pervious episode, you may feel uncomfortable or triggered by hearing some of these experiences. You may feel you need to justify or you may feel defensive. Feelings like this can be normal when we’re exposed to the…