Are you looking for a professional development course to attend this February? I’m so excited to announce that my colleagues and I are holding a conference in Portland this February. The workshops run February 19-21, during the usual February professional development week. Workshops will be held at my school, Cedarwood Waldorf School in Portland.
There are four different workshops to choose from, so no matter what you’re teaching, we’ve got something that will match your interests and curiosity. Also, Portland is a great place to get away to for a little teacher rest and renewal and we’re sure you’ll have a great time. Here’s the line-up that we’ve got to offer.
Warmth, Light, Harmony and Life | The Mission of Japanese Language and Culture
Chiaki Uchiyama, Japanese teacher for 18 years will lead the group in their eighth year of Japanese curriculum, child development and cultural studies through Waldorf pedagogy and Anthroposophy.
World Languages | Listening, Speaking, Writing, Reading
Michelle Jarvis, Spanish teacher for over 18 years will lead a group focusing on effective ways to achieve and balance the four major tasks of language teaching in grades 1 through 8. Teachers of all languages are welcome in this group.
Renewing Impulses In Hard and Soft Handwork | Focus on Grades 5-8
Gia Davis, program director of the CWS Practical Arts program and teacher, of both handwork and woodwork to grades students. In this group, we will examine the difference in the action of making
soft toys, a stuffed animal for instance, to that of an animal carved out of wood, tackle classroom management, and look deeper into the indications for soft and hard handwork as given by Rudolf Steiner.
Curriculum Planning, Record-Keeping and Writing Reports | Practical Matters for Class Teachers
What are the systems class teachers can create for themselves to plan their year, keep records along the way and then reflect on their students’ progress at the end of the year? In this course, experienced class teacher Meredith Floyd-Preston will help the group explore these three often-overlooked, and very practical, aspects of the teacher’s work.
Save and sign up for your course before February 1 for the early bird registration fee of $300. (After that the cost goes up to $320.)
I hope to see you in Portland in February!