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Many children today offer us a glimpse into the future. While honoring these individual and collective destinies, educators also wish to help them remove hindrances to their full potential. Today’s learning challenges include comprehension and memory weaknesses, social challenges, and neuro-developmental hindrances that impact vision, auditory processing, executive function and motor skills. Teachers are searching for a variety of strategies to create the most effective environments in order for children to be efficient learners.
Common themes throughout the years include: honing our observation skills, the complexities of the child of today, causes of challenging behaviors, games and activities to strengthen the developmental path, and pedagogical methods to help children overcome the obstacles that lessen their capacity to reach their full potential. We will tap into the little-known treasures of Waldorf Education, experience the Extra Lesson and its application in the classroom, and consider like-minded researchers and methodologies.
If you would like to learn more about the children of today and how to guide them, we invite you to apply to our 12th cycle of Educational Support Training.
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The curriculum is based on developing our observational capacities and increasing our understanding of the causes and challenges that children meet as they find their place in life. Course content is primarily derived from the works and influences of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, including pedagogical indications plus work in the curative education realm. These concepts are complemented by current research that promotes a learning environment to meet the needs of the developing child’s body/brain connection.
Also featured is a study of the Extra Lesson developed by Waldorf educator Audrey McAllen: this body of work includes an assessment plus a series of movement, speech, drawing, and painting exercises to help individuals with academic and behavioral difficulties.
• Year One
The emphasis is on classroom activities that are also applicable to individuals and small groups. Recognizing that many children have sensory integration or attention issues, the Waldorf education movement has developed creative approaches: if a child has poor handwriting we work with releasing motor restrictions and work with the hands and feet to become more adept, as Dr. Steiner recommended. Or, a child with lethargic thinking can be helped with body geography exercises and by walking geometric forms with different movements. Finding the courage to bring these activities in an enthusiastic and purposeful way, we dovetail mainstream research along with anthroposophical methods to bring change.
• Year Two
In the second year an emphasis is placed on observation of children’s movements, speech, life forces, and memory capacity.
We examine early movement patterns that hinder development and discuss learning styles: visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic. Exploration of the Extra Lesson activities and assessment tools, and problems with attention and autism spectrum are covered. To complement the realm of observation, we add Anthroposophical medical perspectives, nutrition, mainstream therapies and different ways to bring child study in a school. The second-year curriculum brings a repertoire of methods that can be used in classrooms and groups in kindergarten, grade school and high school.
• Year Three will prepare a teacher for a profession as an Educational Support teacher. It will address deeper issues regarding the children who meet school life with more challenges, going further into Extra Lesson exercises and assessment strategies. Common learning profiles such as dyslexia are examined and intervention methods presented. A certificate will be issued to those who fulfill all course requirements. Professionals and graduates of other remedial programs may enroll in individual sessions to remain current in their studies.
Certificate students are assigned a mentor teacher as a guide for applying the course work professionally.
About AHE Courses and Programs
We are in our 33rd year of offering professional
development programs worldwide and have certified
graduates from ten program cycles in the USA. AHE is an international, non-profit group and has graduated over
400 program participants in the USA, Canada, Brazil,
Portugal, Spain, Ireland and the Philippines.
Previous faculty has included: Mary Jo Oresti, Connie Helms, Jeff Tunkey, Joep Eikenboom, Erica Eikenboom, Joan Treadaway, Gerry LoDolce, Dr. Bruno Callegaro, Paul Gierlach, Betty Jane Enno, Dr. Quentin McMullen, Kris Boshell, and faculty from Camphill USA including Adola McWIlliam and Becky Rutherford.
AHE also offers workshops, mentoring, consultations, class wide assessments, and program development. Our bi-annual newsletter and other publications assist teachers in expanding classroom methods. Our website, www.healingeducation.org has many articles and posts information about events and resources in the professional field of educational support.
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