|The Role of The Education Assistant
By: Sarah Nolin, Education Assistant at the Saltwater School
All children should benefit from an inspired innovative education that acknowledges their particular learning style. Sometimes this requires specialized, one on one instruction however there are also countless ways that individualizing can occur even in the larger context of the classroom. The role of the Education Assistant allows students to receive specialized instruction tailored to their needs in a quiet focused environment. This could look like additional time to complete a task and/or movement/brain gym activities to remove blockages to their development and allow for sensory awakening. It could be as simple as a song or story, a warm cup of tea or a quiet time to calm him or her.
Using the resources of the Waldorf curriculum extra lessons are developed to address specific concerns and instill in them a feeling of security and belonging both in their bodies and on earth. Each child brings with them a full tapestry of characteristics that allows for them to easily grasp some challenges in life while struggling with others. When we look at this picture of who each child is, we expand our definition of what is normal. It is important to remember that we are not here to fix children. We simply offer them a warm and suitably challenging environment so that their relationship to the world can expand and at the same time, they hold to their purpose in life.
Reference: Resource Teachers Manual, Association for Healing Education.
Saltwater School Video - By Shane Philips
Thank you to Shane Philips for putting together a video highlighting the Saltwater School and the day to day fun things we do. Shane Philips is also a very talented musician and to show your appreciation and support for his video please go to: www.youtube.com/shanephilipmusic and Subscribe.
For those of you who have not seen the video you can go to Youtube.ca and type in Saltwater School Adventures.
Visit to the Three Cedars Waldorf School in Bellingham,Washington
Last week Julie Mills and Arlene Trustham visited the Three Cedars Waldorf School in Bellingham, Washington to attend an AWSNA regional meeting. AWSNA or the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America was founded in 1968 to help develop Waldorf Education. In North America, there are more than 250 schools and 14 teacher education institutes in some level of development. AWSNA is currently helping our school become a Developing School which means contact with other affiliated schools and mentoring to further evolve ourselves as a Waldorf school.
Topic: Setting Sleep Disorders to Rest
Workshop with Jaimen McMillan
When: February 7-8
Times: Friday 7:30 to 9:00 and Saturday 9:00 to 4:00
Fees: Workshop is 175$ plus GST and early bird fee (before December 15th) is $150 plus GST
If you if sleeping issues plague you, this workshop offers help using Spacial Dynamics movements, breathing and quieting exercises.
To register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website for more information: www.spacialdynamics.ca