October 12, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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A Presentation by Carol Toole, a veteran Early Childhood teacher and speaker from the Austin Waldorf School
Young children acquire language through a playful participation with others and their environment. How can we nurture that living relationship to language while developing the capacities needed on their path toward literacy? Carol will also explore the Waldorf timetable for teaching reading/writing.
Carol Toole began Waldorf Early Childhood Training in 1980. She has since worked as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher, storyteller, parent educator and Admissions Director at the Austin Waldorf School, and as a reading teacher at a juvenile detention camp. She currently works as an Educational Therapist and Literacy Specialist at the Austin Waldorf School.
10:30-11:30am A Walk Through the Grades at a Waldorf School
A Presentation by Bill Toole, a veteran grades teacher and speaker from the Austin Waldorf School
An education that claims to support the whole child must strive to foster an imagination that is both lively and practical and a feeling life that is deep and rich while building a solid confidence in one’s ability to meet life’s many challenges. The class teacher years in a Waldorf School, from grade one through grade eight, integrate arts with academics to address the growing, unfolding human being. Through description, anecdote, examples and student work, we will take a “walk” through the grades of a typical Waldorf School.
Bill Toole is the middle school support teacher at the Austin Waldorf School. Bill has a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, and received his teacher training from the Waldorf Institute in Detroit, now Sunbridge College. As class teacher, he took two groups from first through eighth grade, and after a sabbatical year, met his third class in the fourth grade in 1999. Since 2004, he has been serving as Middle School Support Teacher, mentoring and teaching blocks and math skills classes in the middle school. He lives in Dripping Springs outside of Austin with his wife, Carol.
15/person and $20/couple is the "suggested donation".
Please make sure to RSVP so Jenni can prepare enough chairs, etc. You can do so via email or phone: [masked] or [masked].
After Bill Toole's talk there's still a half hour discussion time 11:30-noon and then there is a potluck lunch that anyone interested is welcome to join.