Teaching the Physical Sciences in Grades 6, 7, and 8

With Roberto Trostli

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In this course we will examine the philosophy, curriculum, and methods of teaching the physical sciences in grades 6, 7, and 8. Each of these years has its own developmental and pedagogical tasks, which are addressed through the science curriculum.

In the sixth grade section, we will establish the approach to physics teaching and learn how to perform demonstrations to build an experiential and conceptual foundation for further study. In the seventh grade section we will explore how to develop concepts and how to use parables of nature to deepen our work. In the eighth grade section we will address the challenge of linking everything we do in the classroom with the human being and with the natural and created worlds.

In physics, we will work with acoustics, optics, heat, electricity, magnetism, mechanics, fluid mechanics, and aerodynamics. In chemistry we will explore combustion, the gases of combustion, water and salts, acids and bases, the sources, extraction, uses, and chemical interactions of sugars, starches, fats, and proteins.

Videos of the demonstrations and experiments will be shared, with live commentary and opportunities for questions and discussions. Examples of assignments and students’ work will be shown, with advice on how to use the visual arts to communicate science topics clearly and dramatically.

Participants are encouraged to obtain a copy of Physics the Waldorf Way because the course will make extensive reference to this resource.  Copies are available at the discounted price of $45 plus shipping ($5. media mail; $7.50 priority mail.)  To obtain a copy, please email rtrostli@gmail.com
If Chemistry the Waldorf Way is published by July, participants are also encouraged to obtain a copy.  Details will be provided to course participants.

Roberto Trostli has been active in Waldorf education for over 30 years as a class teacher, HS teacher, and adult educator. He is the author of Physics is Fun!, now revised and published as Physics the Waldorf Way, and Thy Will Be Done: The Task of the College of Teachers in Waldorf Schools (Waldorf Publications). Roberto has lectured widely, worked with many Waldorf schools and institutes, co-directed the 3-year teacher training at Sunbridge College, and served as the director of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education and as a member of the Pedagogical Section Council. Roberto is a class teacher at Richmond Waldorf School, where he also serves as a member of the Leadership Team.

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