Mentoring and Evaluations
“Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book. We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves.”
Diane brings her enthusiasm and love for the Waldorf Curriculum to bear along with an anthroposophical deepening of child development, cosmic rhythms, breathing, student/teacher relationships and techniques to foster greater social bonds within the classroom. She seeks to strengthen Class Teachers in a Waldorf School to provide a nourishing basis for their work with colleagues, children and parents.
Diane will work with the needs and pedagogical structures within the school’s guidelines, establishing an on-going basis for collaboration and dialogue with the teacher(s) undergoing mentorship. She will provide a written report of the mentorship process, addressing questions, concerns, challenges and changes undergone by the teacher in question.
Diane is available to evaluate Class Teachers when needed. She brings warmth, interest and dialogue to play while seeking to support Waldorf Pedagogy, the School, and the teacher being evaluated. She will work with the structure of the school’s evaluatory process; as well as provide input to such processes. She will provide a written report of her evaluation as the end of her visit.
Sometimes teacher’s need a Class Teacher hotline and Diane seeks to fill this niche by offering a telephone consultation service. The school’s faculty Chair or Administrative Director usually contacts her to secure and clarify the need for a telephone consultation for a Class Teacher working in Waldorf Schools. An agreed upon time maximum is set and the teacher contacts Diane by email with his or her questions for an intentional discussion. The teacher then calls at a pre-arranged date and time and Diane responds, then bills the school.
Diane holds monthly theme based webinars for teachers in Grades 1-8 using a Zoom platform. She sends monthly emails to schools with the calendar of webinars to register for.
This is the most cost-effective teacher development yet!
All of these webinars have been offered to faculties in the schools as well; often when she visits for an evaluative or in a mentoring capacity.
Coming winter 2020
Sugar, Salt, Bitter, Sour: Pedagogical approaches to Child Observation
A Curative Approach
The Red Thread
Weaving Main Lesson content through the year in academics, social structures and into the future.
The Curriculum Seal
A Sevenfold approach to Main Lesson development and delivery
Clownmind in the Classroom
Improv academics Gr 1-8
The Unfinished Lesson
Leaving Room for the Students
The Tin Man and the Human Heart:
Teaching into the future of Artificial Intelligence.