Irish Steiner Education Conference November 2014

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Date: Saturday Nov 15, 2014
Time 9.15am -5.15pm
Venue: Rooms G010 and G011 in The Hardiman Building, NUI Galway

Conference Schedule:
9.15 – 9.45    Registration

9.45 – 10.00   Welcome Address – Dr. Lindsay Myers

10.00 -11.00 ‘Steiner Education: A Holistic Response to the Developing Needs of the Growing Child’ – Pearse O’ Shiel

11.00 -11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 12. 30 ‘Introduction to the Steiner National-School Curriculum’ – Eileen Lydon

12.30 -1.30 Lunch

1.30 – 3.00 Workshops (2 parallel sessions – CHOOSE ONE)

  • ‘The Art of Teaching Literacy: The Steiner Waldorf Approach to Writing and Reading’ – Jonathan Angus ‘
  • Drama at the Heart: Activating Learning’ – Nell Smyth

3.15 – 4.45 Workshops (2 parallel sessions – CHOOSE ONE)

  • ‘The Art of Teaching Literacy: The Steiner Waldorf Approach to Introducing Writing and Reading’ – Jonathan Angus
  • ‘Drama at the Heart: Activating Learning’ – Nell Smyth

4.45 – 5. 30 Q and A with the Panel (Eileen, Pearse, Jonathan and Nell)

Detailed Information on Workshops:
Jonathan Angus – The Art of Teaching Literacy: The Steiner Waldorf Approach to Introducing Reading and Writing
What are the hallmarks of a pre-literate experience of the world? Why is a strong foundation in orality important for later learning? How can we get the timing right, teaching writing and reading such a way as to satisfy children’s developmental needs and harness their innate interests? In this workshop we will consider the theory and practice of helping children to make the first leap into literacy. Through a process of cultural reconstruction, we will find supports to help answer the above questions. By engaging in movement, recitation and drawing exercises, we will reconnect with the experience of starting off on a lifelong journey of written language.

Nell Smyth – Drama at the Heart: activating learning
This workshop will work with two great stories, The Brendan Voyage and Monsieur Prony’s Plot to illustrate how different learning styles can be met and orchestrated for vibrant learning in the classroom. Integrating the threefold approach of thinking, feeling and willing we will work with games, movement, observation and play to bring alive key themes and activities for the 8/9 year old and the 14/15 year old.

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