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When a child's development is complete, learning happens with ease and joy. If there are gaps in development, a student's educational experience may be filled with struggles and stress. The Extra Lesson, developed by Waldorf educator Audrey McAllen, is a developmental approach intended to remedy such gaps. Its primary aim is to meet the student through archetypal activities in movement, drawing, and painting exercises. The exercises aim to reduce/remove hindrances to successful academic performance as well as to support the capacity for self-regulation of behavior conducive to an educational environment.
Teachers looking to further their understanding of child development as a foundation for learning, as well as to learn practical pedagogical approaches, will find this program supportive of their daily classroom work.
The assessments and exercises as described in The Extra Lesson are the primary basis for study in the Remedial Educational Support Program. Many possible sources of students' learning and behavior challenges are thoroughly explored from the perspectives of developmental, pedagogical, medical, neurological and therapeutic approaches. Indications as outlined by Rudolf Steiner in Curative Education (now published as Education for Special Needs), by McAllen in Reading Children’s Drawings, as well as many others, are used as lenses for understanding developmental issues.
The exploration of a broad range of other methods in the fast-growing field of neuro-developmental movement and sensory integration also inform our study. By relating the individual learning differences to students’ developmental situations, teachers learn to develop appropriate activities that meet the needs of their students, whether in the classroom, small groups or in individual lessons.
The Remedial Educational Support Program is not open for enrollment.
A part-time course of study designed to educate Waldorf teachers and related professionals in educational support theory and practice, including:
—assessment of the developmental situation;
—drawing, painting, and movement exercises to enhance development;
—creative tutoring to support student academic performance;
—classroom strategies to aid challenged students with their daily school work; and
—familiarizing participants with various therapies that contribute to students’ healthy development.
The program is designed to give participants the opportunity to:
Graduates of this program work as classroom or kindergarten teachers, educational support teachers, resource teachers, educational therapists, therapeutic educators, or educational consultants.
In addition to a High School Diploma, all applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
1. A trained Waldorf teacher (can be concurrently in training)
2. Other professional who has:
a. worked with children for a minimum of 1 year
b. the two FY courses as listed.
*Please see the attached documents: detailed information is available in Remedial Education Program Requirements; and the form for submitting your plan to fulfill the prerequisites is in Remedial Prerequisites Plan.
Each session includes theory and practical activities, as well as the following:
Ingun Schneider, PT, MA Program Co-Director, trained as a physical therapist in the 1960s, a childbirth educator in the 1970s, a Waldorf teacher in the 1980s, taught grades 1 through 8 into the 1990s, and has worked as an educational support teacher and consultant since then. She has taught in many Extra Lesson training programs, conferences and workshops throughout the world, and keeps working with children in second grade screenings, developmental movement groups and individual lessons.
Kris Boshell, MA, Program Co-Director, discovered Rudolf Steiner’s work in 2003 through Waldorf Education. She received her Anthroposophical training as Grades and Remedial Education teacher at Rudolf Steiner College and her MA in Depth Psychology at Sonoma State University. Kris' work as an Educational Support teacher has included independent consulting for private and chartered Waldorf schools, Rudolf Steiner College training programs, and currently full-time as Educational Support Teacher and Grade School Level Chair at the Chicago Waldorf School.
Jo-Ann Climenhage, PhD, completed her university studies in Canada, and her Waldorf Grades and Remedial Education certification at Rudolf Steiner College. She works as an educational support consultant specializing in the Extra Lesson approach. She has successfully taken a class from grade one through eight, taught at the University level and currently travels to Waldorf schools in the United States, Canada and Mexico mentoring, completing assessments and assisting schools with educational support program development. Jo-Ann recently relocated to Fair Oaks, California with her family.