2018 Congressional Tax Plan Threatens Tuition Remission Tax-free Status for Waldorf Teachers

From Waldorf Today.com: Fast-Moving US Tax Reform in Conference Committee, which is hammering out details with a Senate vote as soon as Dec. 18. (Editor’s note: Since the passage of the House and Senate versions of a new tax plan for 2018 and beyond, the media has been full of images of graduate students protesting the proposed taxation of tuition remission for graduate students. However, there has been little public sign of outcry from private schools, teachers and staff at K-12 private schools who would find their children’s tuition remission taxed under the House plan, but not the Senate plan. The […]

Improving Students’ Relationships with Teachers to Provide Essential Supports for Learning

Sara Rimm-Kaufman, PhD, and Lia Sandilos, PhD, University of Virginia | Read full article here. Positive relationships can also help a student develop socially Improving students’ relationships with teachers has important, positive and long-lasting implications for both students’ academic and social development. Solely improving students’ relationships with their teachers will not produce gains in achievement. However, those students who have close, positive and supportive relationships with their teachers will attain higher levels of achievement than those students with more conflict in their relationships. Picture a student who feels a strong personal connection to her teacher, talks with her teacher frequently, and […]

Emotional health in childhood ‘is the key to future happiness’

by Jamie Doward, The Guardian, November 8, 2017 LSE study says money, success and good grades are less important Mick Jagger famously couldn’t get it, but now economists think they know what’s required to get some satisfaction. After investigating the factors in a person’s life that can best predict whether they will lead satisfied lives, a team headed by one of the UK’s foremost “happiness” experts, Professor Richard Layard, has come up with an answer that may prove controversial. Layard and his colleagues at the Wellbeing research programme at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance conclude that a child’s […]

Tomb of Santa Found in Turkey, Archaeologists Say

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, October 4, 2017 First the good news: Whoever told you that Santa Claus was an impostor with a fake beard collecting a Christmastime check at the mall or a lie cooked up by your parents to trick you into five measly minutes of quiet was, at minimum, misinformed. The bad news: Santa Claus is definitely dead. Archaeologists in southern Turkey say they have discovered the tomb of the original Santa Claus, also known as St. Nicholas, beneath his namesake church near the Mediterranean Sea. Saint Nicholas of Myra (now Demre) was known for his anonymous […]

A Letter to the Shepherds

From the Fall 2017 Edition of Renewal Magazine: click to read the full article with the Introduction Dearest Gallus, Huckle, Muckle & Crispin~ As your director, there is much I can do to help you bring to life a wondrous, funny, warm and profound performance as the shepherds. I can help you with the singing and the blocking and a more effective way to say your lines. I can help you find your character in the way you move your feet, or the way you sit on the bench or the way you listen when others speak.  Thursday. But there is one profound thing I can not do […]

The Neuroscience of Narrative and Memory

  Delivering content—in any class—through a story has positive effects on your students’ information retention. From Edutopia.com, by Judy Willis MD, September 12, 2017 If you’ve had the pleasure of reading bedtime books to young children, you’ve observed one of the reasons why narratives are so compelling. During their childhood, my daughters wanted to hear the same book, Goodnight Moon, over and over: Even after dozens of readings, they continued to excitedly predict what would be on the next page and to take great pleasure in being right. That childhood desire of children—wanting to hear books read aloud and repeatedly requesting those few […]

Co-Parenting With Alexa

From The New York Times Opinion Section | By RACHEL BOTSMAN  | OCTOBER 7, 2017 “You are going to have a chance to play with Alexa,” I told my daughter, Grace, who’s 3 years old. Pointing at the black cylindrical device, I explained that the speaker, also known as the Amazon Echo, was a bit like Siri but smarter. “You can ask it anything you want,” I said nonchalantly. Grace leaned forward toward the speaker. “Hello, Alexa, my name is Gracie,” she said. “Will it rain today?” The turquoise rim glowed into life. “Currently, it is 60 degrees,” a perky female voice answered, […]

A journey towards an interest in the world

From Waldorf Education Today, by Alain Denjean, October 2017 At a time in which political life is dominated by subjects such as borders and separation, defence and protection, there is no great surprise in a current survey according to which the highest priority for young people at the moment is not freedom, riches or being well off but security. The experience of the separateness of the other person and the world leads the small child at around the age of three to the first experience of self. The previous empathy of the infant gradually recedes. The growing child increasingly experiences themselves […]

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

By Patricia A. Alexander and Lauren M. Singer, Business Insider, October 15, 2017 Today’s students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers. Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We’ve seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks. In 2009, California passed a law requiring that all college textbooks be available in electronic form by 2020; in 2011, Florida lawmakers passed legislation requiring public schools to convert their textbooks to […]