Why kids and teens may face far more anxiety these days

By Amy Ellis Nutt, The Washington Post, May 10, 2018 When it comes to treating anxiety in children and teens, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are the bane of therapists’ work. “With (social media), it’s all about the self-image — who’s ‘liking’ them, who’s watching them, who clicked on their picture,” said Marco Grados, associate professor of psychiatry and clinical director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital. “Everything can turn into something negative … [K]ids are exposed to that day after day, and it’s not good for them.” Anxiety, not depression, is the leading mental health issue among American youths, and […]

Video: Teaching Modern Science

How can we develop a curriculum that leverages the changes adolescents experience through high school to create scientists capable of asking and answering questions that are not yet known? Here’s a compelling interview with author, inventor, Waldorf teacher, and science education mentor, Michael D’Aleo, created by the Waldorf School of the Peninsula. Watch the video here.

Reflections on our Waldorf Math Research Colloquium in NYC

By Jamie York via WaldorfToday.com A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending of a Waldorf math research colloquium in New York City with 17 colleagues. We shared math puzzles, did some geometry together, and had many fruitful discussions. I was encouraged by the quality of mathematics teaching that appears to be happening in many of our Waldorf schools, and struck by how different our methods and teaching styles are. As my professional life transitions from full-time high school math teacher to that of a traveling math missionary, I spend a good deal of time thinking about […]

Why Did Waldorf Middle School Students Beat Hopkins Engineers at Their Own Game?

Posted by The Waldorf School of Baltimore, February 23, 2014  On Wednesday February 19, 2014 a group of 4 middle school girls from the Waldorf School of Baltimore earned an honor they will never forget. After besting seven middle school teams at designing a structure made entirely of marshmallows and spaghetti, they topped that achievement by winning First Place against Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering students and alumni. This contest is an annual kickoff to celebrate National Engineer Week, and helps to promote STEM education and careers. It is called the Tower of Power in Half an Hour. The challenge […]

Connection Precedes Learning and Self-regulation ~ Why Relationships are Foundational in Education and Life

Connection Precedes Learning and Self-regulation ~ Why Relationships are Foundational in Education and Life Connection precedes learning “Putting your students’ emotional needs first is important because without feeling safe and understood, no instructional strategy will be effective.” ~ Jasper Fox, Sr.   How often and in how many ways do we make learning far more important than connection? The school system has been designed to make learning paramount and so often at the cost of the core biological need to bond. This breaks the hearts of so many teachers I present to, leaving them in tears, angry, frustrated. They dearly […]

Building Social & Emotional Intelligence in Children – How to Teach Connection and Civility

by Melissa Benaroya, heysigmund.com In our changing world, teaching children civility is more important than ever. Civility goes beyond being polite and courteous; it involves listening to others with an open mind, disagreeing respectfully, and seeking common ground to start a conversation about differences. By teaching skills like empathy, problem-solving,and perspective taking, we can help nurture civility in our children. Perspective taking. Perspective taking is a critical skill for working in groups and resolving interpersonal conflicts. When children don’t stop to think about other people’s perspectives, it’s easy for them to make inaccurate assumptions about others’ intentions. And acting on these assumptions can […]

Why is May Day Celebrated in Waldorf Schools?

From Waldorf Publications, May 1, 2015 Tra La, it’s May, the lusty month of May That cheery month when everyone goes blissfully astray. It’s time to do a shocking thing or two. Those dreary vows that everyone takes, everyone breaks, Everyone makes divine mistakes! The lusty month of May. ~ Queen Gwenevere sings in Camelot May Day is a Northern Hemisphere festival (and is also called International Workers’ Day) and is celebrated in many Waldorf schools.  It is an ancient tradition of celebrating the arrival of summer. Known as Beltane in Celtic lands, and celebrated by the Romans recognizing the goddess Flora, […]

Teens and Tech: Distinguishing Addiction from Habit

By Anya Kamenetz, NPR.com, February 5, 2018 Look up from this screen right now. Take a look around. On a bus. In a cafe. Even at a stoplight. Chances are, most of the other people in your line of sight are staring at their phones or other devices. And if they don’t happen to have one out, it is certainly tucked away in a pocket or bag. But are we truly addicted to technology? And what about our kids? It’s a scary question, and a big one for scientists right now. Still, while the debate rages on, some doctors and […]

Want happier, calmer kids? Simplify their world.

By Sandy Kreps, GreenChild.com, January 1, 2012 Children are happiest and flourish when they have the time and space to explore their world without the constraints of “too much.” “Too much” is overwhelming and stressful, whether it’s too much stuff, too much information, too many activities, too many choices, or too much speed – always hurrying from one task to the next, never a moment to relax or play. Having and doing too much can overwhelm a kid and lead to unnecessary stress at home and in the classroom. Simplifying a child’s routine and cutting down on their information and activity […]

How to Raise a Sweet Boy in an Era of Angry Men

By Faith Salie, Time.com, December 1, 2017 Hours after I gave birth to my first child, my husband cradled all five pounds of our boy and said, gently, “Hi, Sweetpea.” Not “Buddy” or “Little Man.” Sweetpea. The word filled me with unanticipated comfort. Like most parents, we knew what we’d name our son but never discussed how we’d speak to him. I was witnessing my husband’s commitment to raising a sweet boy. Because this is what the world needs now, urgently: sweet boys and people who grow them. There are so many angry men among us. There are angry women, too, but they’re […]