Archive for May, 2010
Congratulations to Judy Lawson, Joanna Kroll, and Kelly Kowatch, the University of Michigan School of Information’s Career Services team, upon the publication of their book!
These women do amazing work — our school library program has a 100% placement rate! Click on the image or link below to learn more.
Recently, Waldorf education came up in a conversation. I was reminded of this 1999 Atlantic article. With its focus on matching learning objectives to the developmental needs of the kids, gentle learning, artistic expression, play, long blocks of “main lesson” time, and a focus on conceptual understanding, Waldorf holds a lot of appeal, especially for young learners. It’s always held a lot of appeal for me — the idea that kids would be immersed in a topic to the point that deep conceptual understanding could be reached without resorting to anxiety-laden and frequent testing. Rereading the article, I couldn’t help but recognize my own teaching goals in those of Waldorf founder Rudolph Steiner. Yet interestingly enough, most Waldorf schools have neither libraries nor technology. Discuss.