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Fall Course 2022

Instructional Strategies

Grades Focus - Teaching Geography in the Waldorf School

Early Childhood Focus - Body Geography – Creating the Inner Map for Self-directed Movement

Mondays 6:00 - 8:00 CST on ZOOM

September 12 - December 5, 2022

Weekend Retreat Nov 5-6 on ZOOM

Registration Deadline: August 29, 2022


Cost $1,455*


Michael Gannon 

Simone Shurney

Lynn Turner

Course Description

Participants will gain an understanding of a variety of instructional strategies designed to meet the learning styles of a diverse classroom and will come to understand brain-based learning through the lens of culturally responsive teaching. The course will cover approaches to presenting materials in the classroom with a study of the increasing research base supporting models of instruction, learning styles, motivational techniques, and effective classroom management techniques.

Overview of the Waldorf geography curriculum grades 1-8 looking at physical geography, cultural geography, and inner geography, as well as covering different approaches to map making. Gain an understanding of the value of the geography curriculum as an integrating thread with other subjects in the Waldorf curriculum.

Participants will gain an understanding of how personal, social, and physical geography are presented in early childhood. A focus on ​body geography and ​meeting the developmental needs of the young child, including developmental movement sequence, reflex maturation, sensory integration, and first grade readiness. 

*Cost of courses excludes administrative fees and supplies. Listed costs refer to Certificate Program only; there are added costs for Master's Degree students. We recognize that education can be expensive, and want to do everything we can to support our students. Financial aid and scholarships are available. Updated program tuition charts can be found here.

In order to register, you must already have applied and been accepted into the GLWI program. If you have not already done so, please go to our admissions page to learn how to apply. If you wish to take a course from our program a la carte, see here. Further questions regarding admission and registration can be sent to our Admissions Coordinator, Kira Chard, at

If you would like to learn more about Waldorf teaching, teacher education at Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, or our application process, we invite you to fill out our Inquiry Formsign up for a meeting with our Director of Teacher Education, Monika Sutherland; or email or call Kira Chard, our admissions coordinator, at or

(414) 299-3820.

Course Faculty

Non-Discrimination Statement: Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, Inc., encourages broad public support and participation in its management and activities, and shall not discriminate in any manner whatsoever against any person on the basis of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or mental or physical handicap or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and any other programs. We are committed to reflecting the diversity of our society and creating space for historically excluded and underrepresented groups to participate in all aspects of the corporation's management and activities.

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