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Waldorf Communities Respond to COVID 19

In a letter to community written by David Barham, Faculty Chair at the Maine Coast Waldorf School, he states, “Certainly none of us would choose digitized instruction over the beauty of face to face interaction in the lovely Waldorf classrooms we are so lucky to have. However, it is those very potent human relationships, cultivated over time between young human beings and committed teachers, that give shape and meaning to our version of distance learning.”
 
With David’s words in mind, AWSNA shares a glimpse into Waldorf Distance Learning and Community Life during COVID-19.
 

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Creative Skills Benefit Arts and STEM

Researchers have found that creativity used in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is very similar to creativity use in the arts, indicating that a holistic approach to teaching creativity in schools and universities would benefit all disciplines.

Students Who Inquire, Learn

When students generate their own questions around a subject, they deepen their knowledge of the topic and their ability to remember it.

Latest Research on Cursive Handwriting

Scientists found that cursive writing and drawing activated brain areas important for memory and the encoding of new information and, therefore, helped “provide the brain with optimal conditions for learning.” This was not seen in the subjects who were typewriting. 

The Case for Going Outdoors All Winter

The pandemic has made a new case for winter outdoor activity. As British fellwalker, guidebook author and illustrator, Alfred Wainwright, said, “There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” It seems that many more are willing to embrace this motto now that indoor activities are curtailed. 

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