When there is a lack of completed development, students struggle to learn: The Extra Lesson™, developed by Waldorf educator Audrey McAllen, meets these students’ needs. The Extra Lesson is a program of movement, drawing, and painting exercises for students with learning and/or behavioral challenges. Teachers looking to further their understanding of child development as a foundation for learning, as well as to learn more practical pedagogical approaches, will find this program supportive of their daily classroom work.
Extra Lesson assessments and exercises are the foundational material for the Remedial Education Program. Rudolf Steiner’s indications for curative education, including the soul and constitutional types, are also covered. The sources of students' learning and behavior challenges are thoroughly explored, from developmental and educational to medical, neurological and therapeutic perspectives. How to use children’s drawings as indicators of their developmental level is another vital topic. Various educational, therapeutic, Waldorf, anthroposophic, and mainstream support resources are included as well. By relating the individual learning differences to students’ developmental situations, teachers can develop appropriate activities that meet the needs of their students, whether in the classroom, small groups or in individual lessons.
The Remedial Education Program is a part-time course of study designed to educate Waldorf teachers and related professionals in educational support theory and practice. This support includes assessment; individual drawing, painting, and movement exercises; creative tutoring; as well as classroom strategies to aid challenged students with their daily school work. Graduates of this program work as classroom teachers, educational support teachers, resource teachers, educational therapists, therapeutic educators, or educational consultants.
The program is designed to give participants the opportunity to do the following:
*Professionals who have been trained in Therapeutic Eurythmy, Spacial Dynamics™, Speech Formation, or anthroposophically-oriented Art or Music Therapy will also be considered. Prerequisites must be approved by the Program Director, Ingun Schneider.
This program begins in the fall every two years and meets three times a year for three years. Sessions are held over a four-day weekend in the fall and spring, and for two weeks in the summers. Between sessions, students have extensive reading, research, movement, painting, form drawing, and observation assignments. The second and third years include work with a mentor.
A new cycle begins every two years, and the next one begins November 2014.
Each session includes theory and practical activities, as well as the following:
Successful completion of this program culminates in a Remedial Waldorf Teaching Diploma.
Ingun Schneider, P.T., M.A. has a MA from Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden and is an educational support teacher specializing in the Extra Lesson approach. Her international work as a remedial education mentor and consultant has taken her to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Israel, Hungary, Spain, and the Scandinavian countries. Previously she has worked as a Waldorf class teacher (grades 1–8), a physical therapist, and a Lamaze childbirth educator. She is a graduate of the Spacial Dynamics™ Institute in-service training and is on the Board of the International Extra Lesson Association (IELA).