Grade Eight marks a significant milestone for the students and teacher, many of whom have journeyed together since Grade One. Grade Eight represents both the culmination of the middle school experience, which by now has grown familiar and comfortable, and the transition to high school with its exciting unknowns.
Amid studies of the great revolutions and the dawn of new societies, students weigh tradition against progress. Reading Shakespeare, writing lab reports, and examining current events, the class moves toward an evaluation of what is true. At the same time, a gradual but significant shift is taking place: the didactic presentation of a subject by the teacher is giving way to the mutual consideration of a subject by teacher and class together. A sense of community develops, in which speaking becomes more thoughtful, listening more attentive. The result is a greater sense of self. More importantly, students leave with compelling questions that will continue to fuel their love of learning in the years ahead.
Algebra & Platonic Solids
Elizabeth Roosevelt grew up in Selma, Alabama and attended boarding school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She received her B.A. in German from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and her Waldorf teaching certificate from the Irish Steiner Waldorf Association in County Clare, Ireland. After teaching kindergarten for two years in Ireland, she moved to Atlanta and assisted in the school's 5-day kindergarten program before taking her current class in the first grade. Elizabeth has also taught Grade Four at Linden Corner Waldorf School in Nashville, Tennessee. She has directed an extended day program, taught theatrical games and movement, and volunteered in public schools and community programs for elementary school children. Elizabeth enjoys reading, writing, music, travel, and the arts.
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