The “how” of things is a critical part to a Waldorf student’s 10th grade year. How does the past influence the present in writing, in history? How does ancient history reflect in modern history? Physics class has them examining how force, motion, and gravity work. Waldorf education brings this question of how out of the classroom and into the world with practicums. A practicum is an experience that requires the practical application of theory or conceptual knowledge. These experiences allow students to explore in new ways and see how their learning relates to real life.
Our 10th grade students have the opportunity to participate in an Artisan Practicum. “Traditionally, that has meant shadowing an artisan to learn how something can be created and brought to market. it is becoming more and more difficult to find artisans able to take in students, we have also placed interested students in small businesses, which will dovetail beautifully with the Entrepreneurship block they will begin after spring break.” explains Elisabeth Burgess, German and ESL Teacher & Exchange Coordinator.
We are so appreciative of the businesses who have hosted our students this year:
Bridge Street Chocolates
Birchrun Hill Farm, Cheese Making
Corkum Tree Farm
Realty One Group
Honey Flour Bake Shop
Practicums are one more way that Kimberton Waldorf School helps students acquire skills for a lifetime of learning. Read more about our all school learning goals here: All School Learning Goals – Kimberton Waldorf School