From kindergarten nature walks to high school studies of optics, evolution and biological chemistry, Waldorf education develops the curiosity, creativity and imagination necessary for success in the sciences. We will look at how and why teaching 'from the phenomena' excites learners about science and develops scientific thinking. You will learn how Waldorf science teachers work with the phenomena differently at each stage, specifically during the middle grades of the child's development to enliven and inspire.
Christine Gruhn teaches math and science at the Sacramento Waldorf School where she is also the speech and debate coach. She has taught the science curriculum to middle grades teachers at Rudolf Steiner College and was twice a middle grades class teacher at the Davis Waldorf School. Prior to becoming a Waldorf educator she earned a PhD in fungal physiology at Virginia Tech, worked in the genetic engineering field, as a health educator at UC Davis, and taught at both the University of the Pacific and Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, where she designed and taught the college's first service learning course in the sciences. She is currently researching the impact of healthy eating and gardening instruction on developing healthy lifestyles and scientific thinking in low income children in afterschool programs. She is the parent of two Waldorf educated sons.