Maine Coast Waldorf School Student & Faculty Are Winners in Freeport Historical Society Writing ContestMaine Coast Waldorf School Student & Faculty Are Winners in Freeport Historical Society Writing Contest
Monday, January 14, 2019

In December, Maine Coast Waldorf School ninth graders submitted short stories for the Second Annual Freeport Historical Society Writing Contest that focused on the current exhibit’s theme of blacksmiths and shopkeepers. Freshman Wes Teegarden’s story won first place in the high school category, and German and Humanities teacher Ann Coltman took home second place in […]

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Seniors’ Significant Books, etc.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Each year in the Modern History block, the twelfth graders are asked to make an annotated list of what they consider to be the most significant books, albums, films, scientific/technological advancements and political/social movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I always find these lists fascinating and wanted to share some of this with the […]

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Maine Coast Waldorf Shines in Poetry ContestsMaine Coast Waldorf Shines in Poetry Contests
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Seven Maine Coast students were among the 20 finalists selected by Merriconeag Poetry Festival co-judges and well-known Maine poets Lee Sharkey and Linda Aldrich.  The students—ninth grader Ava Teegarden, sophomores Isabel Konstantino, Wilson Haims, Finn Dierks-Brown, and seniors Cassandra Albano, Emma Goldberg-Courtney and Fiona Libby–will be honored at the Festival on Sunday, April 30. In […]

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More Awards for Teacher & Poet David SloanMore Awards for Teacher & Poet David Sloan
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Congratulations to High School Humanities teacher and accomplished poet David Sloan! He was awarded the Margaret F. Tripp Poetry Award in the Fourth Annual Joy of the Pen writing competition at the Topsham Public Library. You can find his poem, “Muddying the Waters,” along with the work of all of the winners, in the Joy […]

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Thinking, Feeling and Willing in Waldorf EducationThinking, Feeling and Willing in Waldorf Education
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Waldorf education is an educational journey that works with and builds upon the stages of child development.  What a child needs at age 6 is entirely different from what a child needs at age 10 or 15.  Along with this comes the acknowledgement that every individual has something inherent to offer.  Often, when hearing of […]

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In Their Own Words—Creative Writing in the High SchoolIn Their Own Words—Creative Writing in the High School
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

One of our most important tasks as high school teachers is to teach our students how to write. In many schools, however, that writing is limited to analytical essays and research papers. Learning such skills is undeniably crucial for young people intent on higher education, but focusing solely on expository writing at this level is […]

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History and Economics in the Waldorf High SchoolHistory and Economics in the Waldorf High School
Monday, April 4, 2016

There are many approaches to the study of history. The lens through which one observes the past will determine the lessons one can draw from that past. For example, a Marxist approach would focus on the relationship and struggle between the economic classes. One can look primarily at cultural history or trends in the history […]

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Elevating the Word: The Power of Poetry in the High SchoolElevating the Word: The Power of Poetry in the High School
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

“Poems build our capacity for imaginative thinking, create a tolerance for ambiguity, and foster an appreciation for the role of the unknown in human life.” Tony Hoagland, Author of Twenty Little Poems that Could Save America Three years ago, then Merriconeag senior Tyler O’Brien earned the title of Maine state champion in the nationwide Poetry Out Loud […]

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Geography: Earth’s StoriesGeography: Earth’s Stories
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Yesterday, the fifth grade was discussing why a tale like Paul Bunyan came to be. A man taller than a house? A blue ox nearly as tall? There were several musings. “Well, maybe there was a big baby and over time, as the tale was told, people described him as bigger and bigger.” Or, “Everything […]

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Letter to the ShepherdsLetter to the Shepherds
Thursday, December 18, 2014

David wrote this letter to the high school seniors playing the parts of the shepherds in our upcoming Shepherd’s Play.  It illustrates beautifully the depth that lies behind this joyous production. Dearest Gallus, Huckle, Muckle & Crispin~ As your director, there is much I can do to help you bring to life a wondrous, funny, warm and […]

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