Living lessons

What does mathematics have to do with chickens?

By Katrin Gerboth, April 2017

The biodynamic farm Gärtnerhof Callenberg in Coburg has recently undergone expansion, giving it more space for chickens. After the first batch of eggs hatched, and while the chicks wait to find a comfortable home, the class 5 at the Coburg Rudolf Steiner School took on the responsibility of planning a coop for them.  [more]

Living lessons

Repair, don’t throw away

By Walter Kraus, April 2017

Pupils at the Schwabing Rudolf Steiner School in Munich are learning how to repair things – with support from volunteer instructors – as well as the principles of sustainable management. [more]

Living lessons, Social Threefolding

Profit or the common good?

By Christoph Köhler, March 2017

Economics lessons critical of the system in class 12 at the Waldorf school in Prien. [more]

Living lessons, Time

The spirit of Christmas

By Catherine Keppel, February 2017

Why A Christmas Carol in class 8? Not only can the pupils identify with the transformation of the misanthrope Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol into a philanthropist but they can also learn skills which will serve them well into the future. [more]

Living lessons, Violence

Who’s the real newcomer? Experiences with a class of lateral entrants

By Axel Rose, January 2017

Those periods when the invisible points which determine the path of our life are reset to indicate a new direction for a person are similar to musical improvisation. The apparent chance encounter or experience often appears, looking back, to follow the inner logic of a person’s destiny. [more]

Living lessons, Essential Waldorf

¡Viva el español!

By Birgit Eschenbaum, Vicky Lucio-Fülöp, Anne Wolf, November 2016

Why Spanish is a valuable addition to the Waldorf curriculum. [more]

Living lessons, Search & Addiction

Bringing about peace through foreign language learning

By Erhard Hofmann, April 2016

Foreign language teaching – particularly in times of increasing insecurity through “foreign” influences – is of great social policy importance. In the optimum circumstances it can be a form of peace education. [more]

Living lessons, School & Job

Reflections. Invitation on a journey of discovery in the curriculum of the Waldorf schools

By Christian Boettger, March 2016

The curriculum of the Waldorf schools goes back to suggestions from Rudolf Steiner. In the course of the decades it has been considerably extended and adapted to the current requirements. It is a composition which is attuned to the anthropological and developmental psychological needs of children and young people. Like in a musical score we can identify the developmental arcs, reflections, recapitulations and variations. [more]

Living lessons, Angels

Report verses. The most proper form of temptation since the existence of self-knowledge

By Till von Grotthuss, February 2016

Developing passion and enthusiasm for our own and all those other report verses, experiencing a touch of self-knowledge – how this can work and what the report verses should be like is described by Till von Grotthuss, class teacher at the Gröbenzell Rudolf Steiner School. [more]

Living lessons, School & Farm

Zealously at work. Manual crafts communicate elementary laws of physics

By Reinhold Öxler, Ning Huang, October 2015

Manual crafts are the source and a practical application of physics, just as tools are created from applying the laws of physics. Pliers are an example which makes use of the lever principle. [more]

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