Editorial

Free spaces

By Mathias Maurer, April 2021

We start 2021 with somewhat mixed feelings. What did we wish for at New Year? What did we resolve to do? Will the New Year bring the longed-for return to normality, as it once was in 2019? What of our wishes goes beyond that?  [more]

Birth and Spirit

“For unto us a child is born”. Incarnation in a time of omnipresent screens

By Edwin Hübner, March 2021

“For unto us a child is born” – those are the glad tidings of Christmas which give us a feeling of hope. In fact, something new and unique starts with the birth of every human being. For us parents and teachers, it is an ideal to create for this developing human being paths into their future while at the same time protecting them – as the Christmas story also tells – from everything that tries to harm the child. On the one hand protection, on the other hand creating developmental opportunities – this is what we want to give the newborn child as a gift. [more]

Birth and Spirit

Do machines have to teach us what it means to be human?

By Claus-Peter Röh, March 2021

The year 2020, marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, led to major challenges and changes in the educational landscape. The primary task facing each school community after the lockdown was to implement the changing policies in such a way that teaching could resume. In order to achieve this goal, many changes were necessary, e.g. in timetables, groupings and forms of teaching, up to and including significantly increased home schooling and e-learning. [more]

Birth and Spirit

When Christmas really no longer exists

By Alexandra Handwerk, March 2021

What to do when young people can no longer be bothered with Christmas trees, church and carol singing? [more]

Publisher's View, Birth and Spirit

The hamster wheel at rest

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, March 2021

For centuries, life in our latitudes was shaped by the recurring change of the four seasons. [more]

Living lessons, Birth and Spirit

Does Joseph belong in the Nativity scene?

By Thomas Peek, March 2021

Every year at Advent, class teachers are faced with the challenge of creating a suitable Christmas blackboard drawing for their class. While younger children prefer to discover and name the contents of the picture, middle school pupils also want to comment on it and if possible even help to create it. If the Christmas blackboard drawing is created over several days in smaller work steps, many suggestions from pupils can be incorporated. This provides the class with opportunities for very personal conversations. Experience shows that these dialogues can touch on depths in children and young people that are otherwise not touched upon in any of the main lessons provided for in the curriculum. [more]

Birth and Spirit, Waldorf worldwide

A hospital turned Waldorf school. The Markgräflerland project in Portugal

By Pedro Miguel et al., March 2021

It was a very special step for our “Olive Tree School” in Figueira on the Algarve: after careful consideration and planning, we decided to expand our school from classes 1 to 6 to classes 1 to 8. [more]

Series, Birth and Spirit

“Parent work” – from the class teacher’s perspective

By Semjon Schmidt-Rüdt, March 2021

What actually is “parent work”? How does it become apparent and what role does the teacher play in it? An overview of this essential task is given by a class teacher of 20 years’ standing. [more]

Editorial

Between appearance and reality

By Mathias Maurer, March 2021

We were sitting at our evening meal. A time to talk about what occupied us during the day. [more]

It sings and sounds

The inner dancer

By Stephan Ronner, February 2021

Music as the mother tongue of human beings communicates beyond all conceptual languages – from the hearts of those who are singing directly to the hearts of those who listen and resonate with them. It is the mission of the musical life in upper school to let people experience something of this. Everyone should experience and try out how far their own musical wings can carry them, how far they are able to reach out and touch others emotionally – not verbally. [more]

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