Living lessons, Teamwork

Waldorf and the push towards digitalisation

June 2021

Dr Edwin Hübner, professor at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart – Seminar for Waldorf Pedagogy and author of several books on media education, has come to the following conclusion: online teaching has not passed its practical test. [more]

Living Teachers, Sources of health

Refusing military service in Israel

May 2021

The Israeli Waldorf teacher Gilad Goldshmidt in conversation with Hallel Rabin. Hallel (19) grew up in the anthroposophical Kibbutz Harduf in Israel and attended kindergarten and Waldorf school there. The day before the interview, she received the news that the army was releasing her from prison after 56 days. [more]

Living lessons

Crafts as an elective – concealed education

By Rainer Christian Hardorp, April 2021

This text was written to introduce parents and colleagues to the underlying ideas of the Mannheim Waldorf School’s crafts concept. The term “Crafts elective” means that pupils in upper school can choose one of the crafts of wood or metal working or tailoring as a firm subject, provided they have decided to aim for the lower or intermediate secondary school leaving qualification or a qualification to study at a university of applied science.  [more]

Living Teachers

From school yard to farm yard

April 2021

In conversation with Tobias Hartkemeyer, pioneer in the field of Community Supported Agriculture and Action Pedagogy (CSA), social entrepreneur, lecturer, trainer in dialogue process facilitation and co-author of the book Dialogische Intelligenz: Aus dem Käfig des Gedachten in den Kosmos des gemeinsamen Denkens (Dialogical Intelligence: Out of the Cage of Fixed Thought into the Cosmos of Shared Thinking). [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]

Living Teachers, Magic of beginning

Pär Play – learning intuitively and playfully from life

November 2020

Teachers who practice Intuitive Pedagogy know the extent to which it trains the ability to form educational relationships and inner flexibility. The Nuremberg Teacher Training Seminar includes in its training provision a one-week course on Intuitive Pedagogy in the Easter holidays which is also open to colleagues from other Waldorf schools. Course leader Dieter Schwartz, a pupil of Pär Ahlbom and Iris Johansson, explains his approach. [more]

Living Teachers, From image to concept

The fear in people’s eyes

April 2020

The former pupil at the Reutlingen Waldorf School, Oscar Schaible (26), works in his spare time with the organisation Sea-Watch which rescues refugees in the Mediterranean and brings them to Europe. In summer 2019, the Sea-Watch 3 skippered by Carola Rackete took 33 refugees to Lampedusa despite being forbidden to enter there. [more]

Living Teachers, Transitions

Figs on the Euphrates – elders on the Neckar: the path of Hamza Salama

By Meike Bischoff, February 2020

The sturdy young man appears to fill the doorframe, he smiles awkwardly, his legs cannot hide a certain restlessness. Dark eyes look attentively from the oval face with its shock of black hair. His face awakens associations with times past – Harun al-Rashid – Euphrates and Tigris – enchanting tones ascending … [more]

Living lessons, Who educates whom?

The magic of things foreign

By Erhard Dahl, January 2020

The formative influence of foreign language lessons. [more]

Living lessons, Threefoldness

Class trip with media fasting

By Hans-Wolfgang Roth, December 2019

For the past fourteen years, Hans-Wolfgang Roth from the Stade Free Waldorf School has undertaken an at least three-week long art trip with class 12. Over the years, there have been a lot of changes, both in the itinerary for the trip and in the behaviour and every-day habits of the pupils. One of the greatest changes concerns the use of media, particularly the communication media. They disrupt the “vision search with creative means”, so they are done without. [more]

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