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 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 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]

Living lessons, Freedom

Living concepts not definitions – botany in Waldorf school

By Nico Schapitz, September 2019

Teachers preparing themselves for the botany main lessons in the fifth or sixth year of school face a major task because they should follow a new approach suggested by Rudolf Steiner. [more]

Living lessons, Getting digitalised

Cress eurythmy

By Martin Zabel, June 2019

An experiment by a class 12 shows how the growth of cress is influenced by eurythmy. [more]

Living lessons

Language learning in blocks

By Ulrike Sievers, November 2018

Block teaching is a particular feature of Waldorf education. At the same time there is a debate as to whether this principle can be extended beyond the classic main lessons to other subjects. [more]

Living lessons

The game of world peace

By Ulrich Kaiser, June 2018

The World Peace Game in class 7 of the Hamburg Bergstedt Rudolf Steiner School. [more]

Living lessons

Temperaments in motion. Eurythmy in lower and middle school

By Helga Daniel, May 2018

Powerfully and vigorously a giant trudges through the forest. With each step he crushes several trees at once. Another – far away – prefers to track steadily through wide landscapes like flowing water. He passes through the world and sees and hears a lot. A third one likes nothing better than to be everywhere at once, like the air. He appears quite unexpectedly. And occasionally we might encounter a heedful giant with his attention turned towards the earth who will first consider where he is needed and then attempts carefully to get there. [more]

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]

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