Living lessons, Body, Soul & Mind

Bothmer gymnastics. Relict of a previous time or impulse for the future?

By Gudrun Rehberg, October 2021

In 1929, the first article on Bothmer gymnastics appeared in Erziehungskunst. In it, Count von Bothmer described the form of movement he had developed. In 1922, Rudolf Steiner asked the Count to join the staff of the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart as a gymnastics teacher. This was at a time when the principles of Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, the father of gymnastics, and the Prussian school gymnastics of Adolf Spiess still predominated, and the main focus was on physical training in the sense of training for military service. [more]

Living lessons, Generations

More calm in the classroom

By Rosemarie Szemkus, August 2021

Children who come to my practice for art and rota therapy with restlessness, attention, concentration and hyperactivity disorders also show certain physical symptoms in addition to these conspicuous features. [more]

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 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

The magic of things foreign

By Erhard Dahl, January 2020

The formative influence of foreign language lessons. [more]

Living lessons

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

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

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]

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