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, We and the bees

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, Elements

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]

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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]

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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

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

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

¡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

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]

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