Living lessons

Zealously at work. Manual crafts communicate elementary laws of physics

By Reinhold Öxler, Ning Huang, October 2015

Manual crafts are the source and a practical application of physics, just as tools are created from applying the laws of physics. Pliers are an example which makes use of the lever principle. [more]

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Waldi2go – an experiment in real life

By Sven Saar, May 2015

The Wahlwies class teacher Sven Saar is convinced that we can actually teach twelve-year-old children anything we want: done in the right way and with confidence in their abilities, they will undertake the tasks they are given conscientiously and responsibly – as here in the case of setting up a company. [more]

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Digital main lesson books

By Franz Peter Waritsch, January 2015

Technical inventions have always been an enticing and successful business for the Swedes. Matches, ball bearings, Tetra Pak, dynamite, battery operated cardiac pacemakers and computer mice have changed day-to-day life all over the world. Sweden also has the edge when it comes to the field of telecommunications. A new boom came along with the Internet. Fibre-optic cables have been adopted by households everywhere. In 2010, 92 percent of the population made use of the Internet. This development held implications for schools. In Göteborg digital main lesson books have been developed. [more]

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Celebrating Africa

By Marcus Kraneburg, August 2013

Geography in class 7 deals with foreign continents. The pupils are 13 years old on average and the time of inner awakening starts. The middle of childhood has been passed. The phase of the greatest absence of any cares which life has prepared for us has come to an end. The curriculum of the Waldorf school takes account of that and seeks to find the correspondence to the inner developmental situation of the child. In geography that means: setting out for new horizons! [more]

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Classics in class 5. Why a Greek main lesson still makes sense today

By Bero von Schilling, June 2013

Class five pupils live in the transition from mythical and pictorial feeling and thinking to a rational observation of the world and human beings. Both these things can be found in the Greek main lesson. [more]

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The world in my hand

By Ute Stockinger-Seitz, June 2012

It is Monday morning. I am standing in the classroom of class three. Silence still reigns. Thirty-six lumps of clay lie ready prepared, one for every child. The pupils stream into the classroom and quickly the space fills with voices. There is laughter and calling, but not everyone appears to be in a good mood. Some look tired or keyed up. [more]

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Dancing letters can clear the head

By Matthias Jeuken, January 2012

“What’s eurythmy actually good for?” Waldorf pupils ask in eurythmy lessons. Or: “How can you explain what eurythmy is?” If we succeed in answering such questions in an age-appropriate and clear way, the conversation can strengthen the acceptance and motivation of pupils beyond simply understanding what eurythmy is, and it can thus support the intentions of eurythmy.  [more]

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