Aspects of Waldorf Education

The child knows

By Wolfgang Saßmannshausen, November 2018

Human beings live in time. This means that the relationship with their own life changes at different times. [more]

Aspects of Waldorf Education

Teachers, do your homework

By Martin Carle, November 2018

Having worked for many years as a class teacher, school principal and trainer, I keep seeing how many colleagues and students there are who seem to have little idea whether or not Rudolf Steiner actually said anything on the subject of homework – and if so, what. And even when they were familiar with Steiner’s remarks, they clearly found it difficult to draw the conclusions that arise from them: that would have required a radical abandonment of what we have hitherto been familiar with – both in 1919 and almost 100 years later. [more]

Aspects of Waldorf Education

One step at a time. An experience report on introducing cursive handwriting

By Ludger Helming-Jacoby, November 2018

Maria-Anna Schulze Brüning and Stephan Clauss have published a heartfelt plea calling for the preservation of cursive handwriting. Their conclusion is devastating: every sixth pupil no longer has usable longhand. How, then, can children learn good handwriting and when is the right time to introduce it?  [more]

Publisher's View

Envelopment

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, November 2018

“Today it’s the school’s birthday!” calls Lena full of anticipation as she puts on her costume for the class play with which she and her class 2 will welcome the new and muuuuuch younger class 1 pupils in an hour. [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]

Spotlight

Children need a private life!

By Susanne Bregenzer, November 2018

“Have we got off now, Mum?” – “Yes.” – “Two days?” – “Two days and this afternoon.” The shoes fly off, followed by the clothes. [more]

Editorial

At a loss

By Mathias Maurer, November 2018

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation has published a study which looked at educational and parenting guides and the underlying styles of education since 1945.* If we look at the curve of their development, we can see that authoritarian and liberal styles of education alternate in monotonous regularity about every ten years. It could thus also be read as the intergenerational fluctuation in the relationship between grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren, whereby it is surprising to note that certain styles of education stubbornly persist. [more]

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