Social Work

The time of social work at Waldorf schools has come. From the initial idea to daily practice

By Fridtjof Meyer-Radkau, April 2021

In the last three years, there has been a growing interest in social work at Waldorf schools. The first request to present my work in a lecture came from Bremen at the beginning of 2018. Since then, I have given many lectures at other Waldorf schools and have been able to introduce the work of a Waldorf school social worker to school faculties, pupil bodies and parents. [more]

Publisher's View, Birth and Spirit

The hamster wheel at rest

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, March 2021

For centuries, life in our latitudes was shaped by the recurring change of the four seasons. [more]

Series, Birth and Spirit

“Parent work” – from the class teacher’s perspective

By Semjon Schmidt-Rüdt, March 2021

What actually is “parent work”? How does it become apparent and what role does the teacher play in it? An overview of this essential task is given by a class teacher of 20 years’ standing. [more]

Column

News from the AD(H)D front

By Henning Köhler, September 2015

Shortly before his death, the US psychiatrist Leon Eisen­berg, one of the “inventors” of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, confessed that this was a prime example of a fabricated illness. He deeply regretted his error because the actual (mostly psychosocial) causes for the symptoms were ignored if an inherited neurochemical imbalance is assumed and methylphenidate prescribed. [more]

Early childhood

Children’s drawings. A window to the world of life forces

By Raphaela Tampe, February 2018

Children’s drawings tell the story of how children unconsciously move into their body. In drawing, the small child expresses a feeling of those forces which are active in forming the body in the first seven years. Rudolf Steiner calls these biological growth forces life or etheric forces. They build, form and penetrate the physical body and the drawings of the small child are an expression of these forces. [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 Teachers

From school yard to farm yard

April 2021

In conversation with Tobias Hartkemeyer, pioneer in the field of Community Supported Agriculture and Action Pedagogy (CSA), social entrepreneur, lecturer, trainer in dialogue process facilitation and co-author of the book Dialogische Intelligenz: Aus dem Käfig des Gedachten in den Kosmos des gemeinsamen Denkens (Dialogical Intelligence: Out of the Cage of Fixed Thought into the Cosmos of Shared Thinking). [more]

Waldorf worldwide

Woodie’s creations

By Elrisha Ochurus, Magareth Nuru-Khom, Emanuela Kaxuxuena, John Nanghonda, April 2021

The Learners Company of the Windhoek Waldorf School in Namibia. [more]

Young writers, The art of teaching

You are never too small to make a difference

By Emilia Mattukat, May 2019

“You are never too small to make a difference,” said the 15-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg in her speech “Climate justice now” at the climate conference in Poland. She was making the point that none of us are too small to change something. [more]

Spotlight

No life in freedom and dignity without risks

April 2021

Interview with Michaela Glöckler, paediatrician and former head of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum. [more]

Media

Transforming materials and the maker

By Martyn Rawson, March 2020

From an evolutionary perspective tools and the social practices they were embedded in and how these responded to the environments people dwelled in, were crucial to the emergence of human societies.  [more]

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