Waldorf Resources: A project of the International Forum for Steiner Waldorf Education

By Florian Osswald, December 2014

Rudolf Steiner's educational impulse can be found all over the world. Today, there are Steiner Waldorf schools and kindergartens on every continent, focusing on the child and her education. However, the motives expressed by Steiner at the onset of the school movement and the methodology of teaching call for contemporary and culture-specific renewal and adaptation

On our homepage we want to provide a sweeping landscape of preparation material and connect the pebbles by the wayside with the cosmos. The choice of this online medium dictates its form; however, we are dedicated to our core tasks, particularly on focused self-development which enables people to become creative teachers and educators. 

Education is not science but art; it always happens in the present moment. Education is always an encounter with the individual in need of encouragement. The art of education starts with direct human contact. Lesson preparation, in this sense, also includes a review. We cannot plan exactly what will happen in the actual moment, therefore we need to look back after the event and study it with hindsight.

The Project

Waldorf Resources wants to support the teacher's process of individual lesson preparation which is not bound to any cultural or national conventions. We have chosen to create a homepage because it is easily and worldwide accessible. A homepage is a platform for exchange but it cannot replace conferences or face to face discussions. The page wants to encourage the reader's individual initiative and educational ideas. We will help to find more suitable forms for any topics which go beyond the scope of a website.

The site is offered in Spanish, English and German and contains the following elements:

Forums

The site is designed for people who work with Rudolf Steiner's educational impulse in a contemporary setting; this includes contact and dialogue with likeminded people. The forums offer the possibility to get in touch with each other after conferences or in specific interest groups.

Texts and Papers

The published articles and essays are individual and do not offer any recipes but aim to encourage holistic thinking processes. They relate to various school subjects, age groups and further topics.

Links

The homepage focuses on its core tasks; therefore, we are offering a list of links to websites which take you further afield.

Calendar of Events

Here, you will find information about international meetings, conferences and further education held in more than one language for participants from various countries. For national events please refer to the relevant national associations or training centres.

We hope that this new homepage meets the needs of teachers, educators and other education professionals worldwide. The editors are happy to receive any feedback such as questions, critical thoughts or ideas.

www.waldorf-resources.org

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