Newsletter Waldorf Resources #10

Dear Readers,

We begin this new year with a series of leading thoughts. An international group of 14 experienced educators offer their perspectives on 'The First Teachers’ Course' (two contributions are already online!). Today, these historic courses form the basis of Waldorf Education and also include the notes of Rudolf Steiner's lectures: 'The Foundations of Human Experience', 'Practical Advice to Teachers' and 'Discussions with Teachers' from 1919. In addition, this tenth edition of the newsletter offers many more topics and articles for all those involved in education.

As editors, we wish you a lot of fun while thinking along!
Florian Osswald, Katharina Stemann

Day 1: The art of education as a continuation of life before birth
Thoughts on 'The First Teachers Course'
On the eve of the first teachers course, Rudolf Steiner looks at the burning questions of the time and states that it is the task of the Waldorf School to develop ever-renewing cultural impulses for education which are oriented towards the development of the child...
Day 2: The human being as a breath of the cosmos
Thoughts on 'The First Teachers Course'
On the second day of his course Rudolf Steiner presents a new psychology in which spirit and body are involved. The resulting question about the middle term of this duality, i.e. about the soul that connects body and spirit, occupies the first days of the lecture course entitled The Foundations of Human Experience
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‚The Yellow Pepper‘, or what are ‚pedagogical stories‘ all about?
Children love having stories read to them. Today reading aloud has been taken a back footing. Often the media replace the human being
Understanding and Educating Transgender Youth in the Waldorf School
Appropriate treatment and rights of the transgender community has recently become a topic of much attention and controversy
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Focus on middle school – how do methodological approaches arise from the anthroposophical understanding of the human being?
Waldorf education faces existential questions: what are the inner and outer impulses with which this school movement approaches the next hundred years?.
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Digital change as a societal change
We live in a digital world that has become indispensable. Whether we encounter it with uncertainty or enthusiasm is of secondary importance. Robin Schmidt introduces us to this emerging world from a cultural-historical point of view, without bias and with a gift for philosophical reflection.
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Form drawing – a new linear art worldwide
Waldorf education resides today on all continents and in numerous cultures. During many visits to Waldorf "colonies" overseas, the question cannot be avoided as to the extent that this Central European cultural impulse is justified for example in India, China or Central and South America, in cultures which suffered or were destroyed through European colonialism.
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Active media education in class using the example of stop-motion animated film technique
This article makes the case for using digital media as tools in school in order to understand them as a means to an end. Digital media are used creatively to help make ideas visible
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"The three-fold step" as foundation to methodologic and didactic teaching
A fundamental approach to learning and understanding in Waldorf pedagogy was developed by Rudolf Steiner. It is connected to the logical steps of: observation and conclusions leading to judgement and finally concepts as a methodological foundation to connect in a holistic way to the world around us. Here the inclusion of the night and its role in our well-being plays a vital part... more
"Seven-year Periods" as heuristic tools – or: why Waldorf Education works
This essay deals with Steiner's development concept of seven-year rhythms and its differentiation
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Steiner’s Understanding of Puberty as a "Grand Metamorphosis"
In this article, the author identifies key aspects of adolescent pedagogy in Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy and considers them in terms of their educational potential. The second part, published here, focuses on the significance of puberty for the process of individuation.
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