Newsletter Waldorf Resources #9

Dear Readers,

These are the "homework" for this issue of our newsletter:
- learn to understand challenging behaviour
- fostering curiosity in the natural sciences
- adapting story material to the regional curriculum
- creating free space for exercise
- let the youth take responsibility
- learn to think mathematics independently
We have published background notes on these tasks on
Have fun working on these "homework"!
The editors: Florian Osswald, Karin Smith, Katharina Stemann

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"Attitude Is a Small Thing That Makes a Big Difference"
Approaches to understanding and dealing with challenging behaviour

The quote from Sir Winston Churchill mentioned in the title is an important benchmark for dealing with children and young people with challenging behaviour. A look at practice shows that employees in schools and boarding schools are increasingly confronted with children and adolescents who not only challenge their behaviour, but often overtax all those involved, including parents...
Promoting curiosity
Curiosity is a wonder of the human mind. It goes to the heart of modernity, as a driving force for learning, novel insights and innovation, both for individuals and communities. In societies dependent on science and development, finding out what promotes or hampers curiosity and wonder in school curricula and science education should be accordingly essential.
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The Significance of Puberty for the Process of Individuation
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 first part, published here, focuses on the significance of puberty for the process of individuation..
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International Curriculum: Choosing story material
After almost 100 years of Waldorf pedagogy the question as how to adapt the curriculum to different places continues to be a challenge. Today we can add the dimension of time, by asking what the challenges of the times we live in place on the curriculum we teach. What curriculum do our students need here, where we live? In this paper I address the interesting question of story material within the curriculum. The research that went into this made me realize that the core problem is the notion of equivalence. There are often no equivalences, because Grimm’s fairy tales are different to Celtic, Finnish, East African or Asian tales... more
Movement in childhood
Movement is one of life’s age-old phenomena. We probably never associate life with movement more than when we see children in action. In her article Elisabeth Frank introduces the subject of movement, an excerpt from the book " Fundamental Aspects of Sports Lessons" published by Freies Geistesleben 2018.
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Fundamental Aspects of Sports Lessons in the Waldorf School
Why do I practice certain movement sequences in class? How should they be practiced? What movement qualities do I train? What effect do they have on the healthy development of children and adolescents? Together with Lutz Gerding, Gerlinde Idler has published the book "Fundamental Aspects of Sports Lessons", published by Freies Geistesleben 2018, which provides basic information and food for thought on almost 300 pages full of pictures.
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Fundamental Aspects of Sports Lessons in the Waldorf School
Mathematics confronts teachers with a pivotal question: Do we explain mathematics, or do we encourage students to think for themselves and form their own mental images, out of which they then generate mathematics? ‘Opening Mathematics’ wants to encourage Waldorf teachers around the world to entrust students with more mathematical production through the use of open-ended mathematics problems in the classroom and to reflect upon their use. For more resources, please refer to the website
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