A Handbook for Steiner-Waldorf Class Teachers, 3rd Edition
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This popular book has undergone an extensive update and revision, resulting in the 3rd edition of this useful and practical resource book. Published in association with the Steiner-Waldorf Schools Fellowship, the book provides detailed suggestions and checklists cor Classes 1 through 8 for both the Waldorf teacher and home educator. Extensive appendices feature a compilation of sample planners to use as well as sample record tables for both students and teachers. A hugely practical assist to any Waldorf educator, Avison's often witty advice provides an interesting and easy-to-navigate handbook for creative classroom activities and management.
Table of Contents:
- 1.0 The Imponderables
- 1.1 Readiness for Class One
- 1.2 Checklist: Class One Readiness
- 1.3 Starting Out -- Class One
- 1.4 Recording and Self-evaluation
- 1.5 Checklists for Classes One--Three
- 1.6 About Imitation
- 1.7 ...and Circle Time
- 1.8 Movement Skills for Classes One--Four
- 1.9 Classes Four and Five Skills Checklist
- 1.10 Classes Six and Seven Checklist
- 2.0 Planning Ahead
- 2.1 Preparation
- 2.2 Readiness
- 2.3 Review
- 2.4 Rehearse
- 2.5 And the Fourth "R"!
- 2.6 The Curriculum
- 2.7 Curriculum and Basic Skills
- 2.8 Class One
- 2.9 Class Two
- 2.10 Class Three
- 2.11 A Selection of Lessons from the Curriculum for Classes Four--Eight
- 2.12 Morning Lessons
- 2.13 Parent and Teacher -- Enthusiasm for Education!
- 2.14 Of Meetings and Learnings
- Appendix A Movement Skills
- Appendix B Checklist: Indicators of Possible Special Learning Needs
- Appendix C An Interpretive Device
- Appendix D A Possible Foundation Script
- Appendix E Number Orientation -- to help your children face number symbols correctly
- Appendix F Self-evaluation
- Appendix G Planners and Record Sheets
- Appendix H Record Keeping -- for individual children
- Appendix I When Nothing Seems to be Working
- Appendix J Your Most Precious Resource -- care for your voice!
- Appendix K How Are Your Children Sitting?
- Appendix L An Aid to Note Taking
This edition replaces A Handbook for Waldorf Class Teachers, 2nd Edition.
144 pages, 8 1/4" x 9 1/2", 2016.
Available June, 2016. Pre-order now!
Towards Creative Teaching - 3rd Edition
Notes to an Evolving Curriculum for Steiner Waldorf Class Teachers
Edited by Martyn Rawson and Kevin Avison
Translated by Johanna Collis
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Towards Creative Teaching is a truly comprehensive overview of all main-lesson and accompanying subjects, offering a wealth of guidance, knowledge and inspiration for Waldorf class teachers. This wonderful resource book for Steiner-Waldorf teachers offers ideas for planning, shaping and developing lessons for Classes 1 to 8.
Taking the Waldorf curriculum as its basis, and without being restrictive or prescriptive, this book comes out of a teachers' working group and provides helpful suggestions to both class teachers and subject specialists, adding to the richness and imagination of each teacher's own work.
It offers a truly comprehensive overview of all main-lesson and accompanying subjects, bringing with it a wealth of guidance, knowledge and inspiration for Waldorf class teachers.
A must-have for any class teacher or homeschooler working within Waldorf education. Very highly recommended!
This edition replaces Towards Creative Teaching - 2nd Edition.
256 pages, 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 2013.
The Essence of Waldorf Education
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Schools reflect the state of society. If society is materialistic, competitive, egoistic, technological, and without concern for human values and long-term thinking, our schools will tend to reflect those values. However, what if education were about something else? What if education were about the future? What if education were a about nurturing a new generation of human beings, integrated in body, soul, and spirit and able to think for themselves and have the capacity to love? Perhaps the world would change. The Waldorf school, initiated and guided in 1919 by Rudolf Steiner, was conceived with precisely such an end in view.
In this passionate, inspiring, and moving book, Peter Selg, speaks from a deep knowledge of Anthroposophy and from his extensive experience as a child psychiatrist. He returns to the original impulses behind the first Waldorf school to show their continuing validity and how they still respond to what we need.
From this view, Waldorf education is future-oriented, based on a holistic worldview and cosmology that is humanistic, scientific, and spiritual, and develops through a curriculum and a teacher-student relationship based on love. Its focus is the miracle of the developing human being. Recognizing the equal importance of thinking, feeling, and willing, Waldorf education works through bodily movement and art, as well as through intellect and mind.
Waldorf Education is not a theory but a living reality, and Selg brings this reality to life before us through the biography of the first Waldorf school. Thus, we learn to see it in a new way—in its essence, as a healing model of what education might become if the primary relationship, the inner core of a school, is the free relationship between teacher and student.
Waldorf Education in Practice
Exploring How Children Learn in the Lower Grades
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Else Göttgens is one of the most remarkable people I have ever met. She has an infectious sense of humor and a wisdom that runs deep and clear. The few times I was in her presence she said things about children and teaching and human beings in general that I have never forgotten and continue to use as foundations for my own life dozens of years later. As one could expect from such a person,Waldorf Education in Practice is inspiring at its core, practical at every turn, and really good reading, too.
Else covers just about every aspect of teaching grade school children, and always from her experience and always with excellent, do-able suggestions. I'm going to share with you one short section, which I believe captures the flavor of this book anyone who teaches will want to keep near their bedsides for nightly refreshment.
Getting the Children to Laugh
I once knew a teacher who did not make it. He struggled withhis teaching, but on top of that, he threw occasional tempers. He was "not rehired". And yet, for quite a long time after he had left the school, the children still talked about him -- warmly! When asked about this, they answered: "We liked him, he made us laugh!"
Life is rea, life is earnest -- for us, adults. Not yet for children! Nothing makes them "light up" like sharing the funny side of life with them.
And there is another aspect to this: a hygienic one.
Rudolf Steiner speaks about it, how in sadness or seriousness the soul withdraws more deeply into the body. When we laugh, the opposite takes place: We go to the periphery of our body. And this "balancing act" is needed for good health.
So, we should take for our motto:
"Every lesson where the children never laughed is a lost lesson."
Especially at first, we might have to consciously include this in our preparation: bringing out the funny side of some of our "learning material". If you cannot do this yet, find some joke and bring that in the appropriate part of the lesson. Steiner's advice!
And what did I find: evoking laughter profited me as much as it did the children!
To close this chapter: a summary and some advice:
The seven points in this chapter have been found helpful by a number of people, in the preparation of their lessons.
Many people spend most of their time on what to teach. However, particularly in the lower classes, that is not the main issue.
It is the how that matters by far the most. It is the "how" that entices the children to "work willingly and learn greedily". Being allowed to let contents mature during sleep, being fed with images, finding something new to be interested in every day, experiencing your learning matter through your own body, being met in your own temperament, to be given tasks that ask for an effort, but are within your range of power, and very specially: having all this lightened up by humor: very few children can resist this invitation to work.
And this is just a taste of the good things you will find in Else's beautiful Waldorf Education in Practice. This is the most life-filled book on the subject I've ever read and I know that life will stream into the world and inspire much teaching and learning joy.
Waldorf-inspired Methods in the Public School
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Transformational Teaching carries within it the quality of "aliveness," an enthusiasm of heart and mind, that Steiner said again and again must always accompany any teaching that would be of true worth for the future of humanity. The original Waldorf School founded in Stuttgart in 1919 was, in today's parlance, a charter school. It was chartered under the Department of Education of the state of Wurttemburg, Germany, which included educational goals by grade that the school agreed to meet. The students were tested, both in writing and by state inspectors who arrived annually to conduct oral examinations. Steiner's curriculum for that school was a beautiful marriage addressing the needs of that society, children, humanity's future, and the spiritual world. This curriculum was indeed a sacred act; it was also an act of human kindness and an answer to the practical needs of that place and that time.
Mary Goral and her colleagues have carried this founding impulse forward into the public school system, working tirelessly and with love to integrate the Waldorf approach into the classrooms offering public education. Her book both documents the appropriateness and excellent results of Waldorf education, and also inspires with examples of "public Waldorf" at work on behalf of the students it reaches. It is exciting and hopeful to read Transformational Teaching. We hope that it helps to positively transform the education for many, many students.
Education Towards Freedom
A survey of the work of Waldorf schools throughout the world
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This is a gorgeous book, packed with children's artwork and photographs of one beautiful school after another. With it you can embark on a luxury tour of hte best Waldorf education has to offer - and learn a great deal in the process. This is a book to linger over and return to again and again.
Education towards Freedom was first published in 1976 and, since then, has sold more than ten thousand copies in English. When it appeared, there were around one hundred Waldorf schools throughout the world; now there are almost a thousand schools worldwide, as well as many independent playgroups and kindergartens.
During this time, Waldorf education has become known increasingly in the mainstream, and increasingly valued for its alternative approaches to children’s learning and development. The great breadth and richness of the approach has attracted many parents to its schools, as well as books on the subject, which have helped parents make the informed choices on a different route for their children.
The book covers all aspects of Waldorf education, dividing it into the preschool years, the first eight years (starting about age seven), and the last four years (from ages fourteen to eighteen). Also included are sections on the rhythm of the day, specific subjects, the use of textbooks, and school in the modern world.
Leaving Room for the Angels
Eurythmy and the Art of Teaching
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This is a remarkable book! Every Waldorf teacher will want to read the first section, whether they teach at home or in the classroom. It contains wisdom and practical advice that can carry all of us far. It is especially insightful with regard to adolescence. The second part of the book is for eurythmists. Reg Down illustrates forms and gives special hints to make life easier for all eurythmy teachers.
Waldorf Schools - Vol 1
Kindergarten and Early Grades
33 articles from Education as an Art, Bulletin of the Waldorf Schools of North America
Selected and edited by Ruth Pusch, with an introduction by Betty Staley
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For almost 40 years teachers of Waldorf/Rudolf Steiner schools have shared their thoughts and experiences in the bulletin Education as an Art . Now Ruth Pusch has gathered together in this volume 33 of the best articles that focus on kindergarten and the early grades, making them available to a new generation of parents and teachers.
Here you'll find some of the leading lights of the Waldorf School movement, speaking again upon these pages: William Harrer, Henry Barnes, Marjorie Spock, John Gardner, Frederick Hiebel, Francis Edmunds, Gisela O'Neil and many more. Really, many more.
The topics addressed range from very basic questions: What Do We Mean by Education as an Art? to the inner meaning of measles as a childhood disease to the importance of fairy tales. Truly a potent gathering of thoughts by those who paved the way.
Waldorf Schools - Upper Grades and High School
Upper Grades and High School
34 Articles from Education as an Art, Bulletin of the Waldorf Schools of North America
Selected, edited and with an introduction by Ruth Pusch
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As with the first volume, Waldorf Schools - Upper Grades and High School is a rich and powerful gathering of some of the finest teachers to have ever taught in a Waldorf school. Included are several, from the very beginning in Stuttgart along with some still active in the classroom today.
Among the authors are Herbert Hahn, A.C. Harwood, Ernst Katz, Betty Staly, Stephen Edelglass, Christy Barnes, Amos Franceschelli, René Querido, and more.
The topics touch on every aspect of the curriculum and class life and offer that rare sort of "insiders view" that can come only from those with a true depth of experience and understanding.
Whether in the classroom or at home, anyone who teaches will want to read these articles - they are wonderful!
Questions and Answers on Rudolf Steiner Education
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The author tackles a potent list of FAQ's about Waldorf Education. In so doing, he simultaneous presents a very lively picture of Waldorf schools and the education itself.
Completing the Circle
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Every now and then, less often than we'd like but more often than one might hope for, a book comes along that takes a fresh look at old questions and, in so doing, enlivens not only the questions, but the subject they address. Completing the Circle is such a book.
Thomas Poplawski has taken up most of the questions most people, at some time or another, ask about Waldorf Education and has addressed them (and us) with great heart and a viewpoint that brings us into the living nature of human life. Open the book and you'll step into a world of quiet liveliness, a world at peace and in motion, at once magical and fully apparent. His is a book that will make you fall in love with life and the possibilities of education all over again.
Here's what he talks about:
- The Schooling of Angels
- Button Up Your Overcoat
- Losing Our Senses
- Taming the Media Monster
- The Power of Play
- Toys Are Not Us - Escaping from the Maw of Consumerism
- Children and Sports - Finding a Balance
- Etheric? Astral? Ego? - An Esoteric View of teh Human Being and Its Value in the Education of the Child
- Paradise Lost: The Nine-Year Change
- The Four Temperaments
- Watching Your Temper(ament)
- A Modern Path of Meditation and Inner Development
Childhood: A Study of the Growing Child
Caroline von Heydebrand
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Caroline von Heydebrand was one of the most beloved teachers at the original Waldorf School in Stuttgart, someone Rudolf Steiner looked to as a guiding light for the children. Childhood is the fruit of her twenty years experience teaching children and studying anthroposophy, and the book is filled with stories, examples, anecdotes - all couched in her deep love of nature and people. Some of the topics she addresses are: child development, the four temperaments, the growth of consciousness, and the development of moral, imaginative and other capacities. Highly recommended.
Adventures in Steiner Education
An Introduction to the Waldorf Approach
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An internationally acknowledged authority in Steiner education, Brien Masters has worked for decades as a teacher in both public and Waldorf schools, and has served as a teacher trainer, consultant, writer and lecturer. In Adventures in Steiner Education, he draws on his rich and varied experience to paint a vivid picture of Waldorf education in practice. Spicing the text with many personal stories and anecdotes, he brings to life the theory behind this increasingly popular educational approach, from the early years through to the Lower and Upper Schools.
This lively book serves not only as an informative and entertaining introduction, but also as a helpful refresher course for those seeking to become fully acquainted with the basic principles of Steiner Education.
The Task of the Teacher and The Key Picture of the Learning Process
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Waldorf education awakens intelligence at developmentally appropriate times and prepares students for life through exercising a variety of thinking models. In this compelling book Magda Lissau unfolds the process of intellectual consciousness and discipline as practiced in the Waldorf school. In reading this book you can become aware of the depth that the curriculum provides for each student. Topics include: Age-appropriate learning and the three forms of memory: localized memory, rhythmical memory, and cognitive memory; coceptual and volitional intelligence; personal and impersonal intelligence; introduction to writing and reading in grade 1; introducing place value in grade 2; imagination as a tool of transition; introduction to fractions in grade 4; mythology and history in grade 5; astronomy—sky and earth; and the theorum of Pythagoras—a measure of balance.
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Octave is a collection of eight essays from a master Waldorf teacher and includes chapters on how to motivate children, parent/teacher relationships, and the school organization as a living organism. There is a chapter in which the author questions whether moral principles can be taught, and another entitled “The Seven Cosmic Artists: an Artistic View of Child Development”.
Throughout Octave you will find a voice wise with experience and warm of heart - a lovely source of encouragement and advice.
Introduction to Steiner Education (Edmunds)
The Waldorf School
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This is an excellent introduction to the theory and practice of Steiner/Waldorf education, whether for teachers or anyone who would like to know more about Steiner’s ideas. It is especially useful for parents who are looking for a holistic education for their children.
The author explains, in a clear and lively style, many aspects of Steiner’s educational theories, especially the three stages of child development and how the Waldorf curriculum provides a healthy understanding, nurturing, and support for these phases.
Edmunds discusses the role of the class teacher, the “main lesson,” the four temperaments, attitudes toward discipline, competition, and examinations. His answers are based on the author’s many years of rich and varied experience as an educator of both children and adults.
Waldorf Parenting Handbook
Useful Information on Child Development and Education from Anthroposophical Sources
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This is a classic, deservedly beloved handbook for any parent wanting a helping hand in understanding how to bring the Waldorf approach into their homes and hearts. Originally published in 1979, the present 3rd edition (1992) brings Cusick's work up-to-date without sacrificing its heartwarming good advice or compromising her straightforward answers to important questions.
The Waldof Parenting Handbook is like having a wise grandmother to help you nourish your children as the travel through their school years -- it's really a pleasure to offer this book!
- The Child is Born - Hereditary/Genetic Stream and the Self; Embryonic Sheaths and the Threefold Nature of the Child
- The First Three Years - Growing Down; Walking, Talking, Thinking; Play and Fantasy
- The Temperaments - Fourfold Bodily Nature; The Developmental Sequence of Juvenile Temperaments
- Fantasy and Fact in Early Childhood - Circle of the Senses; Mechanical Fantasy and Language; Nursery School
- How: Methods and the Three R's - Writing before Reading; Arithmetic; Main Lesson; The Spoken Word; Arts and Crafts
- The Magic Years: First to Third Grade - Fairy Tale Meaning and Language; Sequence of the Curriculum
- Grades Four to Seven - Animal Study; History; Plants; The Twelfth Year and the Fall into the Point; Acoustics; Color
- Puberty: Birth of the Self - Seventh and Eighth Grade Polarities; Adolescence; High School
The Recovery of Man in Childhood
A. C. Harwood
Introduction by Douglas M. Sloan
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The Recovery of Man in Childhood is perhaps the most comprehensive (and enjoyable!) presentation of the goals, the methods, the underlying worldview and, yes, the wonder of Waldorf Education and Rudolf Steiner's pedagogy. A.C. Harwood was not only a master Waldorf teacher, he was also a gifted writer, poet, and thinker. Additionally, his approach to children, to teaching, to education and the needs of the world is always informed by a very warm heart. I think you'll have a very, very good time reading this book - and reap a lifetime of insight and reflection in the bargain.
Education as Preventative Medicine
A Salutogenic Approach
Michaela Glöckler, MD
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How and when something is taught affects the student's disposition towards health or illness for life. The whole Waldorf curriculum is built on an understanding of the development and physiology of the child. … The healthy development of the physical body is the basis for a healthy unfolding of the soul-spiritual individuality of the child. Therefore it is of great importance that doctors and teachers work together.
- Astrid Schmitt-Stegmann
Dr. Glöckler has brought together for the first time in English research and insights into the relationship between how we educate children and the health they enjoy both as children and later as adults. This is a book to read deeply, to ponder over. The application of these insights in our teaching and working with children has the power to resonate far into the future, creating a healthier world as it does.
In addition to Dr. Glöckler's insights, Education as Preventative Medicine also includes contributions by:
Johannes Bockemühl, Ernst Bücher, Wolfgang Göbel, Wolfgang Kersten, Daniela Greif, Mariana Kayser-Springorum, Armin Husemann, Gisbrt Husemann, Helmut v. Kügelgen, Karl-Reinhard Kummer, Hans Müller-Wiedemann, and Maria Theresia Pehm.
Confessions of a Waldorf Parent
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It's hard to know which is better about this little booklet - the laughter it produces or the warm I've-been-there-too recalling of the developmental stages of "Waldorf Parenthood."
You can follow the author (between your outbursts of laughter) as she searches out a school for her children, discovers Waldorf Education, goes through the almost inevitable (and so funny) "pure stage" and then comes back to earth with a fuller heart and a deep love of the education her children receive.
This is actually one of the best introductions to Waldorf Education I can think of - sort of the the pedagogy of becoming part of a Waldorf school or initiative community. And did I mention how funny it is?
Language Teaching in Steiner Waldorf Schools - 2nd Edition
Insights from Rudolf Steiner
Translated by Norman Skillen
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Language Teaching in Steiner Waldorf Schools details the pedagogical basis for the teaching of modern languages in a Steiner Waldorf School. It discusses Steiner's view of the nature of language in relation to child development and also addresses the practical classroom questions of curriculum and teaching method. In addition to those teaching modern languages, anyone interested in the ideas underlying Waldorf education will find it fascinating reading.
This edition replaces Language Teaching in Steiner Waldorf Schools – 1st Edition.
144 pages, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 2014.
Understanding Waldorf Education
Teaching from the Inside Out
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Both teachers and parents just can't find enough good things to say about Jack Petrash's introduction to Waldorf Education. What I like best about it is that it is concrete, not abstract, and comes straight from the heart of a teacher with 30 years of classroom experience. Here the inquiring parent, grandparent or prospective teacher will find answers and explanations to just about every question I've ever heard in the course of 20+ years experience with the Waldorf school movement. In many ways, you'll feel like your stepping into a Waldorf classroom, but with a quiet guide at your side to help you understand the wonder you are witnessing.
This is a book that is lively, enjoyable and ultimately very, very informative. I always love it when something I like also teaches me a lot - that's probably why I became involved with Waldorf Education in the first place! Enjoy!!
Creativity in Education
René M. Querido
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This now-classic collection of seven lectures given at the San Francisco Waldorf School present a concise summary of the purposes, philosophy, and methods of the Waldorf approach to education. This is an excellent introductory book for parents as well as teachers.
Topics include: The Rhythms in the Life of the Child; The Role of Temperaments; Geography and the Earth; World History and the Development of Wonder; Gratitude and Responsibility
Esoteric Background of Waldorf Education
The Cosmic Christ Impulse
Five lectures given at the Annual Waldorf Teacher's Conference in Spring Valley, NY in 1993
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My recollection of René Querido from the years when I worked at Rudolf Steiner College is that the topic of this book was actually the passion of his life. For whenever he was able to speak publicly or privately about the Cosmic Christ, especially as the living foundation of Waldorf Education, he lit up with an enthusiasm that both captivated and inspired whoever listened.
I believe you will find in these printed lectures the same energy and spirit many of us were fortunate to experience first hand - and learn a great deal about both Waldorf Education and esoteric Christianity as well.
Christopher Clouder and Martyn Rawson
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Another great little book from the "Rudolf Steiner's ideas in practice" series! This is an ideal introduction, a as-close-to-perfect-as-you're-going-to-get first book on Waldorf Education - its schools, its pedagogy, its founder. Dozens of photographs add a richness and life to the clear descriptions of Steiner's ideas and how they have been put into practice. For anyone who's ever asked, "What's Waldorf Education?" - this is the book!
The Developing Child
Sense and Nonsense in Education
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In this simple gem of a book, Willi Aeppli takes us to the very core of the task of education. His is not a picture of senseless cramming and memorization, but of service to each child and to humanity. All who seek an education make the greatest sacrifice, that of the self, all their gifts, and their future. They have the full right to expect that this self will be returned as a stronger and truer self. Aeppli describes a curriculum that can make this possible. This book develops not from theory, but from years of practical experience.
Willi Aeppli (1894-1972) was a master Waldorf teacher in the Rudolf Steiner School in BAsel, Switzerland. He is remembered as an excellent teacher who used his observations and daily experience to enrich his classroom teaching.
Teaching as a Lively Art
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This is my all time favorite description of the 8 elementary school years in a Waldorf School. Marjorie Spock's year-by-year account is so brimming with enthusiasm that it is difficult to put the book down. Teaching as a Lively Art stands at the top of the list of books about Waldorf Education written by authors other than Steiner. A four-star volume!
Selected Writings on Steiner Education
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The name of Francis Edmunds will always be a part of the Waldorf School movement. He traveled widely and his talks and writings, emphasizing the responsibility of adults and educators toward children, have inspired and educated a worldwide audience. This collection of essays covers many different aspects of a Waldorf school and will be invaluable to all concerned with the spiritual basis of an individual's development from childhood onward.
School as a Journey
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Where Marjorie Spock gives us the curriculum as an ideal picture, Torin Finser follows up with "and this is what happened when I set out to do it." This book is a lively, colorful, absorbing account of a class teacher's eight years with his students-an autobiography in motion through an incredibly rich education. School as a Journey is worth its weight in gold just to be able to see how it all turns out!
School Renewal - A Spiritual Journey for Change
A Spiritual Journey for Change
Torin M. Finser, Ph.D
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School Renewal speaks to the problems and challenges of developing healthy schools. Using mythology, personal experience, and his extensive research, Torin, M. Finser describes how teachers and parents can handle such common problems as burnout, organizational stress, interpersonal conflict, and change.
Most importantly, he urges, an educational community must address the many unseen dimensions of each human being. He shows how these little-understood aspects of the mind can be nourished to create an econoimcal, exciting, and lasting renewal of school life.
Multiculturalism in Waldorf Education
The Waldorf Multiculturalism Committee
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This jam-packed little booklet offers more richness per page than many books ten times its size. In it are articles about the concept of multiculturalism in a Waldorf context, fairy tales from around the world, kindergarten marionette plays, considerations for Waldorf in the public sector, a resource list of multicultural picture books and bibliography.
Into the Wind
A Creative Life - Volume 3
Memoirs of a Rudolf Steiner Teacher
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In this third volume of A Creative Life, we join Alan Whitehead during the years 1979 to 1984, as he helps create a new teacher education institute, an Australian Waldorf schools associaton, a high school. The book closes with his (and Susan's) farewell to the school they had helped to create and nurture for over 15 years.
Throughout, as you can by now expect, Alan details with his characteristic honesty (and humor!) the background (and foreground) political tensions and battles, the successes and failures along the way, the goals met and lost. This is such a human account - and a great read, as well!
Education in Search of the Spirit
Essays on American Education
John Fentress Gardner
Previously published as The Experience of Knowledge
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Real education will always seek to strengthen what is best in the human soul: its longing for the experience of spiritual truth that brings into the self and objective appreciation of hte noble aspects of its own nature, together with a subjective sense of real affinity with the rest of humanity, the earth planet as a whole, and the great cosmos above.
This excerpt really describes the author's perspective that the aim of true education is to help children activate the deepest center, their "eternal spirit" which, Gardener believes, becomes possible through thinking - not mechanistic, rationalistic thinking, but living, intuitive thinking whose organ is the heart.
The book is in three parts - the first poses the problem; the second describes the Waldorf appraoch to a solution; and the third deals with questions of special interest to parents and educators alike, such as authority, discipline, and freedom; the nature of "genius"; the question of cultural pluralism.
This is an exploration by someone capable of deep insight and a union of that insight with what he saw. I highly recommend it for anyone concerned with the deeper issues of education and human development.
Truth, Beauty and Goodness: Steiner-Waldorf Education as a Demand of Our Time
Dr. Gilbert Childs
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Thinking, feeling, and willing manifest in civilization as truth, beauty, and goodness, which then become science, art, and religion. Child's aim in writing this book is twofold: to illustrate the practical application of the above nine factors of life, and to substantiate the assertion by Rudolf Steiner that his philosophy and practice of education arose as a demand of the age in which we live. This is a stimulating presentation for teachers, students and anyone interested in esoteric science.
A Handbook for Waldorf Class Teachers, 2nd Edition
Waldorf Research Books No. 1
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Out of Print. Replaced by A Handbook for Steiner-Waldorf Class Teachers, 3rd Edition
This popular book is a useful and practical resource for Waldorf school teachers and offers a great deal to homeschoolers as well. It provides detailed suggestions and checklists for teaching all lessons for classes 1 through 8. Especially useful are Avison's Readiness and Skills checklist, which give quick clarification to anyone wishing to evaluate a student's beginning understandings and capacities along with later accomplishments in a subject area. General development is also covered, from several perspectives at each grade level.
The extensive appendix features a compilation of planners for Waldorf teachers, as well as a collection of example records for students and their teachers.
Avison's frequently witty advice provides an interesting and easy-to-navigate help for creative teaching activities and management.
98 pages, 8 1/4" x 11 5/8", 2004.