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Waldorf School

  1. 1. Waldorf School Aler. Canillas. Cappal
  2. 2. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) Austrian scientist and philosophical thinker Developed his own form of spiritual science, called Anthroposophy Founded Waldorf Education
  3. 3. FIRST WALDORF SCHOOL  Emil Molt asked Steiner to establish a school for the children of the workers of his company.  Steiner agreed but set four conditions. That the school: 1. Be open to all children 2. Be coeducational 3. Be a unified twelve-year school
  4. 4. FIRST WALDORF SCHOOL 4. Will have minimum interference from the state or from economic sources and the teachers will have primary control of the school  Steiner trained teachers based on child development.  September 7, 1919: the “Independent Waldorf School“ (Die Freie Waldorfschule) opened.
  5. 5. Waldorf Education • Vision: to educate human beings to create a just and peaceful society. • Imaginary play is the most important “work” of the children. • Comprehensive from preschool level through high school
  6. 6. Waldorf Education 1. Learning is balanced. Steiner believed in a unit of spirit, soul, and body, and that good education restores the balance between feeling, thinking and willing.
  7. 7. Essential Phases of Child Development • Early Childhood: IMITATION o The young child mimics everything in the environment uncritically-not only the sounds of speech, the gestures of people, but also the attitudes and values of parents and peers. • Middle Childhood: IMAGINATION o As the child moves through these years, the faculty for more sequential and logical thought begins to unfold. • Adolescence: TRUTH, DISCRIMATION AND JUDGMENT o The child begins to experience his or her own thinking.
  8. 8. Waldorf Education 2. Art, music, and movement are integral to everything the child learns. – Eurethmy – Knitting – Creation and illustration of books – Roleplays
  9. 9. Waldorf Education 3. Learning environment bolsters the confidence of all children and builds on their innate curiosity.  Student progress is evaluated through compiling portfolios of the student’s work and the careful observations of the teacher throughout each day of each school year.  The classrooms, and even to some extent whole buildings were shaped and modeled by the teachers and the school community, to form a personalized space, aimed at reinforcing class identity and the teacher and class as a team  Recreates the home
  10. 10. Sample Waldorf classroom layout
  11. 11. Waldorf Education 4. So that learning in its fullest sense can occur, teachers are nurturers as well as instructors.  Goal: to acquire and build on an in-depth understanding of each child’s essential being and character, of his or her strengths and emotional needs.
  12. 12. Waldorf Education 5. Behavior is managed in a creative, non- coercive manner.  The curriculum itself supports constructive behavior because it has been designed to respond to the needs of children at each development stage.
  13. 13. Waldorf Education 6. Waldorf provides a framework that supports parents who desire to shield their children from the excessive stimulation and consumerism that characterize popular culture.  Waldorf schools strongly discourage exposing children to television, videos, and computer games.
  14. 14. Sources • http://www.rudolfsteinerweb.com/Rudolf_Steiner_Biography.ph • Follari, L.M. (2011). Foundations and best practices in early childhood education: History, theories, and approaches to learning. 2nd edition. NJ: Pearson Education. • Gordon, A.M. & Browne, K.W. (2007). Beginning essentials in early childhood education. Canada: Thomson Delmar Learning. Lucas, M.R. & Corpuz, B. (2007). Facilitating learning: A metacognitive process. Phil: Lorimar Publishing Inc. • Ornstein, A.C., & Levine, D. U. (2003). Foundations of education. 8th edition. U.S.A.: Houghton Mifflin Company.

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