Teachers have a lesson topic to teach- but they have autonomy with respect to how they deliver that knowledge.Steiner teachers believe they are in a ‘LEARNING profession. They are not there to simply teach a child they are there to grow along side them.
Play-cloths- dressing up, the roof of a den, the sea, shawl for a baby endless imaginationPebblespine-cones puppets
It is an unique way of installing a feeling of wonder of the world in which we live.Steiner believed that a sense of wonder far outweighs the acquirement of knowledge or learning a new skill.We wonder then we discoverLearn to be curiousThe freedom to regularly pursue curiosity(relates to wonderwalls, discussion, experiential learning, research, exploration)PlayEscapism, imagination, fantasy playMaking school a magical placeUninterrupted play important child centred creativityManipulation of ideas transferable into other subjectsWalls are covered in pupil workNature spaces- tactile exploration- in charge of their own learning- (foundation phase)Into the woods using twigs branches den making (forest schools)Encourages cognitive independence-translates our world- creativity- risk takingArts as a way of knowing- Main lesson books- personalises learningA visual journey- independent- unique to them- progression- self assessmentInternalising and retention of knowledgeTeaching as an art- Releasing your inner childDressing up- enacting Weekly meetings- pooling of knowledge- embracing new ideas- colleague assessment-community ethos
Rudolf steiner philosophy of education presentation,
Philosopher, Scientist &
Lauren, Sophie and Caroline.
The History & Philosophy
His Thoughts on Education
Hands, Head and Heart
Emil Molt: The Waldorf Cigarette
Steiner’s Conditions: Free School
The Curriculum: A Distinct
Bodily and Spiritual function
Working with the rhythm of your body and soul
The Teacher/Role Model
The 7 year cycle: Kindergarten, Birth – 7 years
Lower School, 7- 14 years
Upper School, 14- 21 years
The Main Lesson
where are the Ipads?
The children just use
their heads, hands and
Steiner Values in Education
Making space for wonder
Inviting play into the classroom
Art as way of knowing
Teaching as an art
Before his time?
learning have been
proven in the world of
Baby brains not ‘on-line.’
Experience shape our brain.
A Good Education?
Learn to learn
Multi-Skilled Human Beings
Good Self Image, Ideal and Esteem
Well Rounded People
• Up to 5 GCSE’s- Normally 2- (English and Maths)
• Btec in Nature and the Environment
• Steiner 6th Forms offer A Levels (English, Literature,
Maths, Sciences, Philosophy)
• Block Learning
• Continue learning other subjects
• If no 6th Form- A relationship with Tertiary
The Camphill Movement
You can visit my Rudolf Steiner Blog for
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