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Articles as of 2009
In the Classroom
The moving classroom
The Moving Classroom is one of the Waldorf school concepts that is attracting increasing attention in school and inclusive education, but is controversial within Waldorf’s own ranks. Children, parents and teachers in lower school are easy to…
The challenge of ChatGPT
Homework and assignments finished in no time at all? Many pupils and some teachers have been using it for quite some time, the ChatGPT software. Robert Neumann is a lecturer in media education and other subjects at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart –…
Arriving in Movement
When children start school, they should have the following skills: attentiveness, impulse control, independence, cooperation skills and a sense of time. From this finding, the concept of the Moving Classroom emerged in the 1990s, which is also…
Permanence in Change
Class teacher Hiltrud Kamolz takes great pleasure in creating the seasonal table and incorporates the seasons daily in short narratives at the beginning of class in the form of a meaningful story. The story can be entirely focused on the seasonal…
The Image in Education
One of the fundamental features of Waldorf education is the work with images. Language can create images in people that remain powerful and unforgettable. Christoph Wiechert describes how parents and teachers can use them for successful education.
Martyn Rawson, Albert Schmelzer,
Building blocks for a diverse, anti-racist Waldorf education
How can anti-racism be anchored in the curriculum of Waldorf education so that pupils are sensitised to exclusion and defamation? In addition to generally making empathy part of education, the authors advocate, among other things, addressing racial…
Information literacy as an educational task
Media education in Waldorf schools ideally begins on the first day of school. For the author thinks that the anthroposophical understanding of the human being and media education are not contradictory. In his opinion, age-appropriate teaching that…
"We would like to have grades so we know where we stand."
Do grade reports really help to find our position?
I can't get the images out of my head
In March, our class visited the Holocaust memorial in Bergen-Belsen together with class 10 of our school. The trip was part of the curriculum for class 10, who were studying the Nazi period and the Holocaust in their history main lesson. Because we…
Time for media parents' evenings?
For many years, Waldorf schools have been dealing with the question of what exactly is meant by "media literacy", how it comes about and what can and should be done for it in school. Existing beliefs about the necessary maturity and the real,…
The power of images and the Waldorf Peace Network
War in Europe. This was unimaginable for most of us until Russia's attack on Ukraine. Just as the war of aggression in Europe has shaken us adults, it has also made the pupils, children and young people pause in their everyday lives.
Education for Sustainable Development: An assessment of the current situation
How can we empower our children and ourselves to live a sustainable life?
In the footsteps of the "Der Blaue Reiter" group of artists
As a special feature at the Daglfinger Waldorf School there is a "Blaue Reiter" main lesson for our two class 7s right at the beginning of the school year. We start the colourful autumn with a trip to the artist towns of Kochel and Murnau. After an…
"It could continue like this ...": What a young Waldorf teacher wishes for the future
Motivated by the Basel school's concept of relationship studies and as a teacher of a class 8, I planned an anthropology and relationship studies main lesson together with a midwife which I carried out in 2019. I took an in-depth look at the sex…
Life and love. A main lesson on life and sex education
According to Gert Biesta, all education must pursue three goals: socialisation, qualification and individuation. In every teaching unit I want to experience, as a learner, how I can better integrate into my social environment, I want to acquire new…
The dignity of shame
Standing in front of a class eight, I spoke about initiation rituals among indigenous peoples: "It can be that you leave the village as a 14-year-old child, and after a few weeks of strict trials you return as a man or woman and are an adult, an…
Relationship and Sex Education. Overview with Closer Look at Puberty
Sex education is not a separate subject at Waldorf schools, even if special lesson sequences are as a rule repeatedly devoted to it at all age levels. Due to its complexity, it is a cross-curricular component of the overall educational mission.
Research and Projects
Calm down! Interview with Harald Lesch
Harald Lesch, born 1960, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, lecturer in natural philosophy at the Munich School of Philosophy. TV presenter for programmes such as "alpha Centauri", "Leschs Kosmos" or the…
100 Years of Waldorf Education
Rudolf Steiner and his Jewish milieu
In his day, Rudolf Steiner moved in a widely Jewish and very cosmopolitan milieu. Professor Tomáš Zdražil, who has been working in the field of the anthropological and anthroposophical foundations of Waldorf education at the Freie Hochschule…
What do they mean: the free intellectual life or the fundamental right to freedom of expression?
When Rudolf Steiner introduced the ideas of the threefold social organism into the discussion on a new social order in 1917 – at the same time as the violent implementation of a new order in Russia – he took up the ideals of the French Revolution and…
Rudolf Steiner and self-governance at the first Waldorf school
At the end of 1918, a small initiative group of Stuttgart entrepreneurs led by Emil Molt decided to launch a campaign for social renewal. It met with Rudolf Steiner in Dornach at the end of January 1919 to prepare a concept for the project.
Blended learning. Much more than digital!
The European Commission's working group on schools recently published an important policy paper on blended learning.
We also learn with body and soul, not just with our heads!
The series #waldorflernt shows new, sometimes provocative perspectives on current issues that challenge the Waldorf movement to learn. This issue is about how pupils can learn to assess the quality of information and its sources.
From the Waldorf Universe
Waldorf 360! A Global network for Middle School and High School teachers, starting in January 2024.
International Students' Conference
From April 10th to the 14th, 2024 the International Students' Conference (ISC24) will take place at the Goetheanum in Switzerland.
Magazine about Waldorf Education in English
The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America publishes a magazine which is comparable to Erziehungskunst, published by the German Bund der Freien Waldorfschulen.
Constanza Kaliks, Goetheanum Pedagogical Section,
Inspiration for New Forces
The six-day pedagogical conference held in July 2023 in the city of Juiz de Fora, in eastern Brazil, was a great inspiration. With 450 participating teachers, it was the largest conference in the history of the Brazilian Waldorf movement so far. The…
Visions for the World
The World Child Forum (WCF) brought together young visionaries from around the world in an impressive premier event in Davos at the end of July. More than 120 young people took part in the open and flexible lab format, including participants from…
Calling It Like It Is: Uncovering and Dismantling Racism in the Waldorf Movement was first presented by Sunbridge in September 2020. The need for and interest in the event proved to be so widespread, it has been repeated to new audiences several…
Series of Online Lectures
From September 19th to December 12th, 2023 every Tuesday, from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm CET the International Campus Waldorf will embark on its third free lecture series entitled Chances and Challenges of a Global Education.
Dorit Binder, Stefanie Keinki,
Three years of CO2ero – Climate neutral Waldorf schools
Since 2020, a team of highly committed people has been supporting Waldorf schools and other institutions in their process to become climate neutral. Until now, the CO2ero initiative was a project of the German Association of Waldorf Schools, but from…
Teaching Students about Violence Prevention
The author and professor of Waldorf education in Mannheim, Ulrike Barth, has ensured that violence prevention is included in the curriculum for students. She explains why this is important.
Culture of Religions – A Project for Understanding
“No child is born racist”. In the village of Neve Shalom (Arabic: Wahat al-Salam) in Israel, where Jews, Muslims and Christians try to live and work together in peace and harmony, the author read this sentence on a poster. In the following article,…
We need the ethics of communication as a school subject!
Bernhard Pörksen, born in 1969, is professor of media studies at Tübingen University. In 2008 he was voted “Professor of the Year” and honoured for his teaching. He has researched and written about scandals, truth and lies, and communication as an…
Waldorf Work in Progress - lecture series
The International Campus Waldorf (ICW) is an academic network of universities and institutions worldwide that offer Waldorf teacher education in BA/MA programs and other educational pathways. In this context, the ICW provides an online platform for…
Solving conflicts with the model of etheric forces
How do we come together again?
The four-hammer signal sounds for the descent to level 8 at a depth of 826 metres. Three times twelve miners descend at a rate of nine metres per second.
Every movement an experience of eternity
When I think back to an event in an extreme situation that changed my personal relationship with heaven and earth forever, I go back in my mind forty years to the base of the El Capitan rock face in Yosemite Valley, California.
Bruno Sandkühler, Christine Arlt,
Wahat el-Bahariya: A school in the desert
“Sabah Al-Kheer – Good morning, dear Selma! This is how the ten-year-old is greeted by her teacher Ahmed. Together with 30 other children, she is still a little tired as she sits in the classroom but she is looking forward to a varied day at school.…
Karin Michael, Tomáš Zdražil,
“We need a complete reform of the education landscape”
Second round table on the consequences of coronavirus in Stuttgart.
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