Empathy is a skill that can be learned and mastered, and we are gaining a better understanding of how to teach it in the classroom.
Form drawing, as it is called, is repetitive drawing of symbols and shapes. This freehand creation of patterns is more about process than product. It is the movement expressed through the drawing that holds the value.
AWSNA Member schools across North America plan to take students outdoors to mitigate transmission risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the true spirit of Waldorf education, our schools seek to not only meet the whole child developmentally, but to meet the immediate and future needs of our communities and our world.
Educators have a unique opportunity to interrupt the cycles of oppression, break down structural prejudice and shape progress in powerful ways. This can be done through increasing student awareness and modeling change within the classroom, the curriculum, the greater school community and education as an institution. We, like most educators, know that we must do better. But how? Where do we begin?
While distance learning may be more suited towards delivering short term memory learning such as facts, vocabulary lists, or math worksheets, Waldorf educators continue to focus on applying and linking learning concepts to wider experiences. Maintaining this hallmark of Waldorf curriculum is where the creativity with distance learning really comes into play.
Divergent thinkers are creative thinkers who can see many possibilities while problem solving. Allowing creativity of thought and expression in school plays an essential role in developing the critical thinking skills needed in the 21st century.
The layers and depth of experiential learning not only make learning stick, but also cultivate what Waldorf educators call “a love for lifelong learning.”
The benefits of providing students with opportunities to volunteer in service to community has a far-reaching impact -- not only to the recipient but on the students themselves. Giving back empowers students, broadens their worldview, and strengthens their connection to the peers they serve and in the larger community.
Young people often have the time, energy, and idealism to address the injustice they see in the world. And now more than ever, our youth are using these resources to work at changing public policy.
Even with clear principles and missions, the guiding forces for how to accomplish innovation is much debated. Regardless of the complexities, the obligation to innovate is as essential as it is urgent. Together we can shift paradigms around the way things “have always been done” and make learning experiences relevant to our students, responsive to their unique identities, and tailored to their abilities.
Essentials In Education: exploring topics that matter to educators, researchers, policy experts, and thought leaders - from a Waldorf education perspective.
- Biodynamic Agriculture
- Critical Thinking
- Early Childhood
- Elementary School
- Human Development
- K-8 Elemiddle
- Mental Health
- Middle School
- Outdoor Education
- School Culture
- Socratic Inquiry
- Waldorf Education