Research indicates allowing schools to be places of distinct culture, rich curriculum, and varied, but effective pedagogy is a way forward to collective academic success.
What can we do during this time of isolation and grief? We could see it as an opportunity to practice self-care and embrace productive solitude as we work on strengthening our inner selves for the sake of our communities.
Artistic teaching demonstrates bringing together internal intention with external influence, engaging deeply in process, and producing a worthwhile result.
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.”
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