If you want to educate others, you yourself need to be educated. If you want to have any kind of influence on young people, you yourself need to stay young and continuously work on yourself.

 

Simon Gfeller, Swiss teacher and author (1868 - 1943)

Self Development

March 2019

"Attitude Is a Small Thing That Makes a Big Difference". Approaches to understanding and dealing with challenging behaviour

The quote from Sir Winston Churchill mentioned in the title is an important benchmark for dealing with children and young people with challenging behaviour. A look at practice shows that employees in schools and boarding schools are increasingly confronted with children and adolescents who not only challenge their behaviour, but often overtax all...[more]

Category: Foundations, Self Development
March 2018

Forces of courage and Waldorf education

In the Waldorf school movement, the question of courage is simultaneously the question of being open to higher impulses, inspirations, intuitions. It is a question of the identity of Waldorf schools and is connected with their task in our culture. Every teacher needs courage which will encourage and inspire their work.[more]

Category: Self Development
February 2018

From Outer Authority to Inner Morality

Dorit Winter calls us to question our authority, to strive for objectivity, to remain firm and thus to practice good habits. If we achieve these goals, today’s young people will be ready to face the world; a world in need of independent thinking, creativity and an inner compass. This article surveys the territory which Dorit Winter covers in her...[more]

Category: Self Development
December 2017

Given the Night – Part IV

Normally, we only consider the ‘day side’ or the conscious aspect of a conversation. It would be rather unusual to speak of a ‘continuation in the night’ - or of the subconscious aspect of a conversation. However, this is exactly what we are trying to explore in this paper. We are looking at the dynamics of conversations; a dynamic which can only...[more]

Category: Self Development, School Management
November 2017

Creativity and innovation – challenge your thinking!

Becoming a Steiner teacher certainly helped me to further develop my creativity and imagination, however I never really thought about ‘innovation’ or what this might mean and generally used the words, creativity and innovation a bit interchangeably. My focus as a class teacher was to develop the children’s imagination through an artistic way of...[more]

Category: Self Development
August 2017

Engaging (or not) with community

Neil Boland suggests that we scrutinize time, place and community. Does everyone experience a sense of belonging within the school? Which communities are represented in school? Does the curriculum reflect every community or only the European middle class? In his third and final article Neil encourages us to look closely: How diverse is the school...[more]

Category: Teaching Practice, Culture, Self Development
April 2017

Given the Night – Part III

In part I and II we described a practice for exploring the 'night', the subconscious part of ourselves. Part III of the series now focuses on the 'night' of school management. Our point of departure is the first course for teachers which was held in Stuttgart in 1919. In this course, Steiner laid the foundations for new forms of pedagogy and...[more]

Category: Self Development, School Management
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International English Masters for Waldorf Teachers
Mon 02.09.2019 - Thu 31.12.2020
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Social Initiative Forum 2019
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  Unfolding Individual Potential for the Future: Huge International Event at SEKEM   The...
Intensive Course for High School Steiner Teachers Years 7 to 12
Mon 13.01.2020 - Fri 17.01.2020
  An Intensive Course for High School Steiner Teachers Years 7 to 12   “From Encounter...
Asian Teacher Educators Conference
Thu 06.02.2020 - Sun 09.02.2020
A teacher educators conference will be held in Taiwan from 6 to 9 February 2020. We invite all...

 

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