Active Teaching Approach: Waldorf Education

Active Teaching Approach: Waldorf Education
Education is a burning issue today. The well being of our children and the health of our societies are greatly influenced by our schools. A child‘s development must be carefully and lovingly guided if he or she is to have a firm foundation for becoming a socially balanced and productive adult. In the holistic approach of Waldorf education the health and well-being of the child is central. Children, particularly today, present with many different barriers to learning. A key task of the educator is to ensure a healthy physical development as a basis for a healthy soul-spiritual development and also to facilitate the provision of appropriate support for children who present with difficulties. The Waldorf Education is a unique educational strategy which aims to create well-rounded students through a broad curriculum, including academics, art and music education, physical education, and emotional and social education. The stated goal of the Waldorf Education is to produce individuals able to create meaning in their own lives.


“Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings who are able to impart purpose and direction to their lives.”
- Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf Education Creator


Course Objectives
• Design activities or lessons that address the appropriate development of children’s thinking, feeling, and willing (commonly called cognition, affect, and behavior)

• Understand, interpret, and apply the philosophy and contemplative practices of Rudolf Steiner to their own preparation and practice, and demonstrate discernment for what is health-promoting for a child’s environment

• Teach in an aesthetic manner that includes the arts to enliven and support children’s learning experiences, as well as their humanity, in developmentally appropriate ways

• Demonstrate the skills necessary to create healthy learning communities within a classroom, school, and learning environment, including working cooperatively and supportively with colleagues and parents

• Regard teaching as ongoing research, and investigate questions using appropriate methods including observation, contemplative practice, and academic research skills
• To prepare an application and design support program which aims to gain 21th Century skills.
• Prepare an tool that children can use safely in classroom.
• Make a curriculum that is appropriate for the school program
• Educate the teachers for their usage of the Waldorf tools and materials in their own branches.
• Provide the supplements that are needed with the purpose of using the tools that are found effectively.


Course Programme
Day1
Individual orientation and information about the venue and the city
Basic Waldorf pedagogy and child development
History of Waldorf Education
A study of the cultural, sociological, and economic aspects of independent schools in general and in Waldorf schools in particular

Day 2
The principles of teaching related to the growth and developmental stages of childhood and adolescence
Subject curriculum and methods
Inner development of the teacher
Fundamentals for the Waldorf teachers

Day 3
The relationship between child, nature, inner processes, and classroom practice
Building community in the classroom and the school
Fostering inner development and contemplation
Remediation for children in both classroom situations and individual sessions

Day 4
Study of a Waldorf approach to literacy acquisition
The development of writing, reading, grammar, composition, and drama
Methodology and content of the Waldorf mathematics curriculum
Teaching math and geometry

Day 5
Methodology and content of the Waldorf science curriculum
Methodology and content of the Waldorf history curriculum
A practical introduction to the music curriculum in Waldorf schools
Observation Methods



* The programme can be designed according to the participant profile and group needs.
* For groups of 5 teachers or more, we adapt the course content and approach to the training needs of your educational center and offer personalized training programme.

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Amsterdam, Niederlande


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