A Second Classroom

A Second Classroom
Title A Second Classroom PDF eBook
Author Torin M. Finser
Publisher SteinerBooks
Pages 298
Release 2014-08-26
Genre Education
ISBN 162148064X

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What does a healthy, successful school look like? Is it all about measurable outcomes, test scores, and pass/fail grades set by the government? Can learning be quantified in short-term measurements or does real learning take years to manifest in a career or biography? All seem to agree that a healthy school is also a community and that community depends on the quality of relationships—chiefly the relationships among students, teachers, and parents. This book features a comprehensive examination of the parent–teacher relationship in all its dimensions, from parent evenings and conferences to communication, conflict, and the life-cycle of parent involvement in their school. In between the chapters on practical advice are sections that consider the issues from a deeper, spiritual dimension. This book is intended to stimulate conversation, self-reflection, and relational practices that awaken community life in and around our schools.

The Kingdom of Childhood

The Kingdom of Childhood
Title The Kingdom of Childhood PDF eBook
Author Rudolf Steiner
Publisher SteinerBooks
Pages 180
Release 1995
Genre Anthroposophy
ISBN 9780880104029

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These seven intimate, aphoristic talks were presented to a small group on Steiner's final visit to England. Because they were given to "pioneers" dedicated to opening a new Waldorf school, these talks are often considered one of the best introductions to Waldorf education. Steiner shows the necessity for teachers to work on themselves first, in order to transform their own inherent gifts. He explains the need to use humor to keep their teaching lively and imaginative. Above all, he stresses the tremendous importance of doing everything in the knowledge that children are citizens of both the spiritual and the earthly worlds. And, throughout these lectures, he continually returns to the practical value of Waldorf education. These talks are filled with practical illustrations and revolve around certain themes--the need for observation in teachers; the dangers of stressing the intellect too early; children's need for teaching that is concrete and pictorial; the education of children's souls through wonder and reverence; the importance of first presenting the "whole," then the parts, to the children's imagination. Here is one of the best introductions to Waldorf education, straight from the man who started it all. German source: Die Kunst des Erziehens aus dem Erfassen der Menschenwesenhiet (GA 311). SYNOPSIS OF THE LECTURES LECTURE 1: The need for a new art of education. The whole of life must be considered. Process of incarnation as a stupendous task of the spirit. Fundamental changes at seven and fourteen. At seven, the forming of the "new body" out of the "model body" inherited at birth. After birth, the bodily milk as sole nourishment. The teacher's task to give "soul milk" at the change of teeth and "spiritual milk" at puberty. LECTURE 2: In first epoch of life child is wholly sense organ. Nature of child's environment and conduct of surrounding adults of paramount importance. Detailed observation of children and its significance. In second epoch, seven to fourteen, fantasy and imagination as life blood of all education, e.g., in teaching of writing and reading, based on free creative activity of each teacher. The child as integral part of the environment until nine. Teaching about nature must be based on this. The "higher truths" in fairy tales and myths. How the teacher can guide the child through the critical moment of the ninth year. LECTURE 3: How to teach about plants and animals (seven to fourteen). Plants must always be considered, not as specimens, but growing in the soil. The plant belongs to the earth. This is the true picture and gives the child an inward joy. Animals must be spoken of always in connection with humans. All animal qualities and physical characteristics are to be found, in some form, in the human being. Humans as synthesis of the whole animal kingdom. Minerals should not be introduced until twelfth year. History should first be presented in living, imaginative pictures, through legends, myths, and stories. Only at eleven or twelve should any teaching be based on cause and effect, which is foreign to the young child's nature. Some thoughts on punishment, with examples. LECTURE 4: Development of imaginative qualities in the teacher. The story of the violet and the blue sky. Children's questions. Discipline dependent on the right mood of soul. The teacher's own preparation for this. Seating of children according to temperament. Retelling of stories. Importance of imaginative stories that can be recalled in later school life. Drawing of diagrams, from ninth year. Completion and metamorphosis of simple figures, to give children feeling of form and symmetry. Concentration exercises to awaken an active thinking as basis of wisdom for later life. Simple color exercises. A Waldorf school timetable. The "main lesson." LECTURE 5: All teaching matter must be intimately connected with

Understanding Waldorf Education

Understanding Waldorf Education
Title Understanding Waldorf Education PDF eBook
Author Jack Petrash
Publisher ReadHowYouWant.com
Pages 242
Release 2010-03
Genre Education
ISBN 1458767531

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Written by a teacher with more than 25 years of experience, this book offers a jargon-free view of Waldorf education and its philosophy of the importance of a three-dimensional education. Through learning experiences that involve all of the senses, children use a variety of intelligences to develop thought, feeling, and intentional, purposeful activity. Whether you're Waldorf parent or teacher, or you just want to learn more about these innovative educational concepts, this book contains important ideas on learning that you can apply today.

The Roadmap to Literacy: A Guide to Teaching Language Arts in Waldorf Schools Grades 1 Through 3

The Roadmap to Literacy: A Guide to Teaching Language Arts in Waldorf Schools Grades 1 Through 3
Title The Roadmap to Literacy: A Guide to Teaching Language Arts in Waldorf Schools Grades 1 Through 3 PDF eBook
Author Janet Langley
Publisher Mill City Press, Incorporated
Pages 628
Release 2019-02-12
Genre Education
ISBN 9781545660232

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You Are Your Child's First Teacher

You Are Your Child's First Teacher
Title You Are Your Child's First Teacher PDF eBook
Author Rahima Baldwin Dancy
Publisher Celestial Arts
Pages 401
Release 2011-03-16
Genre Family & Relationships
ISBN 0307785785

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Nowadays parents are bombarded by any number of approaches about how to be with their children. YOU ARE YOUR CHILD'S FIRST TEACHER introduces a new way of understanding the human being so that parents can be best equipped to serve as their own children's best teachers. Chapters include: Caring for the Newborn, Helping Your Toddler's Development, The Development of Fantasy and Creative Play, Nourishing Your Child's Imagination, Rhythm and Discipline in Home Life, Readiness for School, and more. From the Trade Paperback edition.

School as a Journey

School as a Journey
Title School as a Journey PDF eBook
Author Torin M. Finser
Publisher SteinerBooks
Pages 260
Release 1995-10
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 0880109718

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This is a lively, colorful, and absorbing account of a class teacher's journey with his class, from first grade through the eighth grade in a Waldorf school. Straightforward and humorous, School as a Journey provides an excellent introduction to the daily activities of a Waldorf school classroom. Torin Finser --who is now Director of Waldorf Teacher Training at Antioch New England Graduate School --wrote this book especially for parents, prospective parents, and educators who are new to Waldorf education. Filled with pedagogical gems, tips, and resources, School as a Journey will also prove an invaluable resource for those who are currently Waldorf class teachers. For those who wish to delve more deeply into this revolutionary form of education, the author has also included extensive documentation, with references to the works of Rudolf Steiner and of others experienced in Waldorf education. Highly recommended for anyone interested in this revolutionary form of education.

Strengthening the Parent-Teacher Partnership

Strengthening the Parent-Teacher Partnership
Title Strengthening the Parent-Teacher Partnership PDF eBook
Author Jane Cofie
Pages 112
Release 2021-10-29
ISBN 9781950317172

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Designed for educators at all grade levels, this book helps to build effective home-school and parent-teacher relationships. With strategies and resources for productive digital communication, positive conferences, mutually beneficial classroom involvement, and more, this book empowers teachers to collaborate confidently with their students' families.