The Interpretation of Fairy Tales

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A lecture given by Rudolf Steiner Berlin, December, 1908     The subject of today’s lecture is a kind of principle or rule for the explanation of fairy tales and legends. In a wider sense this principle can be extended to … Continued

A New Chapter in Education

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One does not need to look very far to see the growing dissolution with current mainstream models of education. Increasing pressures are being placed on both students and teachers to provide more and more data-driven results that are leading to occupational … Continued

Biodynamic Gardening with Children

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By Sandra Frain    Why Should we garden Biodynamically with Children? Sharing gardens and all of nature is an opportunity for we teachers to inspire and support the healthful relationship that our children deserve to be the vital ‘Stewards of … Continued

How Is Anthroposophy Relevant To Steiner Education?

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Steiner education has foundations in Steiner’s vision of anthroposophy, in particular his understanding of child development. Steiner viewed human maturation as a metamorphosis of awakening. The process of growing up evolves from the ‘sleep of infancy’, to the ‘dream of … Continued

What Is Anthroposophy?

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In 1924, Rudolf Steiner defined anthroposophy as ‘… a path of knowledge, which intends to lead what is spiritual in the human being to what is spiritual in the universe’. Anthroposophy is fundamentally a study of the human being, our … Continued

Rudolf Steiner—An Oevre By John Davy

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All over the world anthroposophic initiatives have been founded which acknowledge a special debt to Rudolf Steiner. These initiatives are wide-ranging and include schools, communities for people with disabilities, biodynamic farms, medical clinics, architectural practises and enterprises. Rudolf Steiner was born … Continued

Incorporating Art in the Classroom

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Are you running out of ideas?

In theory, teachers across Australia know that art education should be an integral part of childrens’ learning. Certainly, in Rudolf Steiner schools there is a strong expectation that childrens’ art making, and creativity will be central to their learning.

All I want for Christmas is some time with you!

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There’s already an increasing intensity in the shopping centres of most towns and cities. Christmas decorations were up in October and the festive hype is certainly noticed by kids and parents too. Is it even possible to duck into the supermarket for a few groceries without kids starting to chime, “What I really want for Christmas this year is… (etc, etc)”?

How are Core Subjects Taught In Steiner Schools?

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Through the primary and high school years, the mainlesson forms the foundational core of the curriculum – an in-depth study of a subject, usually delivered over a two-hour block every day, that changes every 3-4 weeks. Mainlessons cover ‘core’ subjects … Continued

Studies have shown that more effective teachers do more than their less effective colleagues in establishing rules and procedures at the beginning of the year.

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All teachers require positive strategies to manage classroom disruptions and inappropriate classroom behaviours for the optimum learning of all students, and for their own professional development and career satisfaction. Building strong teacher-student relationships is the first step to creating a harmonious classroom atmosphere, increasing engagement and achievement. Positive teacher – student relationships enable students to feel safe and secure in their learning environments and provide scaffolding for important social and academic skills (Baker et al., 2008; O’Connor, Dearing and Collins, 2011; Silver, Measelle, Armstron, & Essex, 2005).

Bringing Knitting to the Primary Classroom: Supporting Learning

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Researchers and educators are slowly awakening to the educational benefits of teaching handcrafts to children, and in particular, knitting.
In the Rudolf Steiner system of education, handcrafts are an essential part of the curriculum and finger knitting is taught to students at age 5-6, with class one (age 7) learning traditional knitting with needles. A knitting project is completed every year in primary school with increasing difficulty –learning to cast on and off, to increase and decrease stitches, and following patterns developed over subsequent years.