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Subject:Researching Waldorf
Time:01:49 pm
I'm kinda familiar with Waldorf from being exposed to it during one of my projects in AmeriCorps NCCC. We worked with developmentally disabled adults in Camphill Kimberton Hills and I also got to witness operations at Camphill Beaver Run.

There's a Waldorf charter school that opened up in my area recently and there's also a private school within reasonable driving distance. I'm not sure what our financial situation will be by the time my lil girl is old enough to attend school, but I'm intrigued and a bit concerned about the negative things I've read concerning Waldorf. I do realize that rules and such differ by the school.

What advice would you give a prospective Waldorf parent? Is there anything I can do with my little girl now to prepare her for that type of education?
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Subject:question about becoming a waldorf teacher
Time:12:29 pm
Hello. I hope some of you can find the time to read this lengthy post and provide some insights... thanks in advance :)

I've been seriously thinking about becoming a Waldorf teacher but have never participated or witnessed the learning/teaching in action. so i'm trying to establish if it's for me or not. I am an artist who teaches in a very process oriented/organic/spiritual way. i love children and love learning. but I could not see myself as a teacher in a traditional public (or private)school because there is not enough creativity/art and barely any focus on the whole child (mostly just the intellect). I believe art/creativity/imagination/music should be incorporated into a child's learning. that art shouldn't just be a subject. My spirituality is very earth-based (rather than transcendant). I believe we can find wisdom/insights through the body/earth. And believe divinity/mystery/god pulses through all things in the natural world. I have been reading Rudolf Steiner's books and am finding many parallels.

Some of my family/friends are being discouraging because I'm older (38) and they are telling me things like: oh teaching children requires so much energy, they can be so wild/draining... etc... which can sometimes be true but generally when i'm around children I get energized. i believe that if i build a close relationship with children that we can create a community atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation and it won't be bedlam. what do you think?

sometimes when i do art with traditionally taught children they do not know how to focus, have trouble getting bored, or are disruptive to other kids because they lack discipline. what was your experience of the behavior of the children in your classrooms?

i feel that kids watch too much tv, video games, etc that stagnates their creativity and i believe that combined with too much sugar prevents them from being able to calm down/focus etc... from the parents i've met who have an interest in waldorf education, it seems that they already have an interest in minimizing tv, video games and eating healthy and encourage play/imagination/art. this is why i think teaching Waldorf Children would be less stressful than teaching regular kids. Do you think that's true?

I would love if you and other readers of this comment could get back to me soon, especially since I'm thinking of enrolling in a 3 week program this July and then attending the Steiner Institute in Toronto this Fall. Thank you so much in advance!

Peace,
MaryBeth

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Time:06:42 pm
Hi,

I just joined the community as I accepted an offer on Friday to teach third (and then fourth and fifth) grade at a new Waldorf methods public charter school! I just graduated from my MAT program and have been student teaching in fourth grade at a public school. I have had some experience with storylines, but other than that I have a feeling my experience teaching Waldorf school will be quite different from my student teaching. I will be taking classes this summer at the Steiner college in Sacramento, but wondered if other elementary Waldorf teachers could offer any advice on what else I can do over the summer to prepare for the fall?

Thanks! Theresa
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Subject:homosexuality
Time:07:47 pm
I'm curious how accepting anthroposophists are of bi/homosexuals? I cannot find literature about their views (if any) and how accepting a school would be to hire a bi/homosexual person as a teacher or an assistant.

I would appreciate your own personal opinions/perspectives as well as any articles or literature you know of on the subject.

Thanks in advance.
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Subject:questions
Time:07:03 am
I'm applying to a Waldorf teacher training program. In the process I've been catching up on some research and reading on Anthroposophy and Waldorf teacher methods.

I am curious about the spiritual aspect of a Waldorf education. During my research, I have found that christian teachings, such as reading the bible, are often found in curriculum. I didn't really see the connection between christianity and the spiritual element of a Waldorf education. It also makes me rather uncomfortable, as I am not a christian and certainly don't want to teach my students christian stories. Do I have to be christian to teach at a Waldorf school?

Can someone please speak to their experience as either a student or a teacher in respect to the spiritual aspect of a Waldorf education?
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Current Location:upstate NY
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Time:04:43 pm
Hello, I guess I should introduce myself. I don't really know what to say, though, except hello, and it's cool to find other people who are actually into Waldorf!
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Subject:Love
Time:02:26 am
I just want to say, that waldorf was the most beautiful experience of my life. Words can not begin to describe the positive affect its had in my life.
I love you Waldorf
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Current Location:Kathmandu, Nepal
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Subject:Namaste from Tashi Waldorf School
Time:02:59 pm
Hello, we would like to introduce Tashi Waldorf School to this community.  Tashi Waldorf School is a project supported by Children of Nepal, a non-profit educational organization.  Tashi Waldorf School has been operating since 2000 as a Waldorf kindergarten and primary school.  We are the only Waldorf school in Nepal and we would like to be part of the international Waldorf community on livejournal.  We currently have 115 students enrolled, the majority of whom are sponsored through our child sponsorship program.  Please see our livejournal page and userinfo page for more background and information.  Please also have a look at our website at www.childrenofnepal.org.  Feel free to contact us with questions or comments.  Thanks for looking!
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Subject:I need some guidance:
Time:11:10 pm
Are any of you in this community a Waldorf School teacher? If so, I have some questions for you..don't worry, nothing bizarre.

Please email me off the community at m.troup@shimer.edu


Thank you.
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Time:10:31 pm

Greetings!
Take a look at this: http://www.steinerkritikk.no .

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