Sixth grade teacher Peter Lawton recently created a series of video presentations about Waldorf education, and we are pleased to share the first video with you here. “Waldorf Education: An Introduction” utilizes simple drawings, diagrams, and photographs to creatively illustrate and explore Waldorf’s holistic and developmental approach to learning.
“No other educational program is more true to its own understanding of what it means to be a human being than Waldorf education,” says Peter. “Whether you ultimately resonate with the Waldorf school’s picture of the human being, or with the educational practices based on that picture, you will not find another school that articulates such a coherent relationship between the two.”
More about the video, from Peter:
The first half of the video explores holistic and developmental learning in a more general sense. The second half provides specific examples of holistic and developmental educational practices employed in Waldorf schools. Holistic practices considered include the use of art and narrative. Developmentally appropriate practices are compared through the example of text analysis.
The video concludes with an exploration of the dynamic relationship between holistic and developmental educational practices.
A second video (forthcoming) focuses more on the social and emotional aspects of learning. To watch the first video, please click here.