What’s the Waldorf Approach;
It is an educational system that emerged in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919 after the First World War.
The Waldorf Approach is a method used widely in today’s schools following the conference was given to the workers of a factory in Stuttgart by philosophy, scientist and educator Rudolf Steiner.
In the Waldorf approach, the idea of ‘making everything in its own time’ is in the foreground. It is argued that it is wrong to determine the school age of the children according to the calendar and that the important development for children is individual development. Children should be able to get rid of memorization and oppression and undergo a learning process in rhythmic and everyday life, intertwined with nature. In order to eliminate this pressure, the Waldorf approach does not include applications such as grade system, classroom, homework.
Blended with games, keeping the child’s interest alive, making more interesting the teaching approach. At this stage, the duty of teachers is to raise free people and to see the teacher as art rather than a profession. In the Waldorf system, teachers should be educators who make spiritual communication with students, force children’s imagination and prioritize emotional intelligence.
Another important point in the Waldorf system is that it prefers a life intertwined with nature. Students are away from technology up to a certain age; they only relate to natural means. There are no plastic toys in the classroom. Toys with natural materials such as tree branches, wood, cotton, wool are invented. This invention is aimed at improving manual dexterity. It brings students closer to the branches of fine arts such as carving and sculpture.
A Waldorf approach is a holistic approach that aims to transform education into an art.
One of the biggest concerns begins that when he becomes a parent. These concerns start with the subject for the baby’s feeding, sleeping and more and continue as the baby grows; the most important issue is stuck in education. Up to this stage, you can go to the selection by visiting one of the most important points for the product. Up to this stage, you can go to the selection by visiting any store one of the most important points for the product. However, you cannot make such a choice for your child’s education.
However, the economic, social and cultural structure of the society affects more schools and the schools are no longer just a place for education and training, but also for social support and so on. The services are that the necessity of being a multi-purpose and multidimensional organization.
In order to solve the growing educational problems, different educational reforms are tried to be realized all over the world, and these reform initiatives can bring success and failure. One of the alternative methods of education for this purpose is the Waldorf Approach. The Waldorf Approach, which defines the education system as distant education, conscious behavior, have been supported by the anthroposophical movement which has the meaning in the definition of knowledge produced by the supreme self of man. Rudolf Steiner, who was interested in philosophy and eastern mysticism, opposed the thought structure he devised and ignored the voluntary and emotional side of the human being, who gave importance to reason with the philosophy he called Anthroposophy (human wisdom). According to Steiner, due to the importance is given to human beings, people became individuals, but because the will and emotional structure of the human being were ignored, fragmentation between the social and natural life and the human was formed. Steiner argued that this fragmentation would inevitably lead to destruction. Steiner, the founder of Anthropophagia, founded a school which he called lad School of Spiritual Science school in order to apply his views and named it Goetheanum.
The Right Choice For Your Child.
As parents who are considering private education, we may feel unsure about which school would be the best fit for our child. Academics are important, but we want assurance that they will have a strong foundation to meet the future success in these times of global change.
Through a progressive developmental based approach to education, Marin Waldorf School has been helping Bay Area parents raise confident, self-reliant, resilient and morally intelligent children for the past 40 years. Waldorf education goes beyond the development of the intellect, focusing on the development of the whole human being and helping children bring goodness, beauty, and truth into the world.
What’s the Waldorf Approach aims?
The mission of the Waldorf Approach is to raise consciousness, creative, innovative children who are capable of shaping the future of economics, justice, and cultural freedom.
Basic Principles of Waldorf Approach;
1. Education will be continuous for twelve years and students will not be directed to different types of education. Since the student is expected to advance and master in his own direction when he reaches the maturity when he has reached the maturity where he can gain his self and make the right decisions, he continues his education at the Waldorf school from kindergarten to high school.
2. Every child is considered to have different individual characteristics and superior abilities. When planning the education, children should not learn what they need to learn but what they can learn. It is aimed that the child develops and maximizes all the abilities he has.
4. How the world and life has a rhythm. The human organism also has a certain rhythm. Man matures in this rhythm. The shaping energy that provides human development focuses on the development of will, emotion and thought in different times in line with this rhythm. However, after reaching an adequate maturity in a field, one must proceed to the next level in education.
5. The school must be free of all economic and political control. Therefore, the fact that the school has a democratic structure independent of the state constitutes the basis of the Waldorf education’s concept of freedom. In addition, each school organizes its curriculum according to the community. Thus, it is possible to relate the subjects to be learned with the child’s life.
6. The school should be managed by teachers. There is no hierarchy in school management. Teachers determine the functioning of the school in accordance with the principles of Steiner.
7. During the eight years of primary education, a class must continue and complete its education with the same class teacher. The teacher can better associate the subject with the child’s life at that level and the more opportunities he knows about the child and the circumstances in which he/she lives, and the more opportunities to support the child’s development.
8. The evaluation system is different in Waldorf education. The purpose of the assessment is not to classify the child with a note, but to get to know him better and to better monitor his progress. Teachers prepare long reports on the development of each child. Small grades are not allowed. In this way, the evaluation starts in high school. Teachers visit home. Another aim of the evaluation is to make the child aware of his / her development and to make him feel the enthusiasm of learning and producing more.
9. The child needs to develop as a whole. For this purpose, equal importance is given to areas such as the acquisition of knowledge, application of skill, strengthening of creativity, stimulation of imagination, nutrition of understanding and empathy feelings, the importance of social responsibility and moral principles. The subject covered is processed in all its aspects.
The aim of this training is to create self-consciousness. Self is the way of learning, motivating, thinking, motivating, creative, inventive, self-confident, effective and many more.
Developmental approach; In the Waldorf education the curriculum should go parallel with the child’s intuition; right thing at the right time. According to Steiner, the purpose of the learning rhythm between mental and physical activities is to provide the development of the spiritual body, where intrinsic strength and flexibility increase. For this purpose, physical education teachers in normal schools need more than anatomy and physiology knowledge.
(10:00 am – 15:00 pm)
• General Meet
• Introduction to the course:
– Why should “Game Engineering with Waldorf Approach” training be taken?
– Preparing the environment for The Game Engineering with Waldorf Approach for children.
– The develop for students’ original and creative thinking skills, understanding the teaching methods and techniques
(10:00 am – 15:00 pm)
• How to prepare and select the arguments, toys, tools etc. that constitutive Game Engineering with Waldorf Approach,
• To teach the activities, classroom management techniques and guidance processes that will enable our students to transform their ideas into a project, a work of art.
(10:00 am – 15:00 pm)
• How to Prepare activities by using teaching objects like natural toys, tools, games and some teaching modules etc for learners who will benefit from the Waldorf approach. From these activities, they can ask questions and searching answer for the questions discussed their thoughts and ideas.
• How to prepare and implement activities that lead children to think and develop creative ideas.
(10:00 am – 15:00 pm)
• Application of examples and activities that lead to establishing a relationship between the Waldorf Approach and students.
• Break time
• A way of Preparing a curriculum to be used during the training we will organize in creative work workshops.
• Orientation activities and guidance activities of the resulting ideas to artistic and scientific studies
• Evaluation and Certificate distribution
• Sightseeing and schools visiting
Course fee: 350 Euro