Waldorf Education – Steiner School Teaching

Here I am, nearly 12 months since the last posting on this site, happy to report that I am now in my second semester of Master of Teaching and Learning and I have just successfully completed my second last practicum. I spent the past four weeks learning to teach in a Steiner School year 6 classroom. The Steiner/Waldorf pedagogy is geared to address the psycho-social and emotional stages of childhood development, and to deliver a curriculum rich in arts, music, and creative inspiration appropriate to children’s needs as they grow through these stages. As a sensitive, creative, and spiritually oriented person, I naturally want to be an educator who takes care of the deeper aspects of the human being while guiding their learning – the Australian Steiner School curriculum and pedagogy gives me an opportunity to fulfill this inner need.

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Where to from here?

I like to imagine stuff, especially cool stuff that could help make the world work for all living beings…
Imagine this:
A culture of respect, admiration and gratitude for worthy, suitably qualified ‘leadership’. Teams of the most highly qualified domain experts in positions of global responsibility. Viable ethics in all interactions the measure of worthy participation at the scale of a flourishing planetary civilisation. A society filled with access to creative opportunities for all its people, where the sense of belonging and worth are supported by systemic processes whereby we find our best expression and fit in the social milieu. Seamless integration of environment, economy, technology and biology….
How do we get from here to there?
What do we need?

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Dream ON!

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Over the years I have had a series of seemingly precognitive dreams about the future of human civilisation. Now, one could be forgiven for assuming that these may have an apocalyptic or distopian flavour, however this is not the case, and each time I receive another instalment in this dream series it refreshes my sense of hope and joy, and faith in humanity.

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Co-creating a new way.

From little things, big things grow.

From humble beginnings, on a conversation thread among friends on Facebook in September 2013

~ real action and commitment to creating actual mechanisms and methodologies which can facilitate widespread, informed, people driven changes ~

This is what needs to be discussed, and developed. Bigger than any one of us, more powerful than any existing power structure, more life affirming than all of human history. This is a conversation where *really* listening to one another may mean the difference between life and death for billions of living beings.

How is listening done? What practices might best empower the process? https://allisasis.com/library/resources-for-system-and-participation-design/

An idea has  formed into a seed, a seed which is set to sprout a root into the Earth in South Africa at the winter solstice of 2014. During this time of deep introspection, a core team of inspired volunteers will converge upon the site of earliest human activity that is accessible to us today, and set an intention – to truly co-create the possibility of embracing the new. A deep listening, an honouring, a learning journey, will commence.

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Teaser.

A paragraph from a futuristic novel I am writing – just because it is true for me here now also:

The research method I engage is an ever evolving outgrowth of and contribution to the living, growing Sensoria. This omnipresent awareness permeates all life forms, is the context in which all that exists in order to interact is embedded, and is simultaneously processed into being by. Sensoria is the ubiquitous context in which all life form experience themselves, in what ever way they do. All perceivable phenomena are alive in their own way, every interaction is between living beings, although some move faster and are better able to express themselves than others. My part to play in this ongoing process is to be curiosity embodied, I follow that which inspires my imagination, I record, reference and refine the information that comes to light in the course of my structured inquiries, knowing that the context of my life is enriched through my contribution to it, as is the experience of all life forms now and into the future. Just following the threads of my own curiosity, and honing my capacity for sustained generative effort whilst developing the skills required to actualise the visions arising in me is the focus of my life, is the result of my gratitude for the fulfilling relationship we all have with Sensoria.”

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