Features of the Course
- Key features of the ‘seven year phases’
- Growing down: waking up
- Interconnections between physical and psychological development
- Thinking, feeling and willing
- Sympathy and antipathy
- The role of the senses
- Child observation and Study
Education as an Art
- Curriculum studies
- Methods and practice in Steiner Waldorf education
- Developing imagination and empathy
- Lesson forming, authority, teacher awareness and skill in the classroom
- Assessment and record keeping.
Throughout the course, you will be given a range of related tasks and your understanding of these themes will be assessed through your completion of oral, written and artistic assignments.
Art in Education
During the course, you will participate in a wide range of artistic activities, including: eurythmy, the art of the spoken word, storytelling, clay modelling, music and singing, painting, drawing, including wax crayons and blackboard chalks, form drawing and crafts. The emphasis in this work will vary: sometimes it will be mainly for developing your own creativity and flexibility; sometimes it will be more directly connected to developing specific teaching skills.
Every weekend you will be given exercises in some of these arts to fulfill at home. We anticipate that among the student group there will be a wide range of skill and artistic ability. In our view, a large part of our purpose will be fulfilled when you approach any art you find challenging with determination. You will be expected to complete each task to the best of your ability and to make progress during the course, but not to achieve a predetermined standard of work.
You will be required to complete a minimum of six weeks of teaching practice in a Steiner Waldorf setting, usually in two blocks of three weeks. This can be undertaken at a time to suit you and, if necessary, after finishing the taught aspects of the course. Students who are not currently in a school will be required to observe for a minimum of one morning per week, or the equivalent, in a Steiner Waldorf school.