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Waldorf Institute Direct

A NEW ONLINE COURSE FOR INDIA AND EAST ASIA

With SVEN SAAR, ALAN SWINDELL and others

Starting in September 2022

With much experience in delivering seminars to non-UK settings online, the Waldorf Institute also offers its own courses. While we prepare topics to cater for participants in specific locations, our approach is always decolonialised, globally relevant and contemporary.

All our seminars are delivered in English, with the option of simultaneous interpretation into Thai, thanks to the generous support from Dulyapat Waldorf School in Khon Kaen.

          The Waldorf Institute Approach: a participant’s view

We are truly inspired by your work and what I most love is your intent to decolonise not only the colonial but also the Waldorf dogmas and limiting beliefs. For individuals from countries like mine, still with a colonial hangover, it is quite refreshing to hear your perspectives and beneath that to see your intentions. I’ve seen this spirit run through a lot of your work that I’ve gotten in touch with and have deep regard for it.

                                                                                         Santhya Vikram, Founder, Yellow Train School, Coimbatore, India https://www.yellowtrainschool.com

1 Waldorf Education - A modern Introduction

12 to 14 September 2022 4.30 to 6.30 India Time (12 noon UK)

Alan Swindell, Jill Taplin and Sven Saar

A course to explore modern Waldorf Theory and practice in Early Years, Grade School and High School.

How do Waldorf schools build an educational environment that prepares children and young people for life while respecting and encouraging their unique individuality? Discover the principles behind a pedagogy that changes and develops with the growing child. An illustrated course with many helpful examples and inspiring thoughts.

2 Rhythm and Movement in Education

10 to 12 October 2022 4.30 to 6.30 India time (12 noon UK)

Sven Saar and Kevin Campbell-Davidson

A course exploring how rhythm allows children to learn in a healthy, holistic and efficient way.

Rudolf Steiner once described as the golden rule of education that “children must never tire!” This can only be achieved by creating a curriculum that is rhythmical, where learning follows healthy biorhythms and self-motivation bestows energy. Placing the needs of the child at the centre also challenges us to reconsider the layout of the classroom and the lesson flow. Many practical examples make this a very useful course for all Grade and High School teachers.

3 Numeracy the Waldorf Way

14 to 16 November 2022, 4.30 to 6.30 India time (11am UK)

Alan Swindell

A course exploring how to introduce arithmetic and continue in an imaginative, sustained and effective practice.

 What does it mean to work from the whole to the parts? And how do we implement Steiner’s dictum that arithmetic should follow practical life? Which are useful modern Waldorf methods and work schemes one could follow with confidence? And how do we avoid creating maths blocks and encourage confidence and enthusiasm for mathematical discovery?

 

4 Lesson Planning and Implementation

13 to 15 February 2023, 4.30 to 6.30 India time (11am UK)

Sven Saar

A course on Curriculum creation, learning rhythms and effective classroom practice.

We learn how to prepare, conduct and review our lessons so that the process becomes a pleasure, not a chore. How do we incorporate the three stage rhythm, the seven learning rhythms, the night and future lessons? Discover how to provide for efficient learning that both teachers and pupils can enjoy!

5 Assessment for Learning

13 to 15 March, 2023, 4.30 to 6.30 India time

Alan Swindell and Sven Saar

A course on assessing the impact of our teaching: what are good principles for assessing progress, giving feedback, and forward planning?

We learn the difference between various approaches and discover useful tools that allow us to use assessment which informs future teaching and encourages future learning. We also learn how to assemble progress data that is actually useful for our understanding of individual children as well as year groups, all from a thoroughly grounded Steiner Waldorf perspective.

6 Inclusion

3 to 5 April, 2023, 4.30 to 6.30 India Time

Sven Saar, Alan Swindell and Ann Swain

A course on Special Educational needs, classroom differentiation and Equality and Diversity issues. 

By asking “Is the school ready for this child?” rather than “Is this child ready for school?” we introduce important new paradigms into our work: how does it feel to be a pupil here? Am I seen for who I am? Are the teachers validating my perspective and assisting me to the best of their ability, or are they expecting me to fit outdated patterns?

Modern culture is finally asking questions which are long overdue, and to which all educators need to find answers. This course will help us take important steps towards this.

Possible Topics for year 2:

Geography, History, Literacy & Storytelling, Science, Mentoring, Leadership

Cost per three day course:

  • INR 2500/ £ 25 for individual participants (or INR 12,000 / £ 125 for all six)
  • INR 7000/ £75 for schools with fewer than 100 pupils (or INR 35,000 /£365 for all six)
  • INR 10000/ £105 for schools with 100 to 300 pupils (or INR 50,000 / £525 for all six)
  • INR 15000 / £155 for schools with over 300 pupils (or INR 75,000 / £785 for all six)
  • There is no limit to the number of teachers participating in each school.
  • We will provide additional materials and study suggestions for offline engagement with each topic.
  • Please book by writing to info@waldorfinstitute.uk or via the Booking Page (you can ignore references and application fee). Thank you!

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