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Wish, Wonder, Surprise

Category: Middle School | Date: 5 July 2016

by Betty (Kane) Staley Published: 1974 in Education as an Art,  Vol.32, No. 2 – Spring/Summer 1974   In seventh grade English lessons a study is made of the themes Wish, Wonder and Surprise. Rudolf Steiner indicated that these would be important avenues of exploration for young people just reaching adolescence. In teaching seventh graders, one becomes quickly aware of the...

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Why do Waldorf schools not make use of technology in the classroom until high school?

Category: Middle School | Date: 5 July 2016

Conventional wisdom holds that access to technology stimulates thinking, making it possible for children to learn and be prepared for the future on an equal footing.   While access to the huge storehouse of information, as well as the opportunities for collaboration represented by technology certainly are an advantage to students anywhere, research increasingly indicates that...

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The Dawning of Conscience: Moral Education and the Waldorf Curriculum in Class Four

Category: Middle School | Date: 5 July 2016

by Deborah Leah  (Reprinted from Steiner Education, Vol.31, No.2)   Steiner’s Waldorf education … has been practised for more than one human life-span. “How is it changing and developing to meet the needs of the times?” is a question often raised. Steiner foresaw the outer and inner turmoils humanity would face at the end of the twentieth century, also the...

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Narrative, The power and beauty of the spoken word

Category: Middle School | Date: 4 July 2016

by Trevor Mepham   “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”   The mighty opening verse of St. John’s Gospel sheds a veiled light on the mystery of creation and points every class teacher to one of the golden tools of teaching – the power and beauty of the spoken word; the majesty and creativity of language.   As narrator...

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Literature with the Upper School – Part 1

Category: Middle School | Date: 4 July 2016

Author: Francis Edmunds Contact details: Contact tab available on Waldorf library site Date published: Unknown Source: URL: http://www.waldorflibrary.org/articles/1139-literature-with-the-upper-school   This article examines the need for epic literature in the life of the high school student. First of 2 parts. Originally published in Child and Man, Vol.2, #1. The child of...

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How Does the Middle School Meet Puberty?

Category: Middle School | Date: 4 July 2016

Author: Michaela Glockler, M.D. Contact details: Contact tab available on Waldorf library site Date published: Unknown Source: http://www.waldorflibrary.org/articles/684-how-does-the-middle-school-meet-puberty   AWSNA lecture given at the AWSNA Teachers’ Conference, Kimberton Waldorf School Monday, June 23, 2002 Thank you for this extremely warm welcome—it is all the more...

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Finding Truth in Art, Beauty in Science

Category: Middle School | Date: 4 July 2016

by Eileen Hutchins Published:  Child and Man (UK), Vol 5, #2 Winter 1968   The attitude towards music, painting and rhythmical movement as school subjects has very much changed during the last 50 years. A few decades ago these were not part of the normal curriculum but were extras for pupils particularly gifted or for those not capable of academic work. Today most educationalists...

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Developmental Signposts of Adolescence

Category: Middle School | Date: 4 July 2016

Author: David Mitchell Date published: Unknown Contact details: Contact tab available on Waldorf library site AWSNA lecture given at the AWSNA Teachers’ Conference, Kimberton Waldorf School, Monday, June 24, 2002 Session A by David Mitchell Source: http://www.waldorflibrary.org/articles/683-developmental-signposts-of-adolescence     Developmental signposts of adolescence Note:...

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Children’s Quarrels

Category: Middle School | Date: 4 July 2016

by Elisabeth Klein (Translated by Ruth Puscb) Published: Education as an Art Vol. 22, No. 1 – Autumn, 1961   After several years and many experiences together, my class reached preadolescence and the Seventh Grade. At this time, a very serious division came about in the class. The children had been allowed to build themselves a “den”. It was in the cellar of one...

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Adolescent-parent attachment: Bonds that support healthy development

Category: Middle School | Date: 4 July 2016

Authors: Marlene M Moretti, PhD and Maya Peled, MA Date published: Unknown Contact details: Currently, you can contact Denise at Twitter or on her Facebook Page. Abstract Adolescence is characterized by significant neurological, cognitive and sociopsychological development. With the advance of adolescence, the amount of time spent with parents typically drops while time spent with...

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