• Anthroposophy,  Podcast,  Touching on Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education,  Waldorfy Podcast,  What is Waldorf Education

    What is anthroposophy?

    In this episode I speak with Torin Finser, PhD. Torin has has a lengthly career serving Waldorf education, first as a Waldorf class teacher and then as a faculty member and director of the Waldorf Teacher Education Program at Antioch University New England. Torin has served as the general secretary for the anthroposophical society in America as well as helped found the Center for Anthroposophy in New Hampshire. His research and writings have reached people all over the world including several books that have been translated into multiple languages. I was so fortune to speak with Torin, seeking to answer the question, “What is anthroposophy?” If you’re a parent or…

  • Podcast,  Touching on Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education,  Waldorfy Podcast,  What is Waldorf Education

    What is Waldorf Education? PART 2

    In this second segment of my exploration of “What is Waldorf Education?”, I speak with retired Waldorf Teacher, Hugh Renwick. Hugh, who also happens to be my father in-law, has thirty years of experience as a Waldorf teacher, seven as a high school teacher, and twenty one as class teacher in the lower grades. Hugh elaborates on what it means to educate to the developmental stage that the child is at, in addition to giving a picture of what those phases look like, which Glynn also touched on in PART 1. He also speaks about the Waldorf curriculum from kindergarten all the way through high school. RESOURCES: In this episode…

  • Podcast,  Touching on Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education,  Waldorfy Podcast,  What is Waldorf Education

    What is Waldorf Education? PART 1

    In this first episode of Waldorfy I speak with veteran handwork teacher Glynn Graham. Glynn has twenty five years of experience as a Waldorf handwork teacher and four years as a class teacher. Within this first part of my two episode exploration of “What is Waldorf Education?”, Glynn first discusses the founding of Waldorf education and the first Waldorf school. She then goes into more depth on the Waldorf approach. We talk about what “head, hearts, and hands” really means in relation to Waldorf, she and speaks about what really distinguishes Waldorf education for a more traditional approach. EDIT: I mention in introducing Glynn in this episode that her husband…

  • Alumni Perspectives,  Touching on Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education

    A Waldorf Alumni Perspective

    One of the the things I’ve been most looking forward to diving into within Waldorf education is the global movement. How in one hundred years, has Waldorf Education spread to one thousand schools in sixty countries? How can teachers, communities, and parents, create the same kind of consistent, naturing, environment that a Waldorf school needs to provide? I really thought about how to approach this post. In the end I decided to take a slightly different route than I have before. This week, I’m so fortunate to have some other “Waldorfy” alumni on board for a more diverse perspective.   Here’s what they have to say.   Which Waldorf school…

  • Podcast,  Touching on Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education

    The Waldorfy Podcast!

    I've been a busy bee over here! First of all, thank you so much for your support. I've had a lot of wonderful feedback already and it makes me really happy that so many people are finding Waldorfy to be a helpful resource. Today, I'm most excited to introduce my newest project: the Waldorfy Podcast! This is something I've been working on for a few months now and I'm so pumped for it to launch! You can expect new episodes twice a month. Each podcast episode will be an interview with a Waldorf teacher or an anthroposophist discussing a particular area of their expertise. I hope to cover each topic…

  • Touching on Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education

    Art and Waldorf Education

      As a child art surrounded me. I grew up a child attending a Waldorf school. Art was part of my everyday. It was something to enjoy, something to participate in, and a way to connect with whatever I was learning. Ask many Waldorf students and they’ll tell you the way they learned to remember something such as times tables or the days of the week has a connection with colors, a song, or movement. What was Steiner’s intention in creating so much room for art in Waldorf Education? How do our brains make connections through art? Why is it beneficial to provide space for art in a child’s education?…