The Steiner Difference - The Steiner Educator

 

Steiner defined ‘three golden rules’ for teachers:

'To receive the child in gratitude from the world they come from; to educate the child with love; and to lead the child into the true freedom which belongs to man '

The reverence and respect felt by Steiner teachers for the special qualities of each stage of childhood shapes the school environment, the way teachers communicate with the children, the materials used, the activities undertaken and the approach to learning at each developmental stage. Teachers are dedicated to creating a genuine love of learning within each child. By freely using art, craft, music and language in conjunction with the teaching of academics, learning becomes a living, creative process.

Academic subjects are enriched and enlivened in a way that meets the developmental stages of the children, offering both sensory and intellectual nourishment. Steiner educators believe that children should not be rushed into adult consciousness but allowed to savour their childhood. To assist the young people to learn to know and love the world in childhood, to begin to develop good judgement in adolescence, to freely take responsibility for life’s journey in adulthood; these are our tasks as teachers and parents. Close co-operation of the teachers as a group is an important aspect of the provision of care to individual children. When a teacher encounters a difficulty with a particular student, this will be brought to the attention of colleagues at a staff meeting, and through the pooling of experience and insights, a solution can more quickly be found. While specialist teachers are involved in music, foreign languages, Eurythmy and physical education, the class teacher takes responsibility for the major part of the class work, including the main lesson.

Class teachers will have hold a Bachelor Degree in Education and Diploma or extensive experience in Steiner Education, or studying towards this Diploma. Refer to our Training page for information on Teacher Training and Adult Education.