Teachers world-wide have been working with and adding to the collective curriculum, known as Waldorf School, for now 100 years. As educators, we hope to share our lifelong teaching experiences with people who are interested in child development. As people, we strive on a daily basis to remain teachable, ourselves. This is what makes Waldorf Teacher Institute so different from other training programs. We are not here to teach a formula, but rather a way of seeing—and then how to transform that observation into action. Waldorf Education is a unique yet universal pedagogy, developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919. It is based on an understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head. When you enter a Waldorf school, the first thing you may notice is the care given to the building. The walls are usually painted in lively colors and are adorned with student artwork. Evidence of student activity is everywhere to be found and every desk holds a uniquely created main lesson book.
Another first impression may be the enthusiasm and commitment of the teachers you meet. These teachers are interested in the students as individuals. They are interested in the questions:
How do we establish within each child his or her own high level of academic excellence?
How do we call forth enthusiasm for learning and work, a healthy self-awareness, interest and concern for fellow human beings, and a respect for the world?
How can we help pupils find meaning in their lives?
The short film, Waldorf 100, helps explain why Rudolph Steiner Schools or Waldorf Schools now celebrate 100 years of parent commitment. They are chosen by parents because these schools serve the needs of family in important ways. Waldorf Schools are the fastest growing education in the world.