The first Waldorf school opened in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany.At present there are about 1,150 independent Waldorf schools, environments.
In the elementary years, a core teacher teaches the primary academic subjects.
A central role of this class teacher is to provide supportive role models both through personal example and through stories drawn from a variety of cultures, a practice known as looping.
Today Waldorf teachers may work with the notion of temperaments to differentiate their instruction.
Seating arrangements and class activities may be planned taking into account the temperaments of the students In most Waldorf schools, pupils enter secondary education when they are about fourteen years old.
drawing, painting or modeling), circle time (songs, games, and stories), and practical tasks (e.g.
cooking, cleaning, and gardening), with rhythmic variations.This typically begins with introductory activities that may include singing, instrumental music, and recitations of poetry, generally including a verse written by Steiner for the start of a school day.Elementary school educators' stated task is to present a role model children will naturally want to follow, gaining authority through fostering rapport and "nurturing curiosity, imagination, and creativity".Steiner's division of child development into three major stages is reflected in the schools' approach: The overarching goal is to develop free, morally responsible, and integrated individuals equipped with a high degree of social competence.Qualitative assessments of student work are integrated into the daily life of the classroom, with quantitative testing playing a minimal role in primary education.The affected schools were reopened after the Second World War, Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves.