Grades Overview Training
The ‘Waldorf Teacher Training for Grades’ program was organised by Swadhaa Waldorf Learning Centre, Pune. The training was facilitated by Anandhi, a teacher with close to 20 years of experience in Waldorf Education.
Anandhi received training from numerous Waldorf teachers such as Ms Tine Bruisma, Chris Bennet and Geert-de-Vries to name a few. Since 2002 she has been associated with Abhaya, where she taught the grades as well as took up in-house training and mentoring. She led the team of teachers to study the Steiner curriculum and research it from an Indian perspective. This was the seed of the document, 'The Abhaya School Curriculum', a book that is extensively used by teachers in various Waldorf schools within the country.
The workshop was intended to give a clear understanding of early grades (1 to 4) in the light of Waldorf Education. It sensitised teachers not only to various Waldorf practices in subjects such as Language, Math, Form Drawing, Painting and Singing, but also gave a deep understanding of child development, and how a teacher can translate that knowledge into actual classroom practices. The approach was to understand the subject matter through theoretical as well as practical methods, involving a lot of hands on activities.