Enhanced conception for a waldorf school time table

Finally, after three years, I feel again confident how to enhance my school curriculum conception according to the golden rule of waldorf pedagogics: as less teaching hours as possible, as much new know-how as possible.

Here is a possible day time-table for the grades 1 – 6:
– 9:00 – 9:40 breakfast (all students and teachers)
– 9:45 – 10:25 heart education (rhythmical education, arts, see below)
– 10:30 – 11:10 brain education (the so called main or head-lesson)
– 11:15 – 11:55 will education (movement, sports, handcrafts, see below)
– 12:00 – 12:40 lunch (all students and teachers)

Here is a possible day time-table for the grades 7 – 12:
– 9:00 – 9:40 breakfast (recommended, not obligatory)
– 9:45 – 10:25 heart education (lessons)
– 10:30 – 11:10 brain education (lessons)
– 11:15 – 11:55 mathematical education (lessons)
– 12:00 – 12:40 lunch (11-12 grade: recommended)
– 12:45 – 14:05 will education (lessons)

Depending on the school and the development of the students the time table change can be at grade 7 or 6. Nowadays I will recommend grade 7, but in the future it may be grade 6. Grade 13 will be one more, additional year for exams and university preparation, diploma thesis, research work, gap year at school and so on.

All of the afternoons are free for all of the students. On Tuesday and Wednesday all teachers, that teach in the grades 5-12 are all day long at school (till 18:00). This makes it possible for the students to take part in some extra-curriculum activities in the afternoon till 18:00. The students choose there own favourite activities. Grades 1-4 have free (obligatory). Grades 5-8 can choose some activities on one of the days (no more than one day). Grades 9-12 can choose some activities on both days (free to decide if they want this).

Here the explanations about the different subjects (example for the grades 7-12):
– all three modules are connected and there is work on the same topic from the three different perspectives of the heart, brain and will. Basically the students have only one topic, but seen from three different subjects, sides. One of the three is always science. One is always arts and one is always doing for the hands or the feet. These three modules are called main topic/subject
– Till grade 6 mathematics is a main subject. From grade 7 it is a separate subject, but always connected with the main topic/subject
– Foreign languages are included obligatory at breakfast and lunch. For classes 5-8 they are obligatory also for the will lessons. For classes 9-10 they become obligatory also for the brain and maths lessons. For classes 11-12 also for the heart lesson. This means that language proficiency in two languages on a native-speaker level will be achieved after 12 years
– No mother tongue and grammar lessons. Grammar will be learned as a part of the main topic

Examples for heart lessons:
– (pan)eurhythmics
– music (singing)
– music (playing)
– drawing
– plastics
– religion
– rhetoric
– literature (all of those once every second year)

Examples for brain lessons for the grades 7-8, 9-10, 11-12:
– Biology
– Physics
– History
– Technology
– Chemistry
– Society (includes economics, arts, culture)
– Computer Science and New Media
– Geography (all once every second year, in this or similar order)

Examples for brain lessons for the grades 1-4:
– Mathematics
– Reading/Writing/Storytelling (both twice per year)

Examples for brain lessons for the grades 5-6:
– Mathematics
– Reading/Writing/Storytelling
– Beginnings of Science
– Humans and Earth (all once per year)

Examples for will lessons:
– gymnastics and sports (once per school year)
– dancing (once per school year)
– handicraft (twice per school year)

Here a possible week time-table for the grades 1-8:
– Monday – nature day, half-day, no regular curriculum (heart)
– Tuesday and Wednesday – regular curriculum (brain)
– Thursday – action day – doing something practical, half day (will)
– Friday, Saturday, Sunday – free, no school

Here a possible week time-table for the grades 9-12:
– Monday – nature day, full day, no regular curriculum (heart)
– Tuesday and Wednesday – regular curriculum (brain)
– Thursday – work in a company, practical projects, full day (will)
– Friday, Saturday, Sunday – free, no school

The nature day will be used also as a storytelling day and a kind of a heart day when all students and teachers of the school start to vibrate together.

Here a possible year time-table for all grades:
– 15.4 – 15.6 spring term (about 9 (3+3+3) weeks, 2 months)
– 15.6 – 15.7 longest day break/holiday (about 4 weeks, 1 month)
– 15.7 – 15.9 summer term
– 15.9 – 15.10 equal autumn day-night break/holiday
– 15.10 – 15.12 autumn term
– 15.12 – 15.1 longest night break/holiday
– 15.1 – 15.3 winter term
– 15.3 – 15.4 equal spring day-night break/holiday

Thus we have as nowadays about 36 (4 times (3+3+3) weeks) weeks of school and 16 (4 times 4 weeks break) weeks no school.

This all quite big change in the year curriculum is in order to establish more rhythm in the learning process. The students will have the opportunity to really learn according the different four seasons. A very interesting future work will be to research with subjects should be taught in which seasons. Having breaks exactly at the time of the change of the seasons, the student will have the free time and the possibility to get to know these times much better. And of course – the major year holidays are exactly at those times.

But the most important thing is something else – every term there will be 9 weeks of only one subject. The first three weeks will be education more for the will (practically doing something), than three weeks for the brain (in-depth understanding of the topic in detail) and finally three weeks for the heart (conclusion, see the whole picture, after having done something and having understood the details of it).

In order for this to really function it will be very meaningful to apply a good calendar. I still have to think about it.

It is very interesting that I obtained several concepts and ideas of students how the perfect school should look like. Most of these ideas are actually already included in this big conception (like going to school later, free choice of subjects, nice lunch, a lot of arts and many more). One even more interesting concept of the future that I have to write about is to have not a school building, but a school plane. The students from can fly away with the plane for two months every term and get to know different cultures and people. Of course this can be also done in the breaks.

PS: Sorry for the mistakes. I wrote not a single word in english in the last three years 🙂 And also less reading and speaking.

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Unknown Professions of the Future and Soft Skills

Have you ever heard about the profession landscape guide? Or about trend researcher? Or about biography consultant? These are all existing professions. An there are many more like this. Many of them are very interesting for the future and it is definitely a good time investment to learn more about them in the free time. Many of the classical jobs and professions are going to disappear and this will happen faster than we think. A lot of people with good, but inflexible education will have no work or at least not the work they want to have. That’s why it is very important to start know to think about how you can develop further your soft skills, how to learn new skills for the future and to obtain new qualifications.

In order to build a sustainable society, we have to reinvent many old professions and to create new ones. Generalist skills for the everyday life and survival are going to be very important. My friends and I are preparing the foundations for a total sustainable community. Not only new ways of thinking, but also new skills, education methods and professions will be needed. One of our big projects is to create a teaching and learning centre for sustainable professions and skills. We will need a lot of people with such skills who can teach the others and learn from them. People with different backgrounds and ideas! Everyone is welcome to join us and take part of the shaping of the future.

Let’s Make Gardens from Our Cities

Even really green cities in Germany with a lot or parks, wood and green are not really nature and people friendly. Especially for kids and old people, they are even dangerous. And it is really not so complicated to change this – just consider the following simple ideas:

1. City centre cars free

2. Make green grass lanes for walking on the streets and plant some flowers and trees at every street.

3. Use the roofs of the buildings. These can be used for gardens and food growing and for student rooms. And of course for collecting rain water and producing electricity from the sun, the wind and the difference of the temperature between the building and the air.

4. Put a beehive in every garden and seed a lot of colourful flowers.

5. Use the walls of the buildings to create hanging gardens and produce our own food.

If we just let our creativity fly, we can create even better ideas and change our cities completely.

City Free Tours Extended?

Have you ever heard about free city tours? Just type in free tours and a city name and you will be amazed in who many cities there are free city tours. On these tours you can learn quite a lot about the city from people who live there. You can obtain a lot of insider tips. And it is not commercial. It’s for free. Of course a small donation is always welcome if you are happy with the tour. I love the idea and I’m very happy that even Sofia has its own free tour.

Everyone can create free tours in their cities, so feel free to do this. You are not only going to make a lot of tourists happy, but you’ll also meet some great people and have a lot of fun.

On the other hand, sooner or later the free city tours can become quite standard and lose their charm. The only difference with the normal commercial tours will be that they are free. Here some ideas what to do in order to make them always different and always interesting not only for tourist, but also for locals:

1. Change the route.

2. Show not only the typical tourist attractions, but also the everyday life, for example a working area, a living quarter, a market.

3. Make some special tours which have some particular topics. It can be traditional cooking, history, outgoing night, literature, animals in the city, architecture, in the city, restaurants, parks, hotels, language, religions, sports and so on. There is an enormous variety. These tours can be made from time to time and be announced ahead. But they can be done very spontaneous as well.

4. Orientate yourself on the different events that are going on in that particular time and visit them together with the tourists.

5. Go outside the city and show the near region – mountains, rivers, sea, nature and so on.

6. Just visit some local people together.

Just be creative.

Collaborative Work

We’ve just start with some friends to work together on our ideas and create new businesses and we’ve found the Common web page. It has basically the same idea – to create common brands. This is definitely the trend and it is not only a trend, but the way towards a better future. I’m sure that there will be more groups of people like this in the future. 🙂