Each Waldorf teacher holds a reverence and respect for the special qualities of each stage of childhood; this is manifested in their love, patience and kindness towards the children. Everything is done with intention, creating an environment in which the wonder of childhood is embraced and the children flourish. By nourishing the mind and the senses through a healthy, beauty-filled environment, Waldorf programs foster the development of the whole child. Waldorf grades teachers will ideally guide their class from Grade 1 through to Grade 7, thereby knowing each child and striving to bring out the best in each of them.
AWSNA Guiding Principles
Founded in the early 20th century, Waldorf education is based on the insights and teachings of world-renowned artist and scientist, Rudolf Steiner. Guided by these insights, AWSNA members have adopted the following seven AWSNA Principles for Waldorf Schools. These principles articulate the most important values that inform the policies and practices of Waldorf schools in North America and are held as a central tenet of our schools’ accreditation process.
These are the AWSNA Guiding Principles: 1. The image of the human being as a spiritual being informs every aspect of the school. 2. Waldorf schools foster social renewal by cultivating human capacities in service to the individual and society. 3. Anthroposophical understanding of child development guides the educational program. 4. Waldorf schools support freedom in teaching within the context of the school’s shared agreements. 5. The conscious development of human relationships fosters individual and community health. 6. Spiritual development in support of professional growth is an ongoing activity for the faculty, staff, and board. 7. Collaboration and shared responsibility provide the foundations of school leadership and governance.