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School as a Journey

The Eight-Year Odyssey of a Waldorf Teacher and His Class

October 1995
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  • Published
    1st October 1995
  • ISBN 9780880103893
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.

This is a lively, colorful, and absorbing account of a class teacher's journey with his class, from first grade through the eighth grade in a Waldorf school.

Straightforward and humorous, School as a Journey provides an excellent introduction to the daily activities of a Waldorf school classroom. Torin Finser—who is now Director of Waldorf Teacher Training at Antioch New England Graduate School—wrote this book especially for parents, prospective parents, and educators who are new to Waldorf education.

Filled with pedagogical gems, tips, and resources, School as a Journey will also prove an invaluable resource for those who are currently Waldorf class teachers. For those who wish to delve more deeply into this revolutionary form of education, the author has also included extensive documentation, with references to the works of Rudolf Steiner and of others experienced in Waldorf education.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in this revolutionary form of education.

“Torin Finser's School as a Journey is an inspiring account of one teacher's odyssey. Along the way, he reveals the secrets of good education in any setting: effective partnership with parents, a strong sense of collegiality among the staff, and—above all—the presence of dedicated teachers who are motivated by a sincere love and respect for their students.”

Ernest Boyer, President, Carnegie Foundation

C O N T E N T S:


1. Once upon a Time
2. The High Road and the Low Road
3. Toward Community
4. Trials by Fire
5. In Balance
6. With Both Feet Firmly Planted on the Ground
7. Outer and Inner Explorations
8. Rounding the Corners

Appendix: Educating for Creative Thinking by Joan Almon


Torin M. Finser

Torin M. Finser, PhD,has served Waldorf education for more than four decades, first as a class teacher and later as the Director and faculty member of the Waldorf Teacher Education Program at Antioch Uni-versity New England. A former General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America, he also helped found the Center for Anthroposophy in New Hampshire. His research and writ-ings have reached people all over the world, including several books that have been translated into multiple languages. Torin has served as a consultant, workshop leader, and keynote speaker at numerous conferences. He is married to Karine, has six children, and is also now a very happy grandfather!