Being a Waldorf Teacher at Prerana.

Who the teacher is as a person is of tremendous importance and the depth and quality of the child’s education is bound not only to the teacher’s mastery of the subject but also their attitude, moral uprightness, sensitivity, and objectivity.

To be a Waldorf teacher one must be an artist in the sense that one must have the flexibility of soul to be open and receptive to inspirations when they present themselves, the self motivation to seek creative strategies in meeting the changing needs of the children, and have a deep and genuine interest in the world and it’s limitless possibilities.

Teaching children is a tremendous responsibility and a demanding task for teaching is not simply a job, it is a calling. The teacher does not need to be a seer but must be a seeker, a seeker of the truth who strives to develop ever deeper insights into the individual child and the overarching picture of child development. A true teacher meets the children where they are at their stage of development rather than forcing them to conform and adapt to a predetermined picture of what they should be. Waldorf teachers lovingly guide and shepherd the children along so that they may more fully realize their own potential and embrace their individual destiny.

The flexibility of soul required and the ever changing demands on teachers are rather unique for how we direct and work with the children is always changing for their consciousness is constantly evolving. In a Waldorf school, the teacher follows along with their class from Grade I to Grade VII or VIII and the teacher develops a very deep, intimate understanding of the class and the individuals in it. The teacher has years to strengthen individuals where they are challenged, encourage greater self confidence, and help every child to meet with success.

To fully and properly meet the demands of being a Waldorf teacher, one has to be on a path of self development and actively working to harmonize and bring into balance one’s own temperament. In addition, one must have a commitment to professional development by consistently learning and mastering new material. The teacher must be very serious about their responsibilities and the importance of their task but must also have a light touch and sense of humor when working with tender young souls rather than being an authoritarian who enforces their will through fear and intimidation.

Conventional mainstream educational models were first introduced in India during colonial rule and the trend has been to over burden children with facts and information which are often irrelevant, disconnected, and devoid of meaning. Subjects are taught in very dry, abstracted ways with little relationship to reality and life. By only teaching to the intellect, personal creativity and imagination are suppressed and there is little encouragement or opportunity for free independent thinking and consideration of the many possibilities outside of the text book approved answers. In short, the capacities of children for creative problem solving, nuanced logic, and sequential thinking is diminished by only focussing on brain activity and giving the greatest importance to the retention of factual data.

Waldorf education strives to bring balance back into our lives by awakening the unrealized potential and nurturing the imagination of every child and providing opportunities for them to put their skills and gifts to practical use in the world. The teacher serves as a conductor of a diverse orchestra, working to bring together the performers to create beautiful music and harmonies. There are ample opportunities for soloists to share their gifts and inspire others but together, through our combined and cooperative efforts we can enthusiastically achieve something even greater, reaching new and unimagined heights. Through the wisdom of the curriculum which appropriately meets the child at every stage of their development, with their enthusiasm for the very process of learning rather than just the results, and their genuine love of the children, Waldorf teachers weave academic and social impulses together to strengthen and enliven our humanity and help create a world which is imbued with reverence, joy, and meaning. In short, Waldorf teachers help to sculpt the future through the human virtues of truth, beauty, and goodness.

Training to be a Waldorf Teacher.

Learning is a life long endeavor and this is even more true for Waldorf teachers. In a world of rapid changes and the demands of meeting the changing consciousness of growing children, a Waldorf teacher must be committed and steadfastly engaged in efforts to further their professional development. Our teachers receive extensive training from experienced, trained teachers and mentors as well as regularly attending training workshops and conferences throughout India and the world.

At Prerana, we have an in-house mentoring program where younger and more experienced teachers are partnered together to share and expand their understanding and penetration of the curriculum, its methods, and the grander picture of child development. Our teachers engage in regular pedagogical studies together, review lesson plans, student work, and share ideas and inspirations in an open collaboration to better meet the changing needs of the children. Also, Prerana teachers have been fortunate to receive regular training sessions from mentors such as David Nikias and Katherine Lehman from the United States as well as visiting trainers from Europe, Australia, and Switzerland.

Parents and others who are interested in exploring the possibility of becoming a Waldorf teacher are strongly encouraged to contact the school directly.

Dear Parents,

We hope you and your family are safe and healthy as you read this letter.  Thank you for your patience and understanding, as we have been adjusting, like you, to the drastic changes in life and work responsibilities during the last few weeks. We are extremely appreciative of our students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators for their positivity, flexibility and resilience during these trying times. Although none of us have experienced a pandemic before, we all have to be together, understanding the situation we are in, and limiting our expectations during this challenging phase.

As we miss all of students, distance learning for Prerana Waldorf School is in full motion. We are concerned for our students’ health and well-being, as well as their families.

Our goal is to provide continuous educational opportunities and practice for students while schools are closed but also to eliminate as much stress as feasibly possible for students, parents, and teachers.
Our teachers and our staff are working long hours from home while dealing with their new, but temporary, normal.
While it is our responsibility to continue to help our children learn, we also want to compassionately take into consideration the variety of difficulties that our families and staff  are enduring during this time. We also ask for your patience and understanding as we travel this new territory, too.

Thank you for the photos, the appreciation, and the helpful feedback. Your positive responses are affirming the truly amazing work our faculty is doing to translate their teaching expertise into effective distance learning.  We appreciate you as well for doing your best to carve out space and time in your work and home life to support your children’s learning.

From 17th April 2020 for classes I to X and from 24th April 2020 for class XII scheduled summer vacation is starting, and when school resumes on 11th June for classes I to XII, and on 18th June for Nursery and Kindergarten, hopefully, life will get back to normal, eventually.
After this experience is over, our lives will include more appreciation of our blessings and our freedoms.  “This is not a time for us to panic. This is a time for us to come together.”
A huge debt of gratitude also goes to all of our doctors, nurses, hospital employees, first responders, the state Police and our state leaders for all they are doing to keep us safe and healthy.

Stay at home, stay safe!

Prerana Waldorf School