Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Introducing Math in Waldorf

A peek into my WISC teacher training.  In first grade, numbers and letters are introduced in Waldorf schools.  What resonated with me is:

They introduce the biggest number first.  What is the biggest number?  The biggest number is 1.

Teacher might say something like, "Children, today we are going to learn about the biggest number in the world."  And you can imagine the little children's eyes opening up wide as they try to imagine the biggest number in the world.  The awe.

The biggest number is ONE.  And from there the teacher might ask, "What is there one of?"  The children will name all sorts of instances of one, the most important being - There is only ONE YOU.

At this point a teacher might say, "Yes, only one YOU.  Only you can do what you were put on this earth to do."  Imagine the feeling of will and strength and importance that places within a child.

In fact, the message that One person CAN change the world is an essential message that is woven in throughout their twelve years of school.  How empowering is that?

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