“Steiner/Waldorf education helps children combine the use of their left brain hemisphere and their right brain hemisphere,” said Horst Hellman during the first day of his Public Lecture about Steiner/Waldorf Education in the 21st Century.
At one point he let participants move in a circle while always facing the same side. Horst asked how each one felt when they’re moving at different points of the circle. Their answers: Those standing in front of the circle who have to step backwards do so tentatively and carefully because they can’t see what’s behind them. Those standing at the back of the circle take more confident steps forward because they can see where they’re going.
The participants realized that when one is in a circle one has to take on different roles depending on where one is in the circle. Some positions are easier to move in (those standing at the very back) while other positions are harder to move in (those standing in front).
The bottom line, Horst pointed out, is to work as a team and support each other the appropriate way. When it’s your turn to lead (to stand in front), let those at the back support you appropriately by keeping the connection to each other.
Horst Hellman is a Waldorf school mentor who goes around Asia and other continents to help establish Waldorf schools in many countries. He was a teacher in Germany for 30 years. This month, Horst came to visit Tuburan Institute to mentor the teachers and share his knowledge to the public about the beauty of raising children and the Steiner School pedagogy.