For two weeks, prior to the opening of the first Waldorf school in
Stuttgart, Rudolf Steiner intensively prepared the individuals he
had chosen to become the first Waldorf teachers. At 9:00 a.m.
he gave the course now translated as Foundations of Human
Experience; at 11:00 a.m., Practical Advice to Teachers; and
then, after lunch, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., he held the
informal "discussions" published in this book.
The tone is spontaneous and relaxed. Steiner does not prescribe
specific methods but introduces topics and situations, giving
guidelines and allocating practical assignments that are taken
up and discussed in the next session. In this way, the
discussions are filled with insights and indications in many
different areas of teaching - history, geography, botany,
zoology, form drawing, mathematics.
Speech exercises are included. This edition also includes,
for the first time in English, three very important lectures
on the curriculum given on the day before the school opened.
These fifteen discussions constitute an essential part of the
basic training material for Waldorf teachers.