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Discussions with Teachers

(CW 295)

Rudolf Steiner Translated by Helen Fox , Catherine E. Creeger and Maisie Jones Introduction by Craig Giddens

224 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"



Published:  June 1997


15 discussions with teachers of the Stuttgart Waldorf School, Aug. 21 - Sept. 6, 1919;
3 lectures on the curriculum, Sept. 6, 1919 (CW 295)

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. each day, he gave the course now translated as Foundations of Human Experience; at 11:00 a.m. he gave the lectures contained in Practical Advice to Teachers; and then after lunch, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., he engaged the informal "discussions" published in this book.

The tone in Steiner's Discussions with Teachers is spontaneous and relaxed. He does not prescribe specific methods but introduces topics and situations, offering guidelines and allocating practical assignments, which are then taken up and discussed in the next session. These discussions are filled with insights and suggestions in many different areas of teaching—history, geography, botany, zoology, form drawing, mathematics, and much more.

Speech exercises are included. This edition also includes, for the first time in English, three important lectures on the curriculum, given the day before the Waldorf school in Stuttgart opened to its first students.

These fifteen discussions constitute an essential part of the basic training material for Waldorf teachers.


Discussions with Teachers is a translation from German of Erziehungskunst. Seminarbesprechungen und Lehrplanvorträge (vol. 295 in the Bibliographical Survey, published by Rudolf Steiner Verlag, Dornach, Switzerland, 1961).

Related Titles

  • The Foundations of Human Experience : (CW 293)
  • The Education of the Child : And Early Lectures on Education (from CW 31, 33, 34, 55, 60, 96)
  • Faculty Meetings with Rudolf Steiner : (2 volumes, CW 300a/b)
  • Practical Advice to Teachers : (CW 294)
  • Educating Traumatized Children : Waldorf Education in Crisis Intervention
  • Rhythms of Learning : What Waldorf Education Offers Children, Parents, and Teachers
    (Revised 2nd Edition)

    Related Titles by Subject:

    Waldorf & Special Needs Education and Waldorf & Special Needs Education: Foundations