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When you first meet someone it is usual to give a friendly smile as you shake hands and say hello. Perhaps a nod of the head.
In his account of his time in his Waldorf school Gregoire Perra describes how the teachers would greet each child every morning, looking in to their eyes and shaking their hand for a long time before they went in to class. This is something I also remember from my brief time in a Steiner school. It struck me as odd, I thought it was just a particular teacher’s unusual methods (which did work, the children seemed to regard him as a demi-god), but now I know this must be happening everywhere in Waldorf.
It chimes in with the techniques I mentioned before in the Teachers Handbook, about how to make it difficult for anyone else to teach your class. The class sees itself as a special group with…
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