a young teacher's experience with Waldorf education...and her journey beyond.
Where I'm at
I’m in a
writers group. And I’ve been reading this blog book to them. As a result, this
book has become a joy again and not something I’m just trying to finish and
that, when I thought I was finished, I had 3 dear friends read everything cover
to cover and give me valuable advice, opinions and grammar pointers! So I have
been re-reading it, editing it and posting the updated version, which you can
see under ‘chapters’ on the right side.
My goal was
to have this finally put to rest by the end of 2012 but the writers group has
encouraged me to take my time. And I must say I feel extremely blessed to have readers
and listeners from different English speaking countries and women from their
20s to their 80s give me their feedback and thoughts.
have each decade represented in our all-women’s writers group (well, from me up)! I remember I put
the advertisement out there and forgot about it when no was interested. Then
Catherine contacted me, we met, then she introduced me to other fine ladies.
Folks came and went as the expat community goes. The group died and then it was
picked up again and now it is flourishing.
interesting. This blog book is no longer the catharsis or burden it once was, instead
it’s become a way to connect with people. I had a nice young man email me
towards the end of last year, and we met because he also lives in Chiang Mai
and wanted to ask about being a Waldorf teacher!
I hear there
is a eurthymy teacher living on my street somewhere!? I have yet to meet him
but my friend Ingrid knows him. And one of the dear ladies from the writers
group just told me her friend in Lampang was a Waldorf teacher. She wants to
meet me and I can’t wait to dish!
All this to
say, I’m not sure what will happen when I am finished finished with this
blog book, so in the meantime I will enjoy the walk down the road this Waldorf experience
is taking me.
"From the opening sentence I was hooked by her honesty, candor, and humor." - J.B.
"While the story alone is fascinating, the memoir is artistically done. Her imagery and figures of speech are beautiful. The way the author builds tension and the pacing are spot-on as storm clouds seem to slowly gather against her." - D.H.
"The book is actually a good primer on the Waldorf system as well as being a delightful personal account." - Stu.
Mr. Worm = kindergarten teacher, founding father of school
Mrs. Blue jay = new kindergarten teacher (originally from NYC), mother of acorn #15*
Mrs. Peacock = kindergarten teacher, mother of acorn #21
Mrs. Squirrel = toddler group teacher
Mrs. Raccoon = kindergarten assistant, first grade assistant
Mrs. Rabbit = second, then 3rd grade teacher
Mrs. Bear = third, then 4th grade teacher
Mr. Turtle = fourth grade and eurhythmy teacher
Mrs. Turtle = eurhythmy teacher
Mrs. Raven = music teacher
Old Woman = visiting administrator from California
Mr. Skunk = school administrator
Mr. Wolf = the new first grade teacher, after I became the 2nd grade teacher
Mrs. Mouse = Mr. Gardner’s assistant, my replacement
Joanna = second year mentor
Amy = first year mentor
The students are referred to as acorns* and are numbered in no particular order.
Acorn #1 was my enigma, #2 the brain, #3 my shadow, #4 miss perfect, #5 the rock star, #6 the Zen master, #7 the artist, #8 the athlete, #9 mr. wacky, #10 the leader, #11 the comedian, #12 the all-around, and #13 the geek.
*the term acorn comes from James Hillman’s The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling.