Professional Development for Steiner Teachers

The Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar has a long and rich history offering teacher training in Rudolf Steiner education, developed over a period of over 30 years. We are strongly committed to teacher training nationally and can offer Teacher Professional Development for teachers that is anthroposophically based, inspiring, artistic and which deepens the work of individual teachers and the College of Teachers as a whole.

Our Seminar staff combine a vast range of skills, expert knowledge and experience which we can offer to schools as in-house PD by request (e.g. a Curriculum Day), catering for your specific needs.

Our Wednesday evening Part Time Course offers ongoing PD for individual teachers.

Please see the following overview of some of the PD activities we can provide. Additionally, we would be very happy to discuss your school’s specific training needs and plans to explore how we might customise a specific, in-house program to suit your school faculty.


Teacher Professional Development Subjects- combinations of sessions in these subject areas can also be organised.

  1. Inclusive Teaching:  Understanding and working with children with special or diverse needs
    • Sensory integration – practical tools for the classroom
    • Disorder and Balance
    • Trauma as “Dissociation – Re-integration”. Trauma is a dissociation force – the use of clay modelling in the class room is an example of a tool to re-integrate.

  2. The Twelve Senses: What are they? How do they relate to each other? How do they relate to learning and functioning in the world? How we work with them in education? Includes practical artistic work

  3. Clay Modelling
    • Clay modelling for Classes 1 & 2: Developing the will through basic sculptural modelling of pure forms for Classes 1-2. Includes a discussion around how and when clay is used in early primary classes.
    • Clay modelling for Classes 3 to 8: the pedagogical and therapeutic basis of clay modelling through the primary class levels with practical examples of how to bring this work, using methods that can be adapted for different classes.
    • Will development: what does it mean, using clay and form drawing as examples.

  4. Form drawing:
    • What is form drawing and why do we do it?
    • Form drawing for strengthening the 4 Foundation Senses.
    • Form drawing and balancing the Temperaments.

  5. Painting through the Class Teacher period

  6. Biography– understanding human development through the seven year phases.

  7. Curriculum:
    • Main Lesson planning for the year, term, week including sleep & rhythm (Three Step Rhythm)
    • The Epochs – in relation to child development and English, Mathematics & History
    • Geography and History
    • Sciences
    • Movement- Bothmer Gymnastics including Roundelays for your morning circle, rod work, and games.
    • Geometry Cl 5 -6
    • Geometry 7-8 including the platonic solids.

  8. The College of Teachers: What does a “College” mean? What does it mean to be part of a College? How do we work with “freedom” and “responsibility”? Techniques and practices

  9. Hard crafts (wood, leather, basket)

  10. Soft craft (knitting, crochet, felting, weaving, embroidery)

Information: please ring Wolfgang Maschek to discuss your Professional Development requirements on 03 8488 7764  or email:


Special Needs, Form drawing,
clay modelling, 12 Senses

English Literacy, Music (singing recorder), Biography (teacher self development)

Movement (Bothmer Gymnastics) and Games, Pedagogical Drama (class plays), Hard Crafts (wood, leather, basket weaving)

Epochs (curriculum development), Painting, Music (singing, recorder), Pedagogical Drama (class plays), Form drawing

English Literacy, Storytelling,
Geography, History