At the Source: The Incarnation of the Child and the Development of Modern Pedagogy
Harlan Gilbert has written a highly readable, interesting and thorough book that will guide parents and teachers toward a deeper and more practical understanding of children, their developmental stages and how to create a pedagogy that meets children where they are.
The author’ offers grade-by-grade descriptions that include sections on how the child of a given age sees the world, the educational methodology that best meets the child’s understanding, and what curricula are appropriate, even necessary, at the given stage. These are short and sweet descriptions that nonetheless manage to go straight to the heart of the question and succeed in increasing the reader’s understanding by leaps and bounds.
About the Author
Harlan Gilbert was a class teacher in Waldorf elementary schools for 6 years. Since 2003, he has been a high school teacher of math, philosophy, and computer programming at Green Meadow Waldorf School. Harlan has taught in a variety of teacher education programs, including Sunbridge Institute/College, the Fiber Crafts Studio, and Eurythmy Spring Valley, all in Chestnut Ridge, NY. From 2017-19, Harlan was Director of the English Studies Year at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart (Germany), where he taught courses in English Language, Literature, and Cultural History. He leads and contributes to workshops on educational, philosophical, and anthroposophical themes in various locations.