Awakening Intelligence

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Awakening Intelligence: The Task of the Teacher and the Key Picture of the Learning Process

Waldorf education awakens intelligence at developmentally appropriate times and prepares students for life through exercising a variety of thinking models. In this compelling book, Magda Lissau unfolds the process of intellectual consciousness and discipline as practiced in the Waldorf school. After reading this book one will become aware of the depth that the curriculum provides for each student.

Topics include:
Age-appropriate learning and the three forms of memory: Localized memory, rhythmical memory, and cognitive memory
Coceptual and volitional intelligence
Personal and impersonal intelligence
Introduction to writing and reading in grade 1
Introducing place value in grade 2
Imagination as a tool of transition
Introduction to fractions in grade 4
Mythology and history in grade 5
Astronomy-sky and earth
The theorem of Pythagoras-a measure of balance

About the Author

Magda Lissau was born in Vienna, Austria, to parents who knew Rudolf Steiner. She had intended to study chemistry at the University of Vienna, but trained as a teacher at the Camphill Schools in Scotland instead. She moved to South Africa in 1961, where she taught at a Camphill institution in Johannesburg, and then, in 1964, joined Michael Mount Waldorf School as a class teacher. While on sabbatical in 1975 she visited Waldorf teacher development institutes in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway and England, and then in North America, where she remained for three months at the Waldorf Institute in Detroit―now Sunbridge College. After moving to the United States, Magda taught and consulted with teachers in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore before moving to Chicago in 1981. She has been active there ever since, eventually both teaching in and administrating the Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program, a Waldorf teacher development institution. She also writes on Waldorf education.

Additional information

Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.4 × 9 in




August 2007






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