Articles

Adapting to Change

By Miss Cindy Cornish, Vice Principal & Class 6 Teacher

17 March, 2020

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” - Lau Tzu

We have all heard the famous quote: “Change is the only constant in life.” Over the past weeks we have found ourselves being forced into adapting to ever-changing circumstances. Each individual in our diverse community is dealing with a certain level of change and adjustment, and each one of us is coping in the best possible way.

Being able to adapt to change is considered an essential life skill. As teachers, students and parents, we are forced to embark on this extraordinary educational journey during the suspension of schools, and we need to work in extraordinary ways. Teachers are required to stretch their imaginations to bring education to the students through a virtual world that is not necessarily “compatible” to our teaching methodology, while parents find themselves responsible for guiding their children through their “weekly work” which would usually take place in the classroom, and the students are adapting to new rhythms and direction without the comfortable routine of the day with their classmates and teacher.

The Waldorf curriculum focuses on child development. The teacher approaches the child from an objective understanding of the developing human being. The child learns through imitation in the early years and seeks boundaries and guidance from the adults around them. Rhythm and routine are essential to the feeling of safety and security which supports the learning environment. Older children seek “role models” in different forms and influences and will model behaviours on those chosen guides. As parents and teachers, we are the closest and most influential role models to our children.

When we are able to approach the world based on logic and not emotion, we are instilling confidence, security and excellent examples to the young people of today. When we adapt to change, there is no limit to the power and success that one can achieve and when we look towards the positive outcomes, we become stronger as a community.

“We must first make ourselves truly human, warm in soul and strong in spirit, so that we, as spirit in humanity, may find the spirit in the world.” - Rudolf Steiner.