A Second Classroom: Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School

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What does a healthy, successful school look like? Is it all about measurable outcomes, test scores, and pass/fail grades set by the government? Can learning be quantified in short-term measurements or does real learning take years to manifest in a career or biography? All seem to agree that a healthy school is also a community and that community depends on the quality of relationships―chiefly the relationships among students, teachers, and parents.

This book features a comprehensive examination of the parent–teacher relationship in all its dimensions, from parent evenings and conferences to communication, conflict, and the life-cycle of parent involvement in their school.

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In between the chapters on practical advice are sections that consider the issues from a deeper, spiritual dimension. This book is intended to stimulate conversation, self-reflection, and relational practices that awaken community life in and around our schools.

C O N T E N T S:


1. Words of Advice
 ― For the Beginning Teacher
 ― For the New Parent
2. Self-less-ness 
3. In Your Face 
4. The Inner Dimensions of Thinking, Feeling, Willing
5. Barriers
6. Relationships and Martin Buber 
7. Hard-to-Handle Parents
8. The Third Space 
9. Hammershus 
10. At the Foundation 
11. Communication 
12. Conflict 
13. Shards of Glass: When Ideals are Shattered 
14. Dance of the Shadows 
15. Why Parent Organizations Are So Difficult to Sustain 
16. The Life Cycle of Parent Involvement in a School 
17. The Problem of Evil 
18. The Veteran Teacher 
19. Round Churches 
20. The Importance of Administration 
21. Family of Origin as Basis for Social Interactions 
22. Parent–Teacher Conferences 
23. Parent–Teacher Conferences as Reverse Ritual 
24. The Uber-volunteer 
25. Beyond 
26. Parent Evenings, Class Nights 
27. Mothers and Fathers 
28. Spiritual Streams 
29. Waldorphans 
30. Inclusion 
31. An Extension of Consciousness 
32. Survey Results 
33. The Door 

Parent–teacher Survey: Letter to Parents and Teachers 
Student Experience 
Nine Levels of Escalation 
Reading the Face 
Roadblocks to Listening 
Why on Earth? 
Core Principles of Waldorf Education

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Weight 0.53 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 10 × 0.5 in