A Second Classroom
Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School
What does a healthy, successful school look like?
Is it is 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. 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.
"The world of parent-teacher relations has grown more complex over the years
and at its worst can feel like a minefield. Torin demines and demystifies the
experience with information, insights, stories, and warmth, creating a safe passage
for teachers and parents." -Joan Almon, Waldorf educator and cofounder of
Alliance for Childhood "Readers of my books will appreciate Torin's approach t
o parent-teacher relations. He looks at the key issues through various lenses and
gives both practical and spiritual advice to all who seek to build healthy
relationships around our school-age children.
I highly recommend this new book!" -Thomas Moore,
bestselling author of Care of the Soul "What Torin has so sensitively
crafted here will give you greater simplicity and spaciousness in school
community life. I highly recommend this book to all parents and teachers,
but especially to those connected to Waldorf schools." -Kim John Payne, M.Ed.,
author of Simplicity Parenting and Beyond Winning "This book is a call for parents
and teachers to work more effectively together on behalf of our children. Torin uses
a variety of approaches to stimulate conversation and help us strengthen the
communities around our schools.
I highly recommend this provocative book!" -David Sobel,
author of Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities