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Leadership And Self-Administration – Are They Compatible?

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

By Michael Harslem   Some might regard the term leadership1 as questionable, the implication being that if there is a leader there must be others who require to be led. Leadership involves telling others what to do, having power over them and imposing one’s will on them. The current image of a leader is that of someone who knows better, who is responsible for others, understands...

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Developing a Culture of Leadership Learning and Service in Waldorf Schools

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

By Christopher Schaefer, PhD   This essay was adapted from a talk given at a Leadership Symposium at Camphill Soltane, January 26-28, 1996: “Leadership in the Culture of Anthroposophical Organizations.” It also appears in a book, Partnerships of Hope: Building Waldorf Schools and Other Communities of the Spirit, published in 1998.   I can summarize my experience working...

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Approaching the inner nature of a Waldorf / Rudolf Steiner school

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

By Michael Harslem   Translator’s note: In this article “Annäherungen an das Wesen einer Waldorfschule”, Michael Harslem approaches the challenge of school leadership by comparing the individual human being with the being of the Waldorf school. Personal leadership thus becomes the key to organisational leadership. I have tried as far as possible to keep to the conversational...

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Walk Warily

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

Walk Warily, walk warily, be careful what you say: because now the Sunderers are hovering round, the Dividers are close upon us, dogging our every breath and watching our every step, and beating their great wings in our panting faces. The angels are standing back, the angels of the kiss. They wait, they give way now to the Sunderers, to the swift ones the ones with the sharp black...

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Natural Learning Through Seasonal Festivals

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

Written by Jennifer S on August 15th, 2011 (Edited for the southern hemisphere experience)   “Celebrating festivals can bring us consciously to what we all experience instinctively in our daily lives, the changing cycles of the seasons and of life itself. Through various festivals and rituals we acknowledge and celebrate our connection to and our responsibility toward each...

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I care and you matter – thoughts on Michaelmas

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

By Didi Offerman   It is 240 years since James Watt perfected the steam engine; 130 years since Daimler and Benz invented the petrol engine.  Now we have aeroplanes flying at twice the speed of sound, space probes on Venus and Mars, the computer entering every aspect of our lives etc and we are living in the time of the Archangel Michael. What is Michaelmas?  Before we can...

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Festivals

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

Festivals are a celebration of the seasons of the year and connect us to the world around us. They fall in an annual rhythm that can be strengthening to the physical body of the young child. For me, a festival celebrates the coming together of earthly and cosmic forces. Festivals create communities of human beings by celebrating the harmony of earth and cosmos, of matter and spirit....

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Why Positive Parenting?

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

by Dr. Laura Markham   “I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a parent or teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it...

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What’s Wrong With Strict Parenting?

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

By Dr Laura Markham   Research shows that most people think strict parenting produces better-behaved kids.  However, research studies on discipline consistently show that strict, or authoritarian, child-raising actually produces kids with lower self esteem who behave worse than other kids — and therefore get punished more!  Strict parenting actually creates behavior...

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Teens and Boundaries

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

Author: Unknown Date: September 2010   One of the things that define the teen years for many parents is difficulty with boundaries and discipline. Teens are eager to assert their independence, and this can often conflict with the rules you’ve set for your family. Dealing positively with these conflicts is important and will set a good example for your teen as he or she matures...

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