Turning Lead into Gold

The Transformative Alchemy of Waldorf Teaching

Jack Petrash

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  • An inspiring resource on all aspects of Steiner Waldorf teaching and being an educator offering sound advice on developing good habits, working with parents and the twelve-year change
  • Packed with helpful insights for both new and more experienced teachers
  • Written by an author with over three decades of experience in Waldorf education

Experienced Steiner Waldorf teacher Jack Petrash shares his insight and knowledge on the art of teaching and being a teacher, offering pearls of wisdom to both new and experienced educators.

216 x 140 mm
Bell Pond Books
Steiner-Waldorf Education
216 pages
Publication date:
23 Feb 2023


Teachers themselves, and the styles they use in the classroom, are inevitably wide-ranging and unique. However, there are certain character traits that can be seen in the most effective teachers: dedication, flexibility, good humour and an openness to learn new things.

Experienced Steiner-Waldorf teacher and teacher trainer Jack Petrash here offers his sensitive observations and insights into all aspects of teaching and being a teacher, as well as a lifelong learner. He shares a wealth of pedagogical insight which is both grounded in experience and which illustrates the sound principles of Waldorf education. Chapters include key areas for teachers such as developing good habits, the morning circle, working with parents, and the twelve-year change.

Turning Lead into Gold provides light and insight for teachers, whether brand new to the vocation or experienced.


Jack Petrash has been a Waldorf teacher for over 30 years, spending much of that time at the Washington Waldorf School in the USA. He has written extensively on issues related to innovative classroom instruction and is the author of Understanding Waldorf Education.

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