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May 2, 2015 Lesley Romanoff

Gaining a Sense of Wonder. It Takes Time.

There are times over the course of the year, but especially towards the end of the school year, when a teacher can sit back and simply watch the children’s stories unfold. Resting easy, without intervention or instruction, trusting that all the supports are in place to be able to simply listen as the children’s individual [...]

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April 18, 2015 Lesley Romanoff

Out on a limb: Practicing Mind-Body Integration

Andrea stepped up and reminded the parents gathered for the membership meeting to breathe. She also told me to let them breathe, but I couldn’t, just wouldn’t stop, I kept going…something very important had happened earlier during the school day and I needed to share it. It was so relevant to the evening’s topic, “Mind-Body Integration” (see [...]

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April 8, 2015 Lesley Romanoff

The Campfire Arc

This year was different. That first flame presented only a momentary pause for the children. They wanted to leave the circle even before the fire had flared to go back inside. I scrambled for ways to make them stay longer, even as I challenged myself, “What’s the big deal? Why do I NEED the children to stay?”

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