Monthly Archives: February 2015

Teaching Touch

Recently, a student said to me, “You know what I like about this school? You get to sit on teachers’ laps. I need cuddles everyday.” I like that about our school, too.  Having worked in settings which physical contact with … Continue reading

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Emotional Athletics

When I was first applying to work at the Village Free School, the term “emotional bootcamp” came up. The hiring committee, made up of staff and parents, wanted to make sure that I knew that working with kids would bring … Continue reading

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All School Meeting and Mystery Lunches

Forty minutes after school began this morning, the call rang out through the hallway; “All School Meeting in the classroom!” Anyone can call an All School Meeting; everyone has to go. It’s the way our small community makes big decisions- … Continue reading

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Why Relationships Matter

When my co-workers and I explain the Village Free School to people, they nod along as we talk about free play, no letter grades, no standardized tests. They think it’s pretty cool that we let students direct their learning and design their … Continue reading

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