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Resources > Teaching Aids > Circle Teaching

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

The Circle Sanctuary
and Its Presence
in the Room

 

The Heart-Mind

 

Preparation Before Entering the Classroom

 

The Sanctuary Approach
and the Pristine Moment

 

Having Fun in School

 

Leaving Convention Behind

 

Interfacing the Academic Studies with Our Partners
in Nature

 

What the Children Can Tell Us and What They
Already Know

 

What Makes a Teacher
for the Sanctuary School?

CIRCLE TEACHING:
A Teaching Manual for the Sanctuary School

By Patricia Jepsen
(2003, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", 29 pages, stapled booklet, US$6.00)

 

EXCERPT

The Sanctuary School offers children a foundation in kind living
and love of nature by encouraging compassionate participation,
partnership with all life, and individual creative expression.

 

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Every teacher of the Sanctuary Program must have a deep appreciation for nature and a respect for all life. This is essential and is, perhaps, the primary note in the Sanctuary Program. Children demand and command truthfulness. They are very careful to sort out in their minds who is telling the truth and speaking from the heart and who is not.

This means that a thorough self-examination and understanding of your own capacity to guide the child in the Sanctuary approach to education is necessary. If you can say that you are a friend of all life and a respecter of all living beings, as well as the natural environment, you will be able to respond to the Sanctuary School approach to education and living.

What matters now are your self-honesty and your capacity to speak and listen from your heart-mind. This handbook will explore with you the realm of heart-intelligence, how it can be reached and utilized. When the heart is understood as the sanctuary that embraces and vitalizes the circle of life, the creative magic of the teaching circle can emerge to the delight of the children and the well-being of our planet. Consciousness can be lifted directly through the heart into a world of enlightenment and compassionate service.

How do you trigger the heart-mind as active intelligence and how do you create a teaching circle in your classroom?

A teaching circle is a creative expanse of energy that penetrates the classroom. It connects all life into a single unit where no barriers can exist and no static, rigid paradigm can remain. The fluidity of the circle moves energy around from one conception base to another. It passes thoughts into higher degrees of conscious awareness and allows revelation to occur within the class. It creates mobility of
thought.

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