Your To-Be List: How the Mundane Can Become Miraculous in Everyday Classroom Life

Description of Workshop:

If we are doing our work as we intend, our classrooms are filled with scintillating ah-ha! moments that emerge like stunning galaxies the midst of well-designed, interdisciplinary lessons. There are also (let’s be honest) plenty of mundane moments as well: picking up paper scraps from under the table after the completion of an art activity. Waiting in line to wash hands. Holding the door for fellow classmates. Cleaning out cubbies and lockers. Wiping off tables. Sharpening pencils. Handing out materials. The list is endless.

The same can be said of home and family life with our children: There are stunning mountain vistas where we stand hand-in-hand, wrapped in the warmth of love — and then there are rooms to be straightened, tables to be set, arguments to be settled, dishes to be washed.

What if these everyday moments were used as opportunities for our children to practice at the being joyful, kind, patient, loving, courageous, and strong? Your To-Be List is a system of thought and practice that will help our students realize their highest personal intentions through the mindful experience of mundane moments every single day.

In this interactive workshop, participants will practice at identifying their daily to-be’s, using their to-be list to become more mindful and intentional throughout the day, and then tracking their progress in living out their intention through everyday moments.

Lauren Rosenfeld

Lauren Rosenfeld is a lifelong educator, a life coach, a speaker, and an author. She teaches individuals and groups about the power finding miracles in the mundane.

Her teaching career spans over three decades during which she has served as a lead classroom teacher, a mentor teacher, and an administrator. Lauren has also led numerous workshops for adults on the topics of mindfulness, meditation, and spirituality.

She holds graduate degrees in Judaic Studies from and Education from Hebrew College and Lesley University, respectively. She is the author of two books, Your To Be List: Turn Those Dreaded To-Do’s into Meaningful Moments and Breathing Room: Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home.  She is currently writing a third manuscript about what science and spirituality teach us about who we are and what we are made of.

She is a scholar of classical Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah) and a Buddhist practitioner in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. She lives in Asheville with her husband James. The two are parents to four adult children. Lauren and James’ most recent joint accomplishment is achieving the status of empty-nesters in September 2018.

Lauren taught 4th and 5th grades at RCS and also served as a mentor teacher there. Her son, Alec (now a junior in college) is a proud and grateful graduate of RCS.