This paper explores one school's implementation of a locally developed curriculum reform known as 'Math-Science Investigations'. At one level, it offers an account of a reform told from the perspective of a classroom teacher and her 3rd- and 4th-graders. At another level, it reconstructs their experience to explore the understandings of the general process of change developed from this situation: the critical role relationship plays in the process of reform; the recognition of the value of time as a component in change; and the necessary respect for continuity of experience of individuals in considering growth. At yet another level, it considers ways in which a story, such as 'Math-Science Investigations', exhibits characteristics of metaphor.
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