October 13, 2011
The week’s “gem” couldn’t be captured in a photograph but is worthy of sharing. It involves how early childhood Assistant Teacher Denia McGraw engaged with a couple of prekindergarten boys on the EC sport court. Noticing that the boys’ developmentally appropriate rough-and-tumble play was beginning to escalate, Ms. McCraw got down at their level to review the behavior and brainstorm alternatives. With low student/teacher ratios at Gillispie, children can be directly supported as they practice their pro-social behaviors; this is just the kind of adult involvement and coaching that helps Gillispie create confident, competent children of character.