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Posted on Mar 31, 2011

Gillispie “Gems” of the Week

March 31, 2011

"The boys were using ropes, pulleys, and teamwork to hoist their 'treasures' up to the loft. When it was time to clean up, they were asked to figure out how they could work together to move the basket left and right in addition to up and down. It didn't take long for the boys to come up with a solution. By observing and listening to the children, we know when to step in and ask timely, open-ended questions to further understanding. This helps us to turn an ordinary activity, such as raising and lowering a basket, into a more meaningful learning experience that involves critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork." Mr. Royer and Ms. Starzyk Rm. 4 Prekindergarten Teachers

Gillispie's Grade 6 students pose for a quick group portrait before they hit the trail to Idyllwild for the annual 2-night camping trip to Astrocamp. As noted in today's teacher's log: "This morning we had an early breakfast, launched rockets, went through a maze and low ropes course, and are learning about the atmosphere and gases. Everyone is happy, healthy, and having a blast!" Mrs. Chaney

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