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December 06, 2006

Going Above and Beyond

Yesterday, David finally helped another student. For the past three months he has consistently followed all the rules. He has never disrupted the class or disrespected others. He listens attentively and cleans up his mess. Yet, for the most part, up until now David has not gone above and beyond to help a friend.

I aim to make my students not only "law abiding" preschoolers but also individuals who respond proactively to someone in need. It is part of their developmental stage to focus primarily on themselves, but pre-k can also be a time when they become conscious of their larger surroundings and the importance of mutually supportive relationships.

During circle time we were all getting ready to crouch down like frogs and practice counting.  David immediately squatted on his own but then noticed his neighbor, Tanasia, continued to sit with her legs crossed. He told her, "Come on Tanasia, you can do it!"  Without another word, she sprang up, ready to rib-it with the rest of us.

We have spent months cheering on our friends when they come to the board to write or have difficulty opening a milk carton. But this was the first time David encouraged another student on his own. Way to go David!


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