Creating Culture in Rosewood Room
When the discussion of names came up in Rosewood room, teachers saw an opportunity to inspire students to reflect on what their names mean.
They soon noticed that the children were getting confused with such a literal question, so they took a new approach to the discussion. Instead of asking, “What does your name mean?” they asked, “What does it mean to be you?”
Student responses included:
“Being Dagny means like fun!” – Dagny
“Uhmm, hero, and super lion, and a super speedy guy, and Zal. It means I save the day!” – Zal
“I’m Vale Elizabeth. It means to be a human and to be kind.” – Vale
“Thomas es un artista y me gusta dibujar para mi mama y papa.” – Thomas
The children’s responses were filled with so much warmth and joy, and are now displayed in the classroom under the heading “The Culture of Rosewood.”
About Gillispie School: Gillispie is an independent toddler through Grade 6 school in La Jolla, CA. We believe that learning is a journey in which children are active participants. Our students partner with teachers to further their academic, creative, and social growth, and we balance a child-centered approach that does not rush childhood with well-researched academic programs that demand higher-level thinking. Click here to learn more about our school.