Early in the afternoon, Yvonne, the youngest first grader, shows up at the REAP Community Learning Center and Library two hours before the start of the student-centered learning clubs. As the only child in the library with three teachers, she is nervous and starts crying when a teacher asks her why she came very early and what she wants to do while waiting for her classmates.
Eugene, one of our teachers, approaches her and teaches her an audio game that builds English language skills. They play the game as he soothes her. She plays the game happily, smiling all the while.
Our teachers are trained to establish a supportive and caring classroom environment. As you can see from Eugene’s interaction with Yvonne.