Posts about Learning Expert Teacher

May 16, 2019

Science Curriculum: Success in Spiraling

Cognitive theorist Jerome Bruner wrote, “We begin with the hypothesis that any subject can be taught in some intellectually honest form to any child at any stage of development” (1960). We believe that even our youngest students at BASIS Independent Brooklyn are capable of engaging with and understanding the most difficult material if it is structured and presented appropriately. BASIS Curriculum Schools ensures major course topics are “spiraled,” or re-addressed at each grade level with increasing complexity.

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March 29, 2019

Benefits of the LET/SET Model: Teacher Perspectives

Through the innovative co-teaching design of the BASIS Independent Brooklyn primary classroom—the Learning Expert Teacher/Subject Expert Teacher (LET/SET) model—two teachers work together to serve students’ different needs in each class throughout the school day.sperrazza clementine-1

Improving upon the traditional co-teaching model of lead teacher and assistant teacher, the expert knowledge of each individual BASIS Curriculum Schools teacher serves a unique purpose. Both teachers are experienced professionals who possess deep understanding of their respective fields.

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December 4, 2017

Day In the Life: Learning Expert Teacher Ms. Weathers

Unlike the traditional self-contained classroom led by one teacher, or one teacher and an aide, BASIS Independent Brooklyn students in grades 1–4 benefit from the expertise of multiple full-time teachers, including our Learning Expert Teachers (LET), who guide students as they move between classrooms throughout the day. Students thus have two full-time, qualified teachers in each class, resulting in a unique, pedagogically-robust classroom environment.

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October 20, 2017

The SET/LET Relationship (Explained!)

Imagine that you are back at school sitting in a class you excel in. You might be a little bored because you already read ahead in the textbook, and you sperrazza class vie.jpgzone out when the teacher talks. You know this already! Or maybe you’re in a class you don’t like very much because you struggle with the material. Why is the teacher going so fast? You barely understood the last lesson! Now imagine there was a second teacher in that classroom, one who knew your strengths and areas for improvement, who could work with you to make sure you were achieving your potential in the best way for you. That second teacher in the class helping students while the first teacher leads the class creates the SET/LET relationship at BASIS Independent Brooklyn.

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May 13, 2016

Celebrating Community: Second Graders Support Brooklyn Senior Games at the Red Hook Recreation Center Torch Relay

We spend a lot of time thinking about the word "community." What does it means for us and our students at BASIS Independent Brooklyn? "Community" is a noun, but it acts like a verb; a community is ever-changing, growing, and shifting. Our school community at BASIS Independent Brooklyn, the community of Red Hook, and the larger New York City community are all in constant motion. This is the city that never sleeps, right?

Helping our students understand community and the importance of joining, creating, belonging, respecting, and growing, is a pretty big idea to wrestle with. 

Good thing we've never been afraid of big ideas.

SENIORVISIT.jpgSharing her thoughts on community, BASIS Independent Brooklyn Head of School, Ms. Hadley Ruggles states, "students often ask about their relationship to the world around them. It is critical that a student feels the comfort that comes with a community and a sense of belonging, while also recognizing what makes us a collective whole and what defines us as individuals. We foster this sense of inquiry by immersing students in their community."

On Monday, May 9, we jumped at the opportunity to connect students with neighboring Red Hook Seniors by attending the Torch Relay at the Red Hook Recreation Center and showing their support for the Brooklyn Senior Games.

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May 11, 2016

Meet Our Faculty and Staff: Stella Moon, Early Learning Program Teacher

STELLA_MOON.pngBASIS Independent Brooklyn offers a warm welcome to seasoned New York City educator, Stella Moon, who joins our founding Early Learning Program faculty!

Stella Moon's life passion is working with early learners; she brings to BASIS Independent Brooklyn over two decades of experience working with children from ages 2 to 5. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology at Hunter College in New York City. She then completed a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College (and graduated with a perfect grade point average!). She holds New York State Professional Certification in Birth through 2nd Grade. 

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May 2, 2016

Meet Our Faculty and Staff: Brian Bissinger, 3rd Grade Learning Expert Teacher

Brian Bissinger is a 3rd grade Learning Expert Teacher originally from Long Island, New York. He received his Bachelor's degree in Childhood Education, grades 1-6, from Long Island University. Prior to BASIS Independent Brooklyn, he taught 2nd grade in Cobble Hill for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic school years. From 2012-13, he taught 5th grade math in Harlem and prior to that post, from 2010-12, he taught 6th to 8th grade Special Education in Elwood, New York.

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Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Brooklyn is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.

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