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 zone 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.
As a BASIS Independent Brooklyn founding faculty member, Ms. Hetty King has explored themes of yoga, anatomy, dance, nutrition, rhythm, and more with our youngest students since our school first opened four years ago. Ms. King brings years of professional dance and movement experience to the classroom as well as years of teaching children of all ages. You can read more about her extensive experience here.
We asked Ms. King to share some of her practices with our families, so parents could understand more of the thought and deliberation that goes into her lesson planning. This post is a behind-the-scenes look at her work with both our Early Learning Program and Primary School students.
Today marks the first day of an important week in the life of a BASIS Independent Brooklyn Middle School Student. It's pre-comp time!
The first time a BASIS Independent student takes a precomp can be, well, scary (to all the parents reading, we promise they will get used to it!). Pre-comprehensive exams (pre-comps), taken by 6th grade and above, are cumulative exams that cover what the students have learned up until the mid year point of the school year.
Showing Support, BASIS Independent Brooklyn Style
It is a BASIS tradition to give students encouragement "goody-bags" on the school day before their first exam. Usually these goody-bags contain healthy snacks for energy, a little sweet pick-me-up, pens, pencils, and a stressball.
We decided to take it a step further at BASIS Independent Brooklyn and enlist the cheery support of our primary school students to 'adopt' a middle schooler and write them a heartfelt note of encouragement.
Each student in 6th grade and above received a note written by 1-2 students in grades K-4. The students were given minimal guidelines - only to write from their hearts.
What words would make you feel encouraged at a time when you really needed a little support?
Making the rounds right after lunch, students were given a pep talk from our Head of School, Mrs. Thompson, and then to their surprise and delight, given their treats.
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.