Our youngest students at BASIS Independent Fremont are in our Transitional Kindergarten (TK) class, a pre-kindergarten program that maintains the high standards we hold for our students at every grade level. The students learn a lot and have fun along the way! This week, we followed the class around for a day to show you what a typical day looks like in our TK program.
One of the biggest advantages of the BASIS Independent model is the Learning Expert Teacher (LET)/Subject Expert Teacher (SET) teacher dynamic, creating greater learning opportunities for students and higher specialization of topics taught by educators. But what does this model actually look like in practice? This week, we followed Ms. Wagner, one of our Subject Expert Teachers in Humanities, throughout her day to find out!
One of the biggest advantages of the BASIS Independent model is the LET/SET teacher dynamic, creating greater learning opportunities for students and higher specialization of topics taught by educators. But what does this model actually look like in practice? Last week, we followed Ms. Castilla, one of our Learning Expert Teachers, throughout her day to find out!
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 Fremont.
And we’re back! It is hard to believe, but we began our second year of school here at BASIS Independent Fremont just under a month ago on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. This year, we welcomed over 230 students, ranging in age from Transitional Kindergarten through Grade 6, into our school. It has been a busy and exciting few weeks for our Bumblebees. In addition to acclimating to a new school year (with new cubbies and lockers and teachers and supplies!), our students have been diving deep into new content. Our kindergarteners are learning about different food groups and how to develop healthy eating habits, our first graders are beginning a multi-week interdisciplinary unit on Ancient Egypt, our fourth graders are asking deep questions about culture and community, and our sixth graders are enjoying their first few weeks as full-fledged middle schoolers!
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Fremont is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.