One of the defining elements of our Primary Program is our Symbiotic Classroom, a teaching model that pairs a Subject Expert Teacher with a Learning Expert Teacher for every core discipline.
Imagine that you are back at school, sitting in class. Maybe it's a class you excel at, and sometimes you feel distracted or bored because you've read ahead and you already know the material. 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. This is the approach that best describes the SET/LET model at BASIS Independent Fremont.
“My teachers care about what I learn. The teachers here treat us like we’re more independent. . . I like being treated like an independent person.” –Harini, grade 6, BASIS Independent Fremont
BASIS Independent Schools raises the standards of student learning to the highest international levels through our advanced, globally benchmarked curriculum. However, our schools are only able to achieve such incredible outcomes thanks to our passionate expert teachers—not just because they teach with expertise, but because each one inspires students to truly love learning. Good luck asking any of our students who their favorite teacher or class is; they will usually answer, “all of them!”
When our students enter the Middle School Program in grade 5 at BASIS Independent Schools, they leave behind the two-teacher model that defines grades 1–4 and are solely led by Subject Expert Teachers (SETs). Focused on high-level mastery, SETs are the shepherds of academic content; they have real-life experience in the discipline they teach, and often even hold advanced degrees in the field.
What does a typical day look like for a second grader at BASIS Independent Fremont? This week, we followed Learning Expert Teacher Ms. Burton's Neon class around to find out!
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.
We are excited to unveil to you the fruits of a couple of non-stop days in October - our BASIS Independent videos! Last week, we shared with you our first video in the series, our BASIS Independent Parent Video. Check out the BASIS Independent Parent Video here.
Here's a refresher on the project: Over the course of three days, we filmed three separate videos: one about the family experience with our school, the teacher perspective on what it's like to work here, and the student perspective on what it is like to learn here. We love these videos and hope you do, too.
They are raw, spur of the moment, unscripted reflections of what it's like to be a part of the BASIS Independent community.
They breathe life into Education Redefined and demonstrate what happens when you combine an accelerated, rigorous curriculum with exceptional, expert educators in an environment of support and deep respect for the art and science of learning.
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.