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September 16, 2021

Teacher Spotlight: Biology Subject Expert Teacher Dr. Isquith

Whether it’s one of her high school classes or middle school classes, Biology Subject Expert Teacher Dr. Isquith’s students are often on their feet working collaboratively on a project or lab. From creating a working set of lungs out of balloons and a 2-liter bottle to dissecting a sheep’s brain, Dr. Isquith’s classes are some of the most hands-on classes at school, which is one reason students love her!

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April 6, 2016

An Experiment in Learning: 7th Graders Teach Kindergarteners

Teachers who are quick to recognize new learning opportunities and adapt lessons to meet the needs of a dynamic classroom make for the most memorable educators. Such opportunities are just one of the many reasons that our classrooms are more dynamic, more accelerated, more engaging, and lead our program to produce the greatest minds of the future. This story of teacher ingenuity in the classroom comes to us from our sister campus, BASIS Independent Brooklyn:

Demonstrating Mastery…The BASIS Independent Way

McLaughlinHahnThe middle school science curriculum at BASIS Independent Brooklyn is expansive, breaking down the sciences into the core disciplines of chemistry, physics, and biology, each taken 3 times per week throughout the year.  In biology, students just wrapped up a unit on functions and parts of cells, a fairly complex topic. Dr. Angela Hahn, Subject Expert Teacher for 6th, 7th and 8th grade biology and chemistry, works daily to break down complex subjects not typically seen until high school in American schools (or even college) to make them comprehensible to the 12 year old mind, finding key access points along the way to connect with students. 

Dr. Hahn is, as all BASIS Independent teachers are, a firm believer that if a student really ‘knows’ something and they can teach it to someone else, in their own words, then they have mastered it.  This simple concept is the genesis of what came to be an experiment in what it means to be a student – and a teacher – for our 7th graders.

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November 12, 2015

An Experiment in Learning: 7th Graders Teach Kindergarteners

Demonstrating Mastery…The BASIS Independent Way

McLaughlinHahnThe middle school science curriculum at BASIS Independent is expansive, breaking down the sciences into the core disciplines of chemistry, physics, and biology, each taken three times per week throughout the year. The following post demonstrates just one of the many creative ways in which BASIS Independent teachers guide students toward subject mastery.Additionally, teachers and students alike find joy in the spontaneity of finding new ways to collaborate with each other...and perhaps start new school traditions.

In biology, students just wrapped up a unit on functions and parts of cells, a fairly complex topic. Dr. Angela Hahn, Subject Expert Teacher for 6th, 7th and 8th grade biology and chemistry at our sister school in Brooklyn, works daily to break down complex subjects not typically seen until high school in American schools (or even college) to make them comprehensible to the 12 year old mind. 

Dr. Hahn is, as all BASIS Independent teachers are, a firm believer that if a student really ‘knows’ something and they can teach it to someone else, in their own words, then they have mastered it.  This simple concept is the genesis of what came to be an experiment in what it means to be a student – and a teacher – for BASIS Independent 7th graders.

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