Shalini Singh

We are very excited to add another fantastic Subject Expert Teacher to our team at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! Dr. Shalini Singh will be joining our teaching faculty for the 2022-2023 school year as a Math and Science Subject Expert Teacher.

Dr. Singh has over a decade of experience working with students, an impressive educational background, and a particular passion for math and science! 

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, had a chance to meet with Dr. Singh and is excited to help all our new families get to know her better!


Congratulations, on being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! How does it feel to join a new team for the new campus?

I am very excited to be a part of the founding faculty at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School. I am confident that with my wealth of teaching experience I will hit the ground running. As a founding member, I feel that we have a lot of freedom to be creative in deciding the best tools and techniques to be used to impart effective education to our students. It is not only a great privilege and honor but also a rare opportunity to showcase my full professional skill set as I contribute to shaping the future of this new campus.

You have such an impressive history when it comes to your education. Tell us more about your Ph.D. journey.

I was born into a family of educators. I always think of the popular saying, “The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree,” as I followed in my father's footsteps to acquire a Ph.D. and then pursue teaching as a career. 

Since my school years, I had always envisioned myself as a science enthusiast with a modern outlook.  Each year I moved up in higher grades I continued pursuing science, with my educational journey culminating in a Ph.D. A lot goes on in attaining a Ph.D. degree from researching to defending your thesis, and publishing papers in reputed journals.

The most important fact that I like to share is that almost every aspect of our modern-day life is influenced by science.  Humans have spent centuries building up our scientific knowledge base which has allowed for the creation of many tools and inventions.  I am proud that with my research I could potentially contribute to this foundation of knowledge. The way I think about it is that one discovery may just be a drop in the ocean, but collectively all the drops together make an ocean.

 

Why did you decide to become a teacher?


As mentioned before, being born and brought up in a family of educators, teaching runs in my blood! While I was in college, I began taking on Invigilation duties, and substitute teaching, and then started as a teaching assistant while I was completing my Master of Science and research years.

After I got married, I moved to the U.S., and then it was an easy decision to pursue my career in teaching. I realized that this is one of the best professions and provides a great work-life balance, especially for women who are also mothers.

 

You have been working with younger students for over a decade now. What keeps bringing you back to the classroom every year?


When I started in the classroom, I did not have experience teaching younger children, but there was an opening for that role so I decided to give it a shot! After just a few weeks I became very comfortable once I adjusted my methods to best work with younger students. I find teaching young children very satisfying and awe-inspiring. The children of today will be tomorrow’s citizens and the future of this world. It gives me great satisfaction that I am playing an important role in their lives by helping them study and become not only good people but also good citizens.

 

As one of our Math and Science SETs, how do you plan to challenge your students and excite them with your lesson?

The most important aspect of teaching is to ignite curiosity about any scientific process or incident and then have the students participate in addressing it. Once the students are involved in thinking about the problem, their focus and attention span will increase and there is a higher chance of them absorbing the information that is provided.

I am planning to focus on setting interesting hands-on activities for the students which will also be based on real-world applications. Active participation in a hands-on activity will help them understand the underlying concept and motivate them to like the subject.

 

You already have great experience with the Saxon math material. What do you enjoy about this curriculum?

Saxon Math curriculum focuses a lot on the review of the older concepts mixed in with the introduction of newer concepts all in the same lesson. This is in consonance with “practice leads to mastery and mastery leads to success”. By the time a student completes a unit, they have already practiced and mastered each concept multiple times without even realizing it! With this constant practice, students are able to build a stronger foundation of topics and be more successful in math overall. 

 

We know math and science are both subjects our students love to be challenged in. How do you plan to approach instruction for each subject?

Math is often based on hard facts and proofs which may require a logical approach and sometimes critical thinking. Science, on the other hand, can be very experiment-driven where the proposed theory can be supported by collecting data from that experiment.

My plan will be to help students understand that consistent results from an experiment may imply that the theory might be true, as the experiment results support it. As far as math is concerned, it is based on hard facts that must be provable by mathematical models and tools. Experimental results will not suffice.

 

Talk to us about the importance of collaboration between teachers, especially with the SET and LET model.

I am a believer in teamwork and that an extra pair of eyes will only help aid our students in the classroom environment. While the SET is delivering the lesson, the LET can be a great asset by identifying any students who may need further assistance. Since the LET also travels with the students the entire day, they can also bring helpful perspectives from classroom to classroom that the SET may not be aware of. I am looking forward to working alongside another educator in the classroom and seeing the ways in which this benefits the overall effectiveness of the class.

 

Any hands-on activities that you plan to do with your students? 

I have a set of hands-on activities for both math and science in my kit. I plan to use some manipulatives to practice math concepts such as Geo Boards, Wrap-ups, Geometric Shapes, Money, Measurements (Ruler, Weighing Machine, Thermometer, Measuring Cups, etc.), Piggy Bank, Personalization, and games.

For science, I plan to do experiments or activities in different areas of science such as physical, life, and chemical. Students can feel so much more connected and confident in a subject when they are able to use and explain real-life materials. 

 

Finally, what is your goal for your students?

My goal is to make every student feel excited and motivated to come to school each day. I want them to know that school is where they will learn and also have fun. I will encourage them to contribute to class discussions, ask questions, and seek answers by thinking critically and logically.

 

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Admissions Team at (408) 291-0907 or email us at sv.admissions@basisindependent.com.


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