On Friday September 21st, science consultant, Paul Andersen showed the parent community the power of the Next Generation Science Standards. Parents were shown a phenomena, asked questions about how it might work, drew models of their thinking, and then suggested ways to carry out an investigation.
- Kids should be doing more science and at younger ages;
- Don´t kill the wonder of science by explaining how the science works. Show them a phenomena that they have to figure out first and let them investigate how it might work.
- We can support scientific thinking by helping kids ask questions, model their thinking, and plan and carry out investigations.
- Thinking should be framed through the following lenses:Patterns, Cause/Effect, Scale/Proportion/Quantity, Systems, Energy/Matter, Structure/Function, Stability/Change.
The video of this session will be available soon.
We are committed to offering sessions like these throughout the year to support the exciting shifts happening across the school.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped to make our author visit with Paul Cookson such a great success! Paul really showed us the power of poetry. His performances of his poems, like The King of All the Dinosaurs and Mr. Shadow’s Shoes were mesmerizing. Everyone in the audience was listening and participating without exception. His funny and charming way with all the students was a delight to watch! As well as being superbly entertained by Paul and his wonderfully comical poetry,
He is one of the UK’s most popular and successful performance poets and is no stranger to Spain, having visited schools in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Castellon and Alicante. We were looking at his work here in the library before his visit. His books were on sale after each session.
We sold an incredible 168 poetry books!
This would not have been possible without the generosity of parents and students. A big thank you also to the parent volunteers who did an outstanding job of helping students find just the right poetry book. It is a wonderful achievement and my gratitude goes out to all those who made it possible. Your help and support is always very much appreciated.
If you did not get a chance to buy one of his books, please come and check out his books in the ES Library.
Miss Emma & Mr David
ES & MSHS Librarian
Welcome to a new school year! We are so excited to see new and returning parents! We have been busy preparing everything to ensure a wonderful experience for your student(s) this year. Our first day of school is normally a big day no matter where you're from. It's usually marked by excitement, energy and a bit of anxiety, especially for the little ones. BFIS welcomed today, September 4th, 690 students from 52 different nationalities. Welcome back students and parents! We are looking forward to a year full of excitement and wonderful learning experiences!
Outside the windows of our classroom is a dynamic, fast-paced, and ever-changing world full of choices. Our classroom environments should be conducive to open collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. This simply cannot be done when kids are sitting in rows of desks all day. The immediate benefits of flexible seating include burning more calories, using up excess energy, improving metabolism, increased motivation and engagement, creating a better oxygen flow to the brain, and improving core strength and overall posture. It's no surprise that physical activity is linked to higher academic performance, better health, and improved behavior.
With that conviction we have redesign classroom seating in our Elementary division and include carpets, yoga balls, hokki stools, floor pillows, standing tables, etc. We spent considerable time as teams and as a building staff talking, thinking, and planning what exactly we wanted for flexible seating, why we wanted it and its purpose. A different seating apparatus does not make for better teaching or a more engaged classroom. We actually believe that flexible and student choice seating take even more planning and classroom management than a traditional classroom but it is worth the effort. All we do is to keep kids at the end in mind with all decisions.
Last year, we piloted flexible seating in some of our classrooms and we are happy to announce that this school year 20172018 we will begin to implement it school wide.