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.
Harbour Space University, Europe's state of the art university for Technology, Entrepreneurship and Design, with headquarters in Barcelona, collaborated with BFIS last Tuesday, in a conference about future professions, future market opportunities and entrepreneurship. Harbour Space University professors and students from all over the world, participated in this conference talking about their experiences and their new projects and startups. They also talked about the ACM-ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest which takes place every year with in more than 4,000 universities from both hemispheres.
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.