The BIS Classrooms
Our classrooms divisions are based on developmental assessments . Our students don’t automatically move to the next group at the end of the year. Instead the staff are always tracking development and discussing who should be transitioning. This flexibility allows students to flourish in the developmentally appropriate environment as they may transition in the middle of the semester.
The Big Cats
Like the delightful but ego centric lions of the savannah the Big Cats are egocentric with low impulse control where it is all about “me”. It is our most flexible and free flowing room. Academically this is usually a Prep – 1 room. This level of development needs immediacy, pattern based learning, play, and clear boundaries enforced by an adult who is affectionate, playful and able to establish a kindly dictatorship. Find out more by visiting the Big Cats .
The bonding between a pair is the standout feature of the Penguins. As the inward focussed ego moves to connect to another and the importance of a “best Friend” starts to awaken the classroom environment needs to change. Pair work rules supreme as writing, spelling, maths rules become important. The need to be like the “other” demands understanding of what other’s do. Academically this room is usually grade 1- 3. The Penguin teacher holds the knowledge and needs to be the “guide” not a friend. Find out more by visiting the Penguins.
Working in groups, exploring, playing and realising for the first time how together their power and control is improved, the Dolphins are all about the “us” and “them” as the peer group moves into control. Group work takes over the structure of the room interspersed with time alone to get focussed work done. Chatting, discussing, arguing and proving ones power is the feature of this class as debate, use of mastered skills and connection to the adult world begins. Academically this group is usually grades 4-7. The Dolphins teacher needs to be leading the pack and proving their worth to the group. Find out more by visiting the Dolphins.