Archive for March, 2012

PD Recap – Dr. Monica Neagoy

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay

Dr. Monica Neagoy returned to campus February 27 and worked with students, teachers, administrators and parents through Saturday, March 17. She stepped into two classrooms to help solve two immediate needs and worked with a group of 11th grade IB students and a group of grade 10 students. Everyone involved recognized the value that Dr. Monica added to those classrooms and we are grateful for the timing of her visit. There were other students with whom she worked, ranging from intermittently to regularly, from grades 4th through 12th.

When not with students, Monica met with groups of teachers, individual teachers, parents and observed classrooms. From an instructional perspective, she is helping us develop and strengthen our “pedagogical content knowledge” – that is, how to teach mathematics. This is different than knowing mathematics or even understanding mathematics, which are certainly also important.

“The Mathematics of Beauty”

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay


We were told to be prepared to “sit back, relax and allow yourself to be mesmerized by the beauty of mathematics and the mathematics of beauty” and for the intimate group of parents, teachers, and students in the audience, we wholly were!

Traveling through time and place, Dr. Monica gave us a fascinating tour of the many beautiful ways that mathematics is represented in nature, in art, in the human form, in man-made structures and the environment. After we looked at nautilus shells, pine cones, Ancient Greek architecture, musical instruments, and beautiful art, she had us warmed up to see the beauty of mathematics: an eloquent solution and the beauty and complexity of patterns. She closed her mesmerizing presentation with an in-depth look at the most complex of all mathematical representations, the Mandelbrot Set. If you don’t know what it is, Google it (or, here’s one YouTube video that I particularly liked).


Thank you to the following people for permission to use their photographs!

Beyer, Wolfgang. Mandlebrot Set, step 7. Wikipedia, 2005. JPG.

Mazzei, Andrea . Golden ratio (nautilus). Flickr, 2009. JPG.

Miller, Catherine. Sunflower. Flickr, 2010. JPG.

Math Workshops for Parents

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay

Mr. Northrup likes to remind us that while schools are incredibly important in a child’s development of important social and cognitive development, they do spend more time at home with their parents than they do at school, from birth to 18 years of age. Do you ask yourself what else you can do to support your child’s development, perhaps particularly in math, a subject often cited as “difficult” or one you “were not very good at”?

Having experienced great success with Math Academy at The Hill School with Dr. Monica Neagoy, we continued to build on our Math Workshops for Parents during Dr. Monica’s Spring visit. Targeting specific grade levels and age groups, Monica lead us through explorations in algebra and geometry for kids in that target age range. We were given a challenge, plenty of materials, and a group to collaborate with. Each group came up with different solutions to the same problem and we shared our strategies, relying on our ability to communicate our ideas to the rest of the group.

We made mistakes, we found new solutions, and we all left with a greater sense of appreciation and knowledge of those mathematical concepts. More than anything, we left with an appetite for more. Next year, Dr. Monica will be back at BFIS for an astonishing total of 20 weeks! Without doubt, more math workshops for parents will take place – so bring your pencil and an active mind!

Thank you Roberto for your roaming camera shots!

Linking Students, Teachers, and Technologists | MindShift

Written by admin. Posted in Foundation Board

this is something you should read


In the public school system, many argue there’s a disconnect between teachers, students, and technologists. Educators and students don’t have enough tech training, and those who create the technology to be used in schools don’t work closely enough with teachers and students. To close the loop, a newly launched program in Baltimore will bring together a network of students, technologists, and educators linking teacher professional development to student after-school programming.

via Linking Students, Teachers, and Technologists | MindShift.

Pancake Day is Almost Here! Volunteers still needed!

Written by PTA. Posted in Articles, frontpage, PTA

In less than a week, the PTA will be hosting their annual PANCAKE DAY!!! ?

This means we will be serving homemade, freshly prepared pancakes, whipped cream and other toppings, sausages, bacon and much more to all of our students, teachers and staff at BFIS!

Many thanks to those of you who have already volunteered to prepare and bring the batter and work the shifts! It will be a great day!

We still need about 15 more Moms, Dads, friends and other willing volunteers to sign up for the serving shifts and two more people to prepare the batter.
Time is passing quickly!  Many of you have indicated your desire to help out. If you  haven´t already done so, now  is the time!  Your help will make this the greatest and most delicious Pancake Day ever!  Thanks and…

See you there! ?