Other than the wi-fi being spotty, life is great! My apologies for not posting last night – I literally walked around all the buildings at midnight to try and get a strong enough signal to post photos.
We are getting dressed and starting up with the day. Fingers crossed – there is no rain!
You’l’ll be happy to know the kids have all been eating extremely well. In fact, yesterday at lunch we cancelled the dessert because the kids were so full after the first two courses.
We are planning on arriving back around 3:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you then!
Just a quick snapshot to show that we are in a stunning location, the weather is cooperating more than enough for us to get outside, and, most importantly, we are having an amazing time! I’d prefer not to spend the experience inside typing on a computer, which means I am off to rejoin the kids. But, I thought all of you would appreciate a quick update with a few snapshots.
I will try to add more photos later tonight when we start to settle in for bed!
In the coming months, we will lay the groundwork to implement LightSail for our 5th Grade students beginning in 2016-2017. LightSail is an adaptive solution designed by educators to accelerate literacy development and foster a love of reading. This platform provides us with the opportunity to develop personalized libraries for students based on areas of interest, reading levels, and recommendations from friends and teachers. Additionally, the interface is both user-friendly and engaging as it provides feedback to students about progress, areas of focus, and individualized comments from teachers.
For teachers, one of the main benefits of LightSail is that teachers receive real-time data about student reading behavior, comprehension and growth. Moreover, data dashboards that display individual and class performance are easily accessible, which will give teachers useful information to target instruction to meet specific needs.
LightSail has was recently highlighted by Common Sense Graphite the quality of its educational product, while the company was mentioned in Forbes magazine article about “revolutionizing entrepreneurship.” As we continually look for ways to improve our program, we felt the implementation of LightSail would complement our pedagogical approach and leverage technology to provide a more differentiated experience for students.
While LightSail is present in approximately 700 schools across the United States, we are very excited to share that BFIS is the first school in Europe to introduce this platform for students. We look forward to sharing more news about this initiative as we embark on a limited pilot this spring in preparation for the coming year.
We are thrilled to share that our new building construction project remains right on schedule. In addition to the facades of the building, which are changing daily, there is an extensive amount of work being done on infrastructural elements, such as the preparation for cabling and ventilation. It is really incredible to see the space take shape and all of the blueprints finally come to life.
This week we have started to have some members of the faculty and staff conduct site visits to examine the space. While the vast majority of the design elements for the classrooms have been determined, we are now focusing our efforts on fine tuning the plans in situ to make sure the we create an ideal learning environment for students. A skeletal classroom has been set up on the primera planta in order for us to visualize the exact placement of the door, size and placement of the hallway window, and select specific colors for items such as window frames and ceiling panels.
Now, more than ever, we have a true idea of what lies in store for 2016-2017. We cannot wait for September when the building comes to life with the joy and excitement of children, parents, and faculty.