In a BASIS Symbiotic Classroom, all students experience the benefit of being taught by two specialists: the Learning Expert Teacher (LET), who possesses a deep knowledge of effective pedagogical techniques; and the Subject Expert Teacher (SET), who possesses a deep knowledge of the content being delivered to students. Additionally, the daily schedule, which requires LETs to accompany their students from classroom to classroom and SET to SET, provides students with consistency and continuity in support and expectations while also modeling flexibility in acquisition of knowledge.
The LET/SET relationship is not a complete departure from all of the benefits afforded by commonly used co-teaching models. For example, LETs and SETs take advantage of having two teachers in the classroom to pull students aside and work individually with them in areas where they may need differentiated instruction. Unlike the typical differentiated classroom, though, the BASIS Symbiotic Classroom provides individualized support, both for students who need extra attention to master the curriculum and also for those students who master the curriculum easily and need further challenges. This multi-level differentiation is only one of the hallmarks of the BASIS Symbiotic Classroom.
Most notably, SETs and LETs at BASIS Curriculum schools work together to plan lessons that are both rich in content and effective in delivery of that content. In doing so, they lean on and learn from each other’s areas of expertise.