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Judaic Studies Teachers


Judaic Studies Teachers

A place for Judaic Studies teachers to share ideas and discuss how to bridge the gap between 21st Century Skills and Judaic Studies. It will also help Judaic Studies teachers in developing a PLN

Members: 19
Latest Activity: Jan 10, 2016


One of the reasons behind forming this was group was to address some of the issues that are unique to Judaic studies teachers. Just as a way to get the discussion started I am going to list some of the issues that I am currently dealing with and my hope is that this will spark future discussions.
1. Establishing Benchmarks and Standards for the Judaic studies curriculum
2. Incorporating 21st Century Skills and Technology within the Judaic Studies curriculum
3. What do we want a graduate from a Jewish Day School to look like
4 Ivrit B'Ivrit
5. Making Tefilah more meaningful

Discussion Forum

Yom Kippur Message:

Started by Akevy Greenblatt Oct 7, 2011. 0 Replies

 As many of you may know Steve Jobs the CEO and founder of Apple died Yesterday. Here is a video  of a speech he gave at Stanford University “How to Live Before you Die”.…Continue

Shana Tova / Welcome Back

Started by Akevy Greenblatt Oct 2, 2011. 0 Replies

A message from Akevy Greenblatt to all members of Judaic Studies Teachers on The Educator's PLN! Dear All First and foremost I want to wish you all a Shana Tova B'H the school year got off to a…Continue

Teaching During Tests

Started by Yair Daar. Last reply by Tzvi D. Daum Feb 25, 2011. 6 Replies

I have found that students are most attentive and eager to learn during an actual test. The reasons are obvious as they have the pressure of the test weighing on them. Since our main goal as teachers…Continue

D.I. in the Judaic Classroom

Started by Akevy Greenblatt. Last reply by Akevy Greenblatt Feb 23, 2011. 2 Replies

I just posted a blog about D.I. and I would like to hear how some of you are using D.I. in the classroom. …Continue

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Comment by Adena Raub Dershowitz on January 5, 2011 at 11:34am

Hi Everyone!

I'm happy to see our group has grown a bit, and I have a question about how we think we can expand it further. I have found the Edu PLN to be an incredible professional resource (though I still don't use it to its full capacity) -- and I would love to see more Jewish educators using the resource, as it is even more pertinent for them than it is for me as a Jewish education professional. How do we get the word out?

Comment by Akevy Greenblatt on January 4, 2011 at 1:42pm

It has been a while and I need to be be updating and posting more on this group site. 

I think this site could be helpful to many educators as a way to share ideas and collaborate. However that can only work if we all share and post different things. 

I posted some ideas about DI and Tal Am and would love to get your feedback. 

One of the latest topics discussed  on Twitter lately has been about passion vs data and I think this is very important in a Jewish Day School when we want to instill a love of learning and a passion for Yiddishkiet. Here to I think it is a worthy discussion to have  how we balance both 

Comment by Akevy Greenblatt on December 10, 2010 at 12:58pm

Here is a link to the Elluminate session on Social media from last Sunday. I happened to be one of the presenters

Comment by Akevy Greenblatt on November 11, 2010 at 2:48pm
Thank you for your comment. I do agree that feedback is necessary and when you assess student work students do appreciate the feedback and gain more from the feedback than the grade itself. . My post was referring to report grades and even when we do give comments more often that not the students and the parents focus on the grade. As I said what does A+ on the report card mean does that mean that you finished learning for the year.
What was missing from my post which I tweeted afterwards was that for this to work these needs to be clear benchmarks and standards that the students are meeting
Comment by Tzvi D. Daum on November 11, 2010 at 2:29pm
This week I saw someone tweet that students appreciate a comment more than a grade. I was going to retweet it but unfortunately I didn't. In my experience using an CMS, I find that students look forward to a personal comment. A grade is a label, a comment is a personal meaningful connection. They appreciate the feedback both positive or negative (e.g. This needs to be polished because it seems to me you are unclear about xyz...etc). The student is no longer reduced to a number. Don't get me wrong, the students want to see how I graded their work as well, but it is in the broader context of personal feedback. They want to know what do I think of their work? What was good about it? What needs to be improved? What do I think of them personally? Have I noticed their effort? The comment does not have to be long, but it needs to be individualized to the students work (not just a generic "Good job!" type of comment) and the quicker the better. With technology nowadays, this is very easy to do. Much more meaningful than a just a number. As a said, the kids look forwards to logging on to the CMS, to see my comments and I believe it makes them work harder from the start.

Comment by Akevy Greenblatt on November 11, 2010 at 1:24pm
Check out my latest blog about grades
Comments appreciated
Comment by Akevy Greenblatt on November 10, 2010 at 5:38pm
just something I found. didn't give it that much thought
Comment by Adena Raub Dershowitz on November 10, 2010 at 5:15pm
I think the picture is good and I wonder if you used it to emphasize the absence of "new" technologies and our focus on the importance of our texts.
Comment by Akevy Greenblatt on November 10, 2010 at 1:46pm
Adena, do you like the picture?
Comment by Akevy Greenblatt on November 10, 2010 at 1:14pm
I would also like to Welcome Daniel. I would like to get some feedback on some of the conversations posted or have members post new disucssions

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