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Teacher Resources

  1. Teens Want to Make a Difference: Here's a Tool to Guide Them

    Teens Want to Make a Difference: Here's a Tool to Guide Them

    For all of us, the past few pandemic years have been scary and disorienting. For teens in a hunkered-down society, it’s also meant losing opportunities to develop independence.  

    “What our teens need in this moment is support for finding their voice and finding their autonomy. Then we’ll slowly see the pain and fear untangle,” says Michelle Shapiro-Abraham, an award-winning teen educator and director of strategic innovation and youth programs at the Union for Reform Judaism. "We need to showing them that they can claim their power.”

    Dreaming Bigger: Jewish Leadership for Teens by

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  2. Exploring Bible through Text and Midrash

    Excite learners about Bible exploration with accessible translation and modern midrashic stories.
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  3. Three Ways to Assess Students' Hebrew Skills, So You Can All Have a Great Year

     

    You survived the fall holiday marathon. Now it's a good time to use your uninterrupted schedule to focus on your students' Hebrew skills.

    Here are some resources to help you see where your students are in their Hebrew, and ensure they succeed in reaching the next level of your program.

    Assess Hebrew language skills

    The Diagnostic Hebrew Reading Test can help diagnose and remediate Hebrew reading problems for students who have already learned the Hebrew letters and vowels. This 45-minute diagnostic test is designed

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  4. Helping Teens Find Power in Their Own Voices

    For all of us, the past few pandemic years have been scary and disorienting. For teens in a hunkered-down society, it’s also meant losing opportunities to develop independence.  

    What our teens need in this moment is support for finding their voice and finding their autonomy. Then we’ll slowly see the pain and fear untangle,” says Michelle Shapiro-Abraham, an award-winning teen educator and director of strategic innovation and youth programs at the Union for Reform Judaism. 

    She points to two new resources that are committed to lifting up teen voices and showing them that they can “claim their power.”

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  5. Rubrics: A Powerful Tool for Staff Development

    Rubrics: A Powerful Tool for Staff Development

    It's a new school year, and a new season of staff development opportunities.

    Consider the following:

    • What changes do you want to bring to your setting?
    • How will you know whether your staff has the skills to actually do things differently?
    • How will you help them identify and develop the new skills they might need?

    If we want to teach differently, we need to make sure we and our staff have a way to identify, articulate, and then develop the new skills that will help everyone grow professionally and become reflective practitioners.

    Rubrics are one tool to help us do that. Rubrics can articulate the specific skills that help teachers excel in areas such as content knowledge, classroom management, inclusive focus, family communication, work with madrichim, community building, and collaboration with colleagues. A rubric not only sets out standards to assess progress, it also

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  6. Welcome Students Back to School with Icebreakers

    Welcome Students Back to School with Icebreakers
    Successful education starts with relationships - among students, and between children and teachers. These sample icebreakers can help get you started.
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  7. Improv Games to Engage Your Students and Break the Ice

    Improv Games to Engage Your Students and Break the Ice
    Improv games are a captivating way to focus students’ energy and attention, and bring students to the present moment. Here are some ideas to try with your students as you begin the new year.
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  8. A Passover Lesson on Freedom to Use Right Now

    A Passover Lesson on Freedom to Use Right Now

    Deepen the holiday learning by focusing on the big ideas to make best use of your limited time and attention spans to create rich learning.

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  9. Biographies of Heroes Help Explore Values and Character Traits

    Biographies of Heroes Help Explore Values and Character Traits

    Inspired by a groundbreaking exhibition at ANU - Museum of the Jewish People (formerly Beit Hatfutsot) in Tel Aviv and published by Behrman House, The Hero in Me is a series of short biographies to help students learn about themselves an their global Jewish community through five traits:

      • courage
      • kindness
      • creativity
      • curiosity
      • fairness

    Storytelling is perhaps the most effective way to convey meaning to children,” said David Behrman, publisher. “These biographies offer bite-size insights into what makes a hero, and how our young readers can build those qualities into their own

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  10. Simple Tools to Help Teachers and Students Find Their Calm

    Simple Tools to Help Teachers and Students Find Their Calm

    The pandemic has been challenging for all of us, and even as we remain creative and resilient and dedicated, these uncertain times can make us - and our students - feel mentally and physically worn out. 

    Learning to practice self-care as a habit can help improve coping skills and mental health. 

    Here are a few techniques to try as we settle into another atypical school year.

    Practice being present

    Mindfulness is a catch word these days, and with good reason. It’s a way of being in the world, the ability to pay attention to the present moment, the here and now. There’s a growing body of research pointing to the effectiveness of mindful practices on our ability— both adults and children—to pay better attention, make thoughtful decisions and calm ourselves down. Our ability to be in the moment requires opportunities to pause and slow down together and individually.

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