Thursday, September 17, 2009

Classroom innovation

It's only accessible to journal subscribers, but I wrote the piece excerpted below in the academic journal Jewish Educational Leadership.
The rocky transition from elementary to middle school presents itself in many ways – some students relish the freedom, the variety of switching classes, and the increased ability to learn independently. For many students, who they are outside of the classroom never becomes a part of who they are as learners. At parent-teacher
conferences, parents have long told me of their children’s love of anime, Broadway musicals, soccer, and scouting. Yet these very same middle school students often sit quietly and dispassionately in Humash class, willing to do the work, but not to invest in their own learning.
"Unraveling Parshanut through Learning Stations" appears in its entirety in Jewish Educational Leadership's Summer 2009 issue (7:3), titled "Activating Learning Through Activating Students".



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