Teaching Our Students How to Think

by Rabbi Shais Taub Scholar-in-residence at Chabad of the Five Towns, and Internationally Noted Author and Lecturer (SoulWords.org) The Jewish people accepted the Torah with a promise of “naaseh v’nishma” (we will do and we will understand.) First we give Hashem our doing, next we give Hashem our understanding--not just behaving like Jews but learning to think Jewishly as well.…

Chinuch Al Taharas Hakodesh

by Rabbi Yossi Paltiel   Rabbi Yossi Paltiel is a teacher in Teacher at Chovevei Torah, Machon L’Yahadus, and Beis Medrash L'Nashim in Crown Heights, and a noted lecturer. His talks can be accessed on InsideChassidus.org, TheYeshiva.net, and many other media outlets.   I would argue the number one challenge facing Jewish education today is keeping the schools and the parents on the same…

Parshas Hashavua: Aiming Higher

Parshas Hashevuah: Aiming Higher by Chanah Rose Parsha. It’s a spiral that takes us higher each year, revisiting familiar stories on deeper levels, with new relevance for the new year. In schools, we need to make sure that Parsha class is indeed a spiral that cycles upwards, and not mainly repetition. Parsha is perhaps the only subject which is taught…

Kriah: It’s Not Just Reading

by Rabbi Moshe Schwartz Every year, children sit down on the first day of Pre1A, excited to learn. They are graduating from the childlike way they learned before, ready to build a strong foundation for their future in Yeshiva. They open their books, looking forward to being able to read just like their big siblings, or older cousins. Sadly, not…

3 Steps to Better Communication

  By: Mrs. Sarah Chuzhin As early childhood educators, we find ourselves faced with multiple challenges in the classroom. Our students have intense and raw emotions, enthusiasm, curiosity, frustration, and even anger. These strong emotions dictate the ebb and flow of each child’s day. An educator’s dream is to provide each child with a well-balanced, warm, inviting, and calm classroom environment, where the…

A Teacher’s Prayer

I make sure to pray to You before I leave the house in the morning. I guess you can say it’s my “thing”. Each morning as I stand before You, the desire to concentrate on our conversation burns strongly in my heart. But as the sun rises at dawn, I have nothing to offer You, but the offering of the…

The Tone and Tune: Why it Matters.

  They say that only seven percent of a message is conveyed with words - ninety-three percent is conveyed in other factors such as tone of voice and facial expressions. I am not exactly sure how they measure this, and what other factors there are.  But we can safely say that this points to the importance of making sure our…

Do We Know Our Goal?

The annual Chabad Chinuch Convention is this summer, beginning on Gimmel Tammuz, followed by two days of packed programming in two separate locations for men and women. We are proud to announce that our keynote speaker at the banquet is: Rabbi Yosef Minkowitz Principal of Beth Rivkah Montreal. We asked him a few questions ahead of the convention: How long…

Why Standards, and Why Now?

The Zekelman Standards for Chumash present a significant milestone for Torah educators, but not necessarily an innovation. A closer look at our sources shows that an approach to Chumash that is based on skills and mastery, as opposed to coverage alone, is deeply rooted in our heritage. The Maharal, commenting[1] on the word “Veshinantam” which connotes fluency and ownership, notes…

A Letter: Because You Cared.

Dear Teacher,   I was your student five years ago. Five years is a long time. So many things change, and that means you have seen four grades since I spent time in your classroom. Since I sat in your classroom, I have met new people, had so many new experiences, and have had downfalls and uphill challenges. I have…