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…

Chinuch Award Finalists: Mechanchos

Chinuch Award Finalists: Mechanchim

The following finalists were nominated for the Chinuch Awards 5777: Caring and Connection by parents, students, fellow teachers and members of the administration. They were chosen based on their exemplary way of teaching and interacting with students and parents. These Mechanchim are role models for our children and anyone who is affected by Chinuch. They personify what Chinuch is, and the…

Raising the Bar: Learning Chumash Content

This article is a part of a series. Click here for part one and part two. In this post we will explore the second section of the Zekelman Standards for Chumash relating to the knowledge of Chumash content. Students are expected to retain knowledge of people, places, events and narratives, select quotations, terms and concepts and the Mitzvos explicitly written or…

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…

Matan Torah: Making it real.

Zman Matan Toraseinu is upon us, the time when my toddler starts asking me: is Hashem going to give us the Torah again this year? Indeed, we are meant to feel as if He truly does - which, as Chassidus teaches us, is really the case. But how do we inspire this feeling of receiving the Torah all over again…

Why I Chose Chinuch

As we prepared for the Chinuch Job Fair, we found ourselves wondering what inspires people to get involved in Chinuch. To get the answer we turned to those we know who are not only involved in Chinuch, but do an incredible job. Here are their answers: "I wanted to educate children in the ways of the Torah and make a…

For Teachers, From Teachers.

Earlier this year, mechanchos gathered at several Melava Malkas to network, discuss and inspire each other. They shared tips for their fellow teachers, and we wanted to share them with you. On connecting with your students…  Mrs. Dobba Webb: The most important thing is to build positive relationships with our students. They should feel that any misbehavior is not taken…