by Mrs. Dena Gorkin (as told to Chanie Gorkin) This article has been excerpted from "Healthy, Happy, Frum: A veteran Mechaneches shares her insight into effective Chinuch", which appeared in issue number four of the BR Embrace magazine. To view in full or subscribe to the magazine, visit www.bethrivkah.edu/embrace.
By Liba Rimler Our yearning is raw. We have been counting down since the first day of the Omer. We sing the songs with our children. The forty-nine days of anticipation are coming to a close soon. What will we tell them if we find ourselves at home?
by Mrs. Leah Levine, As we prepare once again for Kabalos HaTorah, it struck me that the first Talmud Torah was actually at Har Sinai and our first teacher was Moshe Rabbeinu. For the most perfect methods in Chinuch, we don’t need to look further than our Ten Commandments, the foundation of the entire Torah.
By Yanki Raskin LMSW, The role of a mechanech goes beyond teaching skills and text. While this is always true, during these times of change and uncertainty, this aspect of our role takes on a new meaning; the context and environment of our teaching is fertile ground and is calling upon us to use this opportunity to engage and be of service to our students in ways that can and b’ezras Hashem will make a lasting educational impression upon them.
By: Rabbi Chaim Yitzchok Vogel, With the recent discussion about a Moment of Silence, I started reflecting on how this campaign of the Rebbe isn't only for the public schools, but for our schools as well.
By Rabbi Shais Taub, The name of the upcoming Yom Tov of Pesach derives from the word meaning “and Hashem will leap over.” Rashi in his commentary explains further: “The festival is called Pesach because of [Hashem’s] leaping.... Therefore, perform all its aspects in a manner of bounding and leaping.” Pesach has a special characteristic of leaping beyond the boundaries of regular limitations.
By Rabbi Yossi Paltiel, I would argue the number one challenge facing Jewish education today is keeping the schools and the parents on the same page.
By Mrs. 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 consistently from preK all the way up through high school, so it takes effort and intentionality to teach it each year in a way that’s new.
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 [...]
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 [...]