Raising the Bar: Fostering Respect

This article is a part of a series. Click here for part one. In this and future articles, I hope to be able to take you, the parent body and educators alike, through a tour of the Zekelman Standards for Chumash that is currently being implemented in many elementary and high school classrooms. The Zekelman Standards for Chumash is divided…

Watering the Seeds

Literacy is defined as ‘competence or knowledge in a specified area’. We are constantly working toward math literacy, Hebrew literacy, and literacy in literature in our schools. How often do we think about emotional literacy? We are taught  that a melamed/instructor deals with ‘gems’ -, teaching chumash, gemara, sichos, etc. There is another type of educator-a mechanech. A Mechanech, compared…

When They Cry For Help

“I’m not here for myself. I need advice for a friend.” This is a commonly expressed justification for a teenager to show up at the office of a guidance counselor or trusted mechaneches. And quite often, after a short time, it becomes clear that the “friend” is actually the self. Unless it’s not. Sometimes, it is an actual friend. In…

Which Chinuch Crisis?

Anyone involved in education has likely had some kind of experience with a “Chinuch crisis.” On the receiving end, there are sadly many who feel hurt at their own needs or the needs of their loved ones not having been adequately met at school. As for the educators themselves, many have at times felts stymied in achieving their goals for…

Reaching The Souls

This is a transcribed and adapted speech given by Mrs. Sarale Blau at the High School teachers networking Melava Malka organized by the Menachem Education Foundation. Knowing Your Students The Maamer וספרתם לכם discusses the middah of Yisod. Yisod in the Nefesh Habihamis connects to physical pleasure. There is a famous speaker who discusses addiction, and suggests that the opposite…

How To Help Your Child Succeed In School

Dear Parent, There is a Halacha in the Shulchan Aruch,  that a single man is not supposed to teach small children, because their mothers will come to pick them up, and he will mingle with them*. This Halacha does seem to be a warning, but there is something else, something much greater that we can learn from it. Indirectly, this Halacha…

From Vienna to Montreal

Adapted from an interview with Rabbi Feigelstock, a long time mechanech and principal of Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch in Montreal, conducted by Rabbi Shneur. The ideas that Rabbi Feigelstock discuss are refreshingly honest and increasingly vital for us to hearken to. This interview is the first of a series in which we will speak to veteran mechanchim and mechanchot to…

Raising the Bar: What Are The Standards?

Introduction to Standards: The word curriculum means different things to different people. But one thing remains constant: curriculum changes dictated by governments around the world are ongoing. In the general studies arena, both the American and Australian governments, and indeed governments around the world, are constantly working to improve upon their educational mandates. Various initiatives and programs over the years…