This course is dedicated to the investigation and analysis of prevalent orientations to the teaching of various Judaic content areas in Jewish schools. These content areas include Bible; Rabbinic Texts; and Jewish history. Everyone will gain exposure to the breadth of topics to gain an understanding of the structure of each discipline, multiple methods of conveying the content to children, and the function of the subject in the life of a contemporary Jew and in building a foundation for lifelong Jewish learning. Deeper emphasis on certain topics over others will be determined based on the makeup of the cohort. Students will be introduced to various models of teaching, including the classic chavruta, direct instruction, discussion leading and lecture, as well as creative methodologies utilizing the arts, projects, integration, etc.
The course will be facilitated by a member of the education faculty with expertise in day school curriculum and teaching, and will feature guest lecturers with subject area expertise to give mini-modules on their content areas. The full evening 6 credit format provides more flexibility for longer workshops that combine content investigation as well as pedagogical applications. Each student will produce a multidisciplinary project (such as a curriculum map, integration plan or scope and sequence) to demonstrate understanding of a variety of disciplines, with a feature of that project on their own area of study (such as a teaching module).
- Teacher: Sara Smith
The ability to understand and apply quantitative, mathematical and computational reasoning is an important component in the development of independent and logical thinking. This course is designed to help students improve their mathematical skills and reasoning in order to prepare them for college-level quantitative reasoning and problem solving.
- Teacher: Paul Miller