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Four Simple Steps Teachers Need to Engage with Jewish Teens

Four Simple Steps Teachers Need to Engage with Jewish Teens | Judaism, Jewish Teens, and Today's World | Scoop.it

This is for teachers in supplementary schools, particularly those who work with Jewish teens. I've been invited to observe classes where teachers really feel that they're doing a great job.They feel that students are attentive, absorbing material, and advancing their learning. I've seen some of the best, yet....there are so many that just seem to miss the mark.

How do I know?

They're talking, and often teens are texting (under the desk or in pockets or defiantly, right out there.

There's no excitement or signs of life in the class, save for the teacher talking, talking, talking up front.

Their students' faces belie boredom (why don't the teachers see this?)

 

Here are four simple steps to take that I believe have the power to transform how you work with students.  

 

1. Back off. Yes. Try 'retreating' from the space in front of the room. Test yourself. Make sure that you're listening for a greater percentage of class time than you're talking. That will do wonders by itself. There's no podium in the front of the class, so no need to stand on one. Get rid of the frontal dynamic by making sure students work in groups. 

 

2. Ask questions. Good ones. Ones that don't need a yes or no answer. If you haven't mastered the art of inquiry, read up. There's tons of materials out there. Make sure you're not just asking to ask...really pay attention to the responses and respond back. Every student needs to feel valued. 

 

3. Get familiar with social/emotional learning and reaching students down deep. It makes for more impactful lessons. Focusing on making that emotional connection will help you make sure that you're reaching all students, not just the ones who are either the most vocal or the most problematic. 

 

4. This is so obvious, it's embarrassing to say. But here goes. Know every single student by name. This is an absolute must and tells your students how important they are to you.  If you have a bad memory, ask them to make name placards and bring them with you. No excuse. Every student needs to be valued in this way. 

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Super Storm #Sandy: Getting Beyond OMG!

Super Storm #Sandy: Getting Beyond OMG! | Judaism, Jewish Teens, and Today's World | Scoop.it
In our terribly connected world, we’re never really far from seeing devastation up close.  Like unwilling voyeurs, we watch some fantastic yet unreal world that is occurring in real-time righ...
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Five Popular Education Buzzwords Defined | Education News

Five Popular Education Buzzwords Defined | Education News | Judaism, Jewish Teens, and Today's World | Scoop.it

Those who wish to keep up to date with education — especially parents — read on to learn what the buzz is about

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Should teens take a child care education course? - by Michelle Wilkinson - Helium

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"The school day is full enough as it is without inventing new lessons to teach students. The main role of teachers is to open their students eyes t..., Michelle Wilkinson (Should teens to take a child care education course?
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Current Events: did your teenager’s eyes just glaze over?

Current Events: did your teenager’s eyes just glaze over? | Judaism, Jewish Teens, and Today's World | Scoop.it
Mention “Current Events” to a group of teens and just watch what happens.  Their eyes seem to glaze over. As if talking about something that isn’t in a textbook is a violation of ...
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Penzu

Penzu | Judaism, Jewish Teens, and Today's World | Scoop.it

Teens: your own space to write. Free personal journal and online diary....


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Wanna start writing about your life ? Try Penzu! Read the review here...

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94 Percent Of Teachers Say Students Equate "Research" With Using Google

94 Percent Of Teachers Say Students Equate "Research" With Using Google | Judaism, Jewish Teens, and Today's World | Scoop.it

Google used more than other search engines — more so than Wikipedia and other online encyclopedias.


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Edcanvas - Check out this platform!

Edcanvas - Check out this platform! | Judaism, Jewish Teens, and Today's World | Scoop.it

Organize and present information with visually interesting clickable content  


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International Baccalaureate slowly gaining in Massachusetts

A Framingham elementary school wants to follow the lead of schools in Brockton and Malden and adopt the International Baccalaureatecqprogram, a teaching method that is little known in Massachusetts but has gained popularity in other parts of the...
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Are we reaching middle school students?

Are we reaching middle school students? | Judaism, Jewish Teens, and Today's World | Scoop.it
A new Gallup poll studied factors related to student engagement, optimism, and well-being revealed that students scored relatively high on all these factors. Except when you examine the findings fo...
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