Friday, May 25

Teaching Emotions

Article of note:

Managing Emotions in Teaching: Toward an Understanding of Emotion Displays and Caring as Nonprescribed Role Elements

Much research has sought to investigate emotions and forms of emotion management among teachers worldwide, including the connection between educational change and teacher emotion; the association between the culture of teaching and teachers’ emotional experience within parent-teacher interactions; the link between teacher emotion and teacher beliefs; and the expressions and sources of a wide variety of emotions in teaching.

Thursday, May 24

March Impact

Article of note:
Teaching and Learning About Diversity and Social Justice Through the Holocaust presents the results of a qualitative investigation into participant outcomes pertaining to a cross-cultural immersion experience in the area of the Holocaust. Specifically, through case study narratives, the authors discuss how participants related their exposure to the Holocaust through pretrip preparations and the trip itself to issues of diversity and social justice in their own backyards.

Monday, May 21

Day School Difference

We're back (sorry for the absence), with a new study (from PEJE) on The Impact of Day School: A Comparative Analysis of Jewish College Students. This is the first national study designed to determine the near-term effects of day schools on the academic, social, and Jewish trajectories of former students during their college years. Conducted during the winter of 2006-07, this research drew over 3,300 Jewish respondents from college and university campuses in the top quartile of ranked schools in the United States. Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, this study contextualizes the experiences of students from day schools through comparison with Jewish undergraduates from private and public school backgrounds.

Monday, May 7


Jeremy Iversen was not as a 'Narc. He disguised himself as a student and went undercover in a suburban American high school so that he could re-experience what high school was like. What he discovered was a vulgar mess of miscommunication, bumbling, decadence, and substance abuse. What he did not discover was very much learning! Not a pretty picture.

Sunday, May 6

YCT Yemei Iyun

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School announces that registration is now open online for the fifth annual YCT Yemei Iyun on Bible and Jewish Thought to be held June 24-26 2007 in Teaneck , NJ. The program will once again take place at the Maayanot Yeshiva High School with offerings of seventy high level shiurim. The first two days will be devoted to areas of Tanakh, while the third day will explore areas of Jewish Thought.
Teachers presenting will include such prominent scholars and educators as: Dr. David Berger, R.Yoel Bin Nun, R.Yehuda Brandes, R. Shalom Carmy, R. Yitzchak Etshalom, R. Zvi Grumet, Mrs. Rachel Friedman, R. Nathaniel Helfgot, R. Menachem Leibtag, R. Francis Nataf, R. David Silber and many more.
Registration can be filled out online from the YCT website: with special rates available for Jewish educators and students.

Friday, May 4

Tribute to Rabbi Brovender

Evening of Tribute to
Marking 40 Years of Teaching Torah in Israel

Tuesday Evening, June 12, 2007 / 26 Sivan 5767 at 7:00 PM
The Jerusalem Pearl Hotel, Jerusalem
Note new location -- map here.

Download the program and response card here.

In 1967, following the Six Day War, Rabbi Chaim Brovender began teaching Torah to young people in various venues in Jerusalem. In 1976 he launched Yeshivat HaMivtar for men and Michlelet Bruria (later known as Midreshet Lindenbaum) for women - unique institutions which have educated thousands of students for decades. In 1985 these institutions joined with Ohr Torah Instututions. In 1999 Rabbi Brovender founded ATID to help train the next generation of leaders for Torah education.

Join us as Rabbi Brovender's students and teaching colleagues from these past forty years pay tribute to this remarkable Rosh Yeshiva, his career, and his vision for Jewish education.

Please forward this information to other students and colleagues of Rabbi Brovender. To submit a written appreciation or reminiscence of Rabbi Brovender, to be included in the Tribute Book, email by May 10.

Rabbi Brovender (on right) with students from 1972. Submit your photos from the "old days" for inclusion in the special presentation.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit Keren Chaim ve-Chesed, the tzedaka fund Rabbi Brovender has long administered for the needy and for yeshiva scholarships.

Thursday, May 3

Homework Files

Review essay: The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do About It
The Anti-Homework archives, here.

Tuesday, May 1

Crowd Control?

Many current reforms aim to improve the quality of education and student achievement through measures that deprofessionalize teaching. From scripted curricula to test-driven instructional strategies, the knowledge base for teaching is being eroded in place of a formulaic approach that requires teachers to implement rather than create, to practice crowd control rather than teach.
More here...