The Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP) is a method of learning Jewishly that understands relationships as the very heart of teaching and learning. Underlying this approach are PoP’s Core Relational Building Blocks (CRBB), which serve as a foundational tool for creating educational programs and learning environments that foster relationships between students and teachers, among students and their peers, and importantly, between students and Torah. PoP holds that the teacher, each individual student and the text itself are all partners in learning.
The Core Relational Building Blocks
The CRBB framework constitutes a set of questions the educator asks themselves to address two fundamental elements to relationship-building: the work of helping the learning partners become present and available for relationship and the work of connecting all the partners. When educators consider each of these questions, they open worlds of possibility for the skillful use of strategies and interventions to deepen the quality of learning and strengthen the learning community that makes this learning possible. These are the questions:
How am I connecting to learners and building relationships with them?
How am I inviting in and helping each individual learner be present?
How am I connecting learners to one another?
How am I inviting in and helping the text (content) be present and available for partnership?
How am I connecting learners and texts (content) to one another?
In this article, we explore this framework through a case of one teacher and her classroom. We illustrate how an educator might use this matrix of relational questions to see the potential she has to move her class to joyful, deep and connected learning.