HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal


Day School Teachers

Day School Teachers

Are there unique qualities and characteristics that we expect—and find—among day school teachers? Is there sufficient infrastructure to train teachers in the numbers needed by day schools, and do schools support those teachers sufficiently to grow and retain them?

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Dear Cooki

by Cooki Levy Dec 03, 2013

I have read a great deal about the importance of empowering teachers and developing teacher leaders among the staff. I believe in this form of distributed leadership, but find myself stymied by teachers’ perceptions that I am just giving them more work with no additional pay.

From the desk of Rebekah Farber, RAVSAK Chair

by Rebekah Farber Dec 03, 2013

As usual, the first couple of months of the new school year have been filled with excitement and enthusiasm, especially having coincided with the Jewish high holidays. We spent the entire month of September trying to balance school duties, shortened school days, and interrupted currriculum with praying cooking and entertaining. It was both exhilarating and exhausting. October came with great relief and the first real chance to assess the state of our schools, of our boards and of our network, RAVSAK.

From the Editor

by Dr. Barbara Davis Dec 03, 2013

In a recent book review, Professor Yehudah Mirsky of Brandeis wrote, “The meanings of ‘Torah’ are inexhaustible, but its plainest sense is ‘teaching.’ It does not exist apart from being communicated.

Teaching Los Angeles / Teaching Tel-Aviv: The Lessons That Last

by Bat-hen Zeron Dec 03, 2013
RELATED TOPICS: IsraelPedagogy

After describing some of the differences between an Israeli and American classroom, and the shock of going from one to the other, Zeron draws upon the skills that enable a teacher to be effective in any environment.

What Does It Take to Teach Israel?

by Jonah Hassenfeld Dec 03, 2013
RELATED TOPICS: IsraelPedagogy

Teaching Israel effectively, Hassenfeld proposes, requires both content knowledge and relationship-building, understanding each student’s relationship with Israel. He suggests that schools enable teachers to sharpen pedagogic tools for Israel education.

Every Teacher Needs a Teacher

by Shiffy Landa Dec 03, 2013
RELATED TOPICS: LeadershipTeachers

Landa, a veteran teacher, models the kind of vulnerability that leads to professional growth by describing her own experiences being mentored. She shows that mentorship can be a valuable tool at any career stage.

What Day Schools Need Is... More Cool Teachers

by Judd Levingston Dec 03, 2013

Levingston offers yet another perspective on modeling: a “cool” teacher is a good listener, receptive to the initiative and energy of students, committed to them and their learning, and who always looks for ways to keep the material fresh and meaningful.

Jewish Educators Walk the Walk

by Frumie Posner Dec 03, 2013

Just as teachers serve as role models, they also need role models. Posner draws upon teachings from Pirkei Avot and midrashim about Moses to find guidance about the meaning of a Jewish role model.

What Makes a Jewish Day School Teacher? The Connection Between Passion and Teaching

by Sarah Levy Dec 03, 2013

Day school teachers conceive of their roles as models in various ways that mirror their own practices and beliefs. This article suggests ways for schools to empower teachers to incorporate modeling more thoughtfully into their pedagogy.

“Adorn Yourself”: Mindful Model Learners

by Jaimi Boehm and Devin Villareal Dec 03, 2013
RELATED TOPICS: Jewish StudiesPedagogy

Articles in this section all explore the notion that the special quality of Jewish day school teachers resides in their serving as role models. This first article posits that teachers should be model learners, exposing their interests and a striving to grow.