HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal

Formal-Informal Education

Formal-Informal Education

If only school could be like camp… Many people’s fondest childhood memories are of camp with its unstructured days and enjoyable activities. Increasingly, under the rubric of informal or experiential education, schools are capturing some of the atmosphere of camp in the classroom and beyond. How can this model be adapted effectively to the educational rigor of a day school?

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by RAVSAK Staff Dec 12, 2011

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From the Editor

by Barbara Davis Dec 12, 2011

"Veshinantam levanechah, “And you shall teach your children.” The words of Devarim proclaim the overriding importance of Jewish education. Even more critical than one’s own learning is the education of Jewish youth. “Every community is required to appoint teachers; a city without a teacher should be put under a ban until the inhabitants thereof appoint one. If they persist in not appointing a teacher, the city should be destroyed, for the world exists only through the breath of school children” (Shulchan Arukh, Yoreh Deah 245:7). But what constitutes education? These words resonate differently with us in the 21st century than they did for our ancestors.

Olami / Personal Essay: Why I Teach in a Jewish School

by Scott Culclasure Dec 12, 2011

Ten years ago I made a risky career move. Leaving the public school where my reputation as a teacher was secure, I came to the newly-forming American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina. A pluralistic Jewish boarding school erected on a suburban campus in a southern city—as if this was not enough of a venture, one additional consideration gave me great pause: I am not a Jew.

Lessons from Montessori for Jewish Day Schools

by Debra Kira Dec 12, 2011

The author shows a method for blending the student-centered approach of Montessori with the goals of Jewish education.

Reclaiming the “Ed” in Informal Education

by Shira Melody Berkovits Dec 12, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Experiential Education

Too many Jewish educators in various settings confuse informal education with pandering; the author urges a different approach, blending sensory engagement and group dynamics.

Can the Arts Foster Serious Jewish Learning?

by Bradley Solmsen and Rachel Happel Dec 12, 2011

Artistic exploration and Jewish exploration can and should be one and the same. Here's how.

Jewish Education: New and Improv’d

by Andrew Davies and Aaron Friedman Dec 12, 2011

Games derived from improvisational theater can help students internalize the stories, characters and lessons of the Torah.

Jewish Edutainment

by Ronit Chaya Janet and Nicky Newfield Dec 12, 2011

Students today turn to the Web for entertainment; schools can create Web environments to capitalize on their excitement for this media to benefit Jewish education.

Web Tools for Jewish Formal and Informal Experiential Education

by Richard D. Solomon and Deborah Price Nagler Dec 12, 2011

The Web offers an enormous panorama of new options to expand and improve informal education. Go to ravsak.org for this article with hyperlinks.

Bridging the Chasm between the Formal and Informal

by Daniel Held Dec 12, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Experiential Education

For informal education in day school to be most effective, formal and informal educators need to work tightly on coordinating goals and curricula.