|11 Sivan, 5773 / Monday, May 20, 2013
|Message Board Posts:||7|
|1. ||Lateness to or skipping class generally does not exist at our elementary school level, particularly because no students are permitted to be in any hallway alone, other than individuals with a hall pass going to the bathroom or office, and teachers are required to pickup to/from all transitions.? |
Late arrival to school, however, has long been an issue for us for a number of students (almost always the same repeat offenders).? After discussion with staff to address this issue, we instituted a policy last year where any student that arrives more than 15 minutes late is required to be escorted to the office by the accompanying parent.? They both have to wait in the office for a principal's note (from myself or Rabbi Fogel) until the child may go to class.? We do not have a set system of escalating consequences, but we speak to parents and children appropriately, especially if we see them repeatedly.? This also gives us a chance to speak to parent & child at the same time and ensure that it will not continue.? The hassle for the parent to wait for a principal is itself a deterrent to both parent and child, and we warn a child who arrives late without a parent that the next time they will not be allowed into class late without a parent escorting them.
We found this system extremely effective last year, with the number of students who arrived late to school kept to minimal unavoidable circumstances.
Rabbi Rafi Draiman
Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, Plainview Campus
25 Country Drive
Plainview, NY 11803
|2. ||The applications of the Smartboard are limited only by the imagination and creativity of the user. Essentially, a Smartboard is a touch-screen projection of your computer, so anything a computer is capable of can be done with a Smartboard and is viewable by the entire class. When used in combination with the Smart Notebook software, the uses in the classroom are significant.|
1) DIGITAL WHITEBOARD - The simple concept of having a digital whiteboard, with lessons that you can draw and prepare in advance, save, print, copy, and manipulate, is itself an exceptional advantage of a Smartboard. The ability to mark up any computer screen can also be very useful.
2) COMPUTER PROJECTION / MULTIMEDIA - The ability to have a projector available throughout your lessons is an exceptional utility provided by a Smartboard as well, albeit not fully utilizing its purpose. Integrating pictures, animation, and video on your Notebook whiteboard, with resources ranging from Davka Graphics to Google Images, Microsoft Office clipart/animation/videos to the Smart Notebook Gallery, can enrich any lesson. It also affords the opportunity to use Powerpoint to add excitement to your lesson, even as a lecture tool. Most importantly, ANY classroom text can be projected for the whole classroom to see and free the teacher to view while walking around the classroom, and ensure every student knows exactly where you are. Parts of the text can also easily be enlarged, reduced, or covered.
3) INTERACTIVITY - The continously expanding range of Flash activities and templates for the Smartboard Notebook software can add a new level of engaging hands-on learning to any classroom. From sequencing or ordering words and sentences to matching items (such as Hebrew words with translations, English words and synonyms, questions and answers), to highlighting or circling words on a text (such as prefixes, suffixes, shorashim, subject, noun, verb, where a Gemara question begins and ends, etc), the list of interactive learning options is endless.
4) GAMES - Playing learning games that can also include music such as Jeopardy or Millionaire are also excellent applications in this category. Powerpoint games and smartboard lessons are readily available on the internet, and hopefully many more kodesh lessons are being released through sites like chinuch.org, Tequipment, and the Legacy and Gruss Foundations. Templates like Memory, Vortex, and Hotspots also make the learning fun and exciting. Even non-academic games can be an incentive to add to dry material, such as allowing a student to draw one more part of a classroom smartboard picture after each correct answer to a dikduk class review, etc. The computer element of these activities is more enticing to students and can successfully capture their attention and focus on learning if used well.
The key with all Smartboard activities is to make them quick actions that do not interrupt or delay the flow of the class. Rather, they need to be used as a supplement and tool like all others designed to supplement the lesson goals and curriculum and maintain the classroom flow, not the other way around. As with all lessons, begin with the end in mind, and the Smartboard can be a new powerful tool to enhance any teacher's tool kit.
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your additional ideas or comments.
|3. ||Rabbi Hillel Mandel has a wonderful approach to teaching Chumash he calls "D.R.ASH. E.M.ET. H.ASHEM which should be including in lessons plans each week.|
daled - dikduk
raish - rashi
shin - shorashim
aleph - unkelus
mem - mikra (as in taamei hamikra, such as esnachta is a period, rivii is a pause, kadma v'azla tells you the word goes with the next as a phrase, etc)
taf - Tochen (content, story and understanding of what transpired)
Hay - Hashkafa (mussar, lessons, divrei torah, inspiration, etc)
***We also found that summarizing each pasuk is a very important skill 6th graders should be developing. Having the rebbe guide students to formulate summaries and refine them together is a very important skill. It also lends itself very well to chazara and webbing out from main subjects and groups of psukim.
|4. ||This is a wonderful concept. Similarly, I recommend our kodesh teachers offer students extra credit to translate any 1 pasuk in a perek, any 1 rashi, etc. The key is to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and reward their learning even if it does not match the particular focus you chose.|