Teach Them Diligently
A Midrash on the Jewish Educator's Year
by Bonnie K. Stevens
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This teacher resource explores the intriguing parallels between the Jewish holidays and the educator's year, helping educators understand how the school year can be framed and shaped by the Jewish holidays. Each chapterFall Holidays, Hanukkah, Tu B'Shevat, Purim, Passover, Shavuot, and Shabbatdraws on the holidays' core ideas and symbols to help define, structure, and deepen the classroom experience. For example, the chapter on Sukkota time when we traditionally welcome guestsdiscusses ways to make the classroom, like the sukkah, an inviting, sheltering place rich in symbols. Attractive bulletin boards and a stimulating environment can help students feel pride in their classroom and excite them about the possibilities of new learning.
Ideal for both seasoned and novice teachers as a back-to-school welcome gift, for Hanukkah, or as a thank you at the end of the school year. Perfect for teachers to read on their own or discuss in faculty development sessions.
Teach Them Diligently will help teachers see the new school year as an opportunity for learning, joy, and spiritual growth.