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FACULTY EMBRACES PBL

Project Based Learning (PBL) requires students to solve real-world problems with the knowledge and skills they learn in school. Unlike projects that are tacked on at the end of learning, PBL projects are the centerpiece of the lesson. Projects are typically framed with open-ended questions that drive students to investigate, do research, or construct their own solutions. For example: Do Jews have a moral responsibility to reduce our school’s carbon footprint? Third through eighth grade classes will implement two PBL activities: one will be published in the Scroll; the second will relate to the core curriculum. Ask your children what PBL activity they will be doing.
 

ONLINE LEARNING CENTER

Ms. Brenda Pieprz and Ms. Shuli Shafrir are pioneering 21st century learning in our school. Brenda, who teaches the fourth grade Shalem class, and Shuli, who teaches a third grade Garin class, are piloting a new Hebrew Reading program that has a digital companion. They have created virtual classrooms in the Behrman House Online Learning Center (OLC). Students access the OLC from home (or anywhere they have an Internet connection) and play vocabulary games, and practice reading drills. See a screen shot of an OLC classroom with student comments.


 Religious School Highlights

As a culminating activity to a unit on the pursuit of justice, Suzin Glickman’s kindergarten class made paper puppets marching arm-in-arm. She calls the project "Abraham, Martin and Me."  One of the dolls is the student walking with Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Fifth grade students concentrate as they finish the detail work on an art project – making their own hamsa.

 

Fifth grade students concentrate as they finish the detail work on an art project – making their own hamsa.

 

Students get into the swing of things during an Israeli Folk Dance session.

First graders pore over library books that will take them on journeys of Jewish discovery.

 

 


 

Congregation Beth El is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

 
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