Tag Archive: Alonim/Middle School 5778

Mar 02

Do Middle Schoolers Still Play?

Do middle schoolers still play? Not, play organized sports games, or board games, or video games. But do they still want to let their imaginations run and use their hands to create and get silly together? Just a quick look around the middle school room this week said it all. Here we are… …making a rocking chair, …

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Feb 23

Kids With Advanced Project Skills

It’s great to be a middle schooler! So capable, so responsible, so caring of everyone around them. And SO engrossed in their projects that we couldn’t drag them away at the end of the day!   We got right to work drafting our projects.   We tested out building ideas. Here’s the part where you …

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Feb 16

A Lonely Grandmother and a Foolish Soldier Make Shabbat…

I knew it in theory: eleven year olds are just at the beginning stages of establishing their own identity, they love doing “adult” things, and are increasingly able to take on different perspectives. Still, the children’s enthusiasm for our Shabbat project blew me away. “Can we work more on our characters today?” they asked RIGHT …

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Feb 02

Yetzirah? We wouldn’t dream of doing text study without it.

Yetzirah (יצירה – art/creativity) is what we create with our hands to show our ideas. Here are just a few of the provocative and insightful ideas that emerged through our yetzirah this week. If we had just used our words to talk about the text, we never would have had these questions and ideas! What’s the difference between …

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Jan 25

Why Text Study? What’s the point of studying Jewish texts?

Joy: connecting with a friend to talk about stuff that matters is fun, and nourishing. To grow our communication skills: we learn to articulate our ideas.  To gain Jewish literacy: to know my heritage. To increase sensitivity: we learn to hear more subtleties. We learn to hear the children in a more nuanced way. To imagine: if …

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Jan 18

Middle Schoolers Manage Their Own Schedules

One of my goals as a teacher is to let children drive as much of the learning process as they’re ready for. I’ve been working with this group for years on how to take responsibility for their own learning and the learning of their peers. This month, we’ve reached a new milestone: managing our own schedules. …

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Jan 11

What Could We Do To Create Our Own Shabbat Pause?

“The Israelites should keep Shabbat, to make Shabbat…for in six days Adonai made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day (God) paused, and was refreshed.” (Ex 31) What kind of a Shabbat “pause” could we do together that might leave us refreshed? Here are several ideas 5th – 7th graders came up with: “You …

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Jan 05

So Great To Be Back!

Ooooh, it feels good to play together again! It was a week of… Leadership Group Challenge Hebrew Games Discovery Joy    

Dec 15

The Learning Keeps Going

Just because our installation of children’s ideas about Torah is now affixed to the wall, it doesn’t mean the learning stops! Here are three ways folks continued to learn from our installation this week. We Go Back to Reflect on Our Work We headed downstairs to read and think about each other’s projects. We wrote …

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Dec 07

Abuzz With Purpose

Everywhere we turn, children are fully immersed – in purposeful play, in expressing the big ideas of their project, and in contributing to the community. The result? Pride. It’s palpable in every room. See you on Sunday, December 10 to explore and celebrate children’s insightful ideas! Painting a giant backdrop for our installation Creating a giant …

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