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Feb 14

Peer to Peer Makes Learning Possible in Nitzanim

Two children sit together and do their puppet show.

Child #1: Now you say, “Eifo Moreh Mike? (Where’s Moreh Mike?)”

Child #2: Eifo Moreh Mike?

Child #1: Moreh Mike ba-sifriyah. (Moreh Mike is in the library.)

Child #2 brings a puppet to the library, looks around for Moreh Mike.

Child #1: Now you say, “Moreh Mike lo ba-sifriyah. (Moreh Mike isn’t in the library.)

Child #2: Moreh Mike lo ba-sifriyah.

Child #1: Now you say, “Eifo Moreh Mike? (Where’s Moreh Mike?)”

Child #2: Eifo Moreh Mike?

Child #1: Moreh Mike ba-mitbach. (Moreh Mike is in the kitchen.)

Until they’d finished the entire puppet show.

I, the teacher, couldn’t reach Child #2. The child wouldn’t speak in Hebrew to me. But peer to peer, Child #2 could let those Hebrew words out. I was deeply moved by these two children, who together made possible such an intimate moment of understanding and trust.

All afternoon, our work together was filled with dialogue, collaboration, and a general feeling of being comfortable together. It was an amazing day.

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