Category: Pedagogy

The Meaning of Jewish History

This post is by Jonah Hassenfeld, a PhD Candidate in the EdJS. Learning something about Jewish history is essential to any Jewish education. As Benedict Anderson has famously argued, a shared past, even if imagined, is a foundation of collective belonging. But how should Jewish day schools teach Jewish history? Should Jewish history be taught as a separate class or… Read more →

Kids Say the Darndest Things

This post was written by Ziva Hassenfeld, the first official PhD Candidate from the EdJS. Ask any teacher after a day of teaching if they can tell a story with the following Bill Cosby prompt: “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” Most likely they will have at least one great anecdote. Often, the younger the students, the more creative their contributions… Read more →

Who Really Needs to get Comfortable with Discomfort

This post was written by Ziva Hassenfeld, a PhD student in the Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies Over the past two weeks, my colleagues Jonah Hassenfeld and Matt Williams have been writing about the idea of productive discomfort. Matt broached the idea that teachers should resist the urge to keep their students comfortable and pointed out that a certain… Read more →

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