Educational Reflection: On seventh and eighth graders.

by Joel Lurie Grishaver

David Elkinds, a professor at Tuffs University and the author of All Grown Up with No Place to Go says “Its important to remember that [early adolescents] are as unfamiliar with their expanded thinking abilities as they are with their reconfigured bodies. Contrary to popular belief, it is actually ‘overthinking’ not thoughtlessness, that characterizes middle school students. Caught up in their own transformations, adolescents assume that everyone else is preoccupied with the same subject which engrosses them, namely themselves.”

Here is what I know about teaching 7th graders.




Some very exciting news…Joel has won the prestigious 1998 COVENANT AWARD! Presented yearly by the Covenant Foundation in New York, the Covenant Award recognizes the finest Jewish teachers in North America for their outstanding contributions to Jewish education. We’re all very excited and proud of Joel’s contributions to the field.

Let Me Count the Ways: 5 Shavuot Projects

by Carol Oseran Starin

For those of us in the Jewish school business, Shavuot gets little attention.

It usually comes after the school is over for the year. As my colleague Rivy says, “Shavuot has yet to capture the attention of card companies and synagogue gift shops.” But once it captures our attention and we make it part of our lives, we begin to understand the opportunities it offers teachers.

Here are 5 Shavuot projects.


Let Me Count The Ways: 5 Things You Can Do To Energize And Recapture Your Classroom For The Rest Of The Year Reply

by Carol Oseran Starin

It’s the time of the year when kids are looking out the window. Winter doldrums are over. The 6th graders are beginning to act like 7th graders. March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, but the kids do just the opposite. Begin livening up the classroom by re-arranging the furniture and move on to more substantive ways to recapture your class: