When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices. Accordingly, our mentees should know about (a) the importance of transforming the traditional classroom into a Jewish community of cooperative learners and (b) specific learning activities for community building. Toward this end, we are sharing *My Jewish Star A Community Building Activity that can help transform the classroom into a caring Jewish learning community.
* Gold, S., Solomon, R. & Solomon, E. (1988). The Jewish Handbook for Group Discussion. Columbia, MD: National Institute for Relationship Training, Inc.
On the next post we will begin our discussion of how to empower students to create acceptable classroom rules or expectations that the community of learners including the teacher and the students can honor and follow.