Assumption: The teacher or mentor teacher has a interactive white board (i.e. SMART Board, Promethean, etc.), a Tablet PC (also called a Slate or Blade), a computer presenter or computer with internet access attached to an LCD projector in the classroom. It would be ideal if students or mentees had access to their own laptop computers as well.
Note: Although this lesson plan idea is designed for the Judaic Studies classroom, it can be also be used for training pre-service and in-service Jewish educators for professional or staff development. It is our hope that Jewish educators around the globe will form an online community of practice, a CoP, a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession, to enhance the delivery of instruction and training of Jewish educators.
Force-fitting is the application of objects or words that seem unrelated to a task or problem, or to each other in order to create new possibilities or connections. See the example in this slideshare presentation.For elaboration on force-fitting and other creative and critical thinking tools read the books of Dr. Treffinger and his associates.
How can force-fitting be used in a Judaic Studies blended learning classroom?
As a reminder, a blended learning classroom is one that combines the face-to face physical and the online or virtual classroom.
Here are some suggested steps a teacher or mentor can implement to show Jewish students/mentees how to use force-fitting for creative problem solving.
Step One: The teacher/mentor explains force-fitting.
Step Two: The teacher/mentor places students into learning pairs, triads or quads.
In the next post we will share the second part of this lesson plan idea on how to empower students/mentees to use force-fitting in a Judaic Studies blended learning classroom.