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Andrea Hernandez 

#Comments4Teachers

It’s January, and we are wrapping up the (first?) Charles E. Smith blogging cohort by taking the time to reflect and discuss. I first had the idea to write this post after our first meeting in August, but I didn’t act immediately on the idea and, as these things tend to do, it lost its urgency. However, as I listened today to teachers discussing what they’ve learned, I reflect that perhaps, in my role of coach, I might have done more to connect my students (the teacher-bloggers) to that elusive “authentic audience.” Here’s the thing:…

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Hadas Heyman 

Teaching Hebrew through “Rotations” in First Grade

    The best part of my job this year is to step into some of the classrooms and observe learning in a non-judgmental way. As teachers, we focus on our work inside our classrooms and hardly ever find the time to step out and look around us. We can learn so much from each other and share what we see with the rest of our colleagues. One of the things that I had a chance to observe this year was our first graders working in a station rotation model….

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Alexis Soffler Andrea Hernandez Hadas Heyman Jessie Nathans Kim Sherk 

Professional Blogging: Our Reflections

Over the past five-ish months, a small cohort of teachers and administrators have been coached by Andrea Hernandez from EdJewCon to grow as reflective practitioners through the vehicle of blogging. As we are thinking about how to share our learning with other staff to change the purpose of blogging here at CESJDS, we took some time to reflect on our learning and outline it in presentation form to share with the community. Please reach out to us with questions, comments, and inspiration for additional blog posts. What would you like…

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Alexis Soffler Andrea Hernandez Hadas Heyman Jessie Nathans Kim Sherk 

Looking Through a Lens: Visual Bingo

We started with a blank visual bingo template (thanks Darren Kuropatwa for sharing). We brainstormed keywords, using the 5 characteristics from The Adaptable Mind (curiosity, creativity, initiative, multi-disciplinary thinking and empathy) as broad headings. Armed with our bingo boards, we set off to discover and photograph interpretations of our keywords. Afterwards, we reflected on the process as well as our individual products and discussed different applications of this type of activity. Jessie’s collage: Alexis’s Collage: Kim’s Collage: Hadas’s Collages (she made two): Andrea’s Collage:  

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Alexis Soffler 

Robotics Education in Elementary School- Goals & Development Part I: Early Childhood

Robotics in elementary education is a new concept. Especially when it as viewed as part of the school day and objectives and not relegated to clubs and afterschool programs exclusively. But there are few guideposts for schools interested in robotics to understand what is appropriate at the elementary level. After a few years of experimentation and research, this is what our school has decided. Pre-K through 1st grade COGNITIVE AND PHYSIOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT Students at this age need frequent and immediate feedback to evaluate and adjust Their ability to operate robots out-paces…

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Jessie Nathans 

The Art of STEM Day

The Art of STEM Day It’s STEM Day at our school! The second floor of our building has been converted to a pop-up makerspace. Teachers are prepared and ready to guide students through a fast-moving day of discovery.  As an art teacher, I look forward to seeing STEM learning up-close. I find learning goals similar to the art studio including hand work, trial and error and a range of 21st century skills. I am motivated to find natural links between art and science, technology, engineering and math; to discover when…

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