By Rachel Abrahams It’s now been about eight years since AVI CHAI became interested in the field of personalized learning and the potential that this new model of education has to impact student growth and classroom experience. We concentrated our efforts on supporting a shift to blended learning, the strategic combination of teacher-led instruction and technology, as a way of creating more student-centered classrooms, where teachers are … [Read more...] about BetterLesson: A Critical Strategic Shift to Focus on the Teachers
By Susan Kardos You’ll sometimes hear it said in hushed and half-apologetic tones, mostly by policymakers, funders, or central office officials: “change is just hard for people.” Usually they are explaining why a funded program or state mandate or new idea from the superintendent’s office isn’t taking hold in classrooms. They are re-enforcing the notion that teachers, as a group, resist change. Implicit in the comment is that teachers are, at … [Read more...] about How Can We Improve Teaching and Learning in Schools?
By Dr. Dan Mendelsohn Aviv I was tempted to start this piece with a list of bona fides, about how long I have been teaching in Jewish day schools, my administrative experience, my research and writing about the paradigms driving Jewish learning, as well as technology, Jewish learning and identity. But mindful of creeping apophasis, I decided not to dwell on that and move on to the question at hand. I am aware of the many critiques of … [Read more...] about Is Blended Learning a 21st c. Silver Bullet or Snake Oil? (Spoilers: It’s Neither.)