Let's TRANSFORM Hebrew education!!
This past June the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland launched the online learning seminar that supports Hebrew Through Movement (for info see the bottom of the homepage, http://www.hebrewthroughmovement.org). Over 60 schools are represented among almost 140 teachers who've chosen to gain the skills to teach HTM to their students. Our goal is to upturn the current-way-of-doing-business in the teaching of Hebrew to students in part-time Jewish educational settings. We want to help students gain the language skills that will help increase their understanding of Jewish rituals and prayers (see the two videos on this page: http://www.hebrewthroughmovement.org/holiday-unit.html), and make the learning of Hebrew decoding/reading move along much more quickly and enjoyably! This is about leveraging the normative way of learning to read - from "sound-to-print" (think of how much language a baby hears and speaks before learning to read at age 5 or 6), rather than "print-to-sound" which is how Hebrew Schools have been doing it for decades (and struggling!)
How's it going across the nation? Check out the Teacher Talk pages of this website - lots of conversation is going on there!
Want to gain the skills to teach Hebrew Through Movement? Sign up for the online seminar - registration information is at the bottom of http://www.HebrewThroughMovement.org.
Hebrew Through Movement is one element of a bigger transformation of Hebrew learning in our part-time educational programs. Read about the four things you can do to improve Hebrew learning for your students: http://tiny.cc/ntvorw
Nachama Skolnik Moskowitz, JECC
12/31/2012 04:59:03 am
HTM is so awesome! Until now I didn't have the tools to include Hebrew immersion in my curriculum, now I have the guidelines, training, and support from our Cleveland "Chalutzim." My students are really enjoying Hebrew class.
Nachama Skolnik Moskowitz
3/28/2013 02:00:43 am
Thanks so much! We'd love for you to post a video of your students in action in the Looking in Classrooms part of this website - just make sure you have the permissions to do so.
1/2/2013 04:21:20 am
Admittedly, I'm coming to this late. I wasn't able to do the course this summer, and I just spent some time reviewing the curriculum and materials. That being said, I'm very taken by this technique for language learning, and I'm excited to integrate it into our school. Currently, however, we have a one-on-one Hebrew tutoring program for grades 3-6. So I'm wondering if this could be adapted for a one-on-one style of learning or whether it really needs to be done in a group. If it needs to be done in a group, could we reinforce the learning through the one-on-one experience with the tutors? Thanks so much, Laurie (Madison, Wisconsin)
Nachama Skolnik Moskowitz
3/28/2013 01:59:17 am
Laurie - My apologies for not responding to you till now. I didn't get a notification that you had posted, and I admit to not peeking back at the blog for a bit. Hebrew Through Movement is a socially-experienced way of learning Hebrew - no one is put on the spot because of their work within the group. If you watch some of the holiday videos we posted (e.g. on this page: http://www.hebrewthroughmovement.org/holiday-unit.html) you'll see how much new learners depend on others. The anxiety level of learning a new language is very, very low. So, I'm not sure how you could make it work in a one-on-one tutoring situation (which, btw, I happen to like!).
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