HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal


Formal-Informal Education

Formal-Informal Education

If only school could be like camp… Many people’s fondest childhood memories are of camp with its unstructured days and enjoyable activities. Increasingly, under the rubric of informal or experiential education, schools are capturing some of the atmosphere of camp in the classroom and beyond. How can this model be adapted effectively to the educational rigor of a day school?

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Planning for the Unexpected: Maximizing the Potential of Holocaust Educational Travel

by Jason Feld Dec 12, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Experiential Education

Preparation for the school’s trip to Holocaust sites in Poland involves methods to make the experience personal and reflective, removing layers of protective callouses that students acquired toward the subject.

What Schools Can Learn from Ecological Resilience

by Amanda Gelb Dec 12, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Experiential Education

The author puts forward "resilience" as a useful lens to regard our goals for the classroom, school culture and our students.

Getting Beyond “Formal vs. Informal”: Good Education is Good Education

by Jacob Cytryn Dec 12, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Experiential Education

The author argues that we should put aside labels such as "informal" and "formal" and focus on elements that comprise good education in any setting.

Head and Heart

by Skip Vichness Dec 12, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Experiential Education

A prominent, longtime camp advocate and administrator discusses a new program designed to foster productive interchange between camps and day schools.

Rethinking the “School” in Day School

by Jonathan Woocher Dec 12, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Experiential Education

What’s needed is a far-reaching reconception of the nature of school, one less aligned with the strictures of American success and more aligned with Jewish culture and values and a larger vision of educational excellence.