The authors describe four core principles for integrating the best aspects of camp culture into day schools.
HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal
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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Teachers should create lessons and assessments that enable students to engage with the material in ways that are relevant to their lives outside the classroom.
The authors propose kinds of teacher reflection and discussion that can lead toward greater student engagement and encourage an organic development of informal techniques in the classroom.
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.
The author puts forward "resilience" as a useful lens to regard our goals for the classroom, school culture and our students.
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.
A prominent, longtime camp advocate and administrator discusses a new program designed to foster productive interchange between camps and day schools.
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.
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