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HaYidion Article
Teaching and Learning
Much has been said about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives of adolescents. At Gann Academy, a pluralistic high school in Waltham, Massachusetts, as we have navigated this experience as a community, one of our...
HaYidion Article
Teaching and Learning
I want to make a bold claim: Diversity isn’t something you have, it’s something you do. When we do diversity effectively, we teach our children to find meaning in their own experiences and in the experiences of others. There...
HaYidion Article
Teaching and Learning
Being a teacher is hard. Being a new teacher is incredibly hard. On the days when it is hardest—and thank God the hardest days seem to come less frequently in my third year teaching than they did in the first—a line from a...
HaYidion Article
Mental Health, Teaching and Learning
Keeping students mentally engaged in the classroom can be a challenging task. With so many distractions, even the most focused of students can become overwhelmed and consumed by their surroundings. Students with special needs...
HaYidion Article
Mental Health, Professional Leadership, Teaching and Learning
Effective, strong, compassionate leadership requires understanding the importance of relationships. This basic but crucial disposition of leadership develops through the Gross Schechter Day School’s Buddy Program. Our...
HaYidion Article
Mental Health, Teaching and Learning
In today’s culture, students are feeling more and more pressure to perform than ever before. Competition is no longer an intrinsic motivator to be the best that you can be, but rather extrinsically to be better than everyone...
HaYidion Article
Mental Health, Professional Leadership, Teaching and Learning
Anyone raised in the Jewish tradition has been taught that every human being is an image of G-d. Great philosophers and teachers throughout history have echoed how vital it is that we honor this. The great principle of the...
HaYidion Article
Teaching and Learning, School Policies and Procedures, Mental Health
Imagine your favorite song is playing. Its familiar rhythm draws you in, undulating in melodic waves. Have a listen, but now imagine that the pauses between notes are withdrawn, so the song is solely composed of notes strung...
HaYidion Article
Teaching and Learning, Mental Health
The research is clear: Teaching is one of the most stressful careers a person can choose. Simply entering into Google the words “teacher burnout” (17 million results) or “teacher stress” (340 million results) confirms this...
HaYidion Article
Teaching and Learning, School Policies and Procedures, Mental Health
Adam is a peacock. He struts through the halls showing his feathers whenever he can. When I walk into a classroom where Adam is, his back is noticeably straight; he sits with seeming attentiveness and some designation of self...