Cases & Resources

 Cases

Jewish Values Webcase (Jocelyn Segal)
Presents the teaching of Jewish values in a general studies third-grade day school classroom through guided Jewish text study in havruta (text study in student pairs). It grows out of the work of the Beit Midrash Research Project, directed by Orit Kent.

Beginning the Journey from Student to Teacher (Sharon Feiman-Nemser)
Developed during a fellowship at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Teaching Torah to Young Children: Creating a Community of Torah Learners (Shira Horowitz)
This case, about Shira's teaching at South Area Solomon Schechter Day School in Stoughton, MA, explores the question, "How can I teach Torah to young children in a way that respects the integrity of the text and the developmental and individual needs of my students?" Produced by the Mandel Center.

Challenging Jewish Identity: Integrating Jewish Studies into the Humanities Classroom (Judy Shulman and Elizabeth Sharkey)
This case, which documents a unit of a seventh grade humanities teacher at a community day school in Palo Alto, CA, explores how the teacher encourages her students to question and shape their Jewish identity within the context of her general studies curriculum.

Articles

"Expanding Horizons through Virtual Cases of Teaching" by Sharon Feiman-Nemser and Jon A. Levisohn, published online in Shmoozing About Education, from the Lookstein Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora.

Related Research at the Mandel Center

Bridging Initiative

Beit Midrash Research Project

Webcases of Jewish Teaching and Learning

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Webcase: Teaching Torah to Young Children

Teachers tend to teach in the ways that they were taught, and often are limited by their abilities to envision alternatives. How can they expand their pedagogical horizons?

What if it were possible to visit vibrant Jewish studies classrooms across the country or across the world?

What if it were possible to see multiple models of the thoughtful teaching of parashat ha-shavua (the weekly Torah portion), or Mishnah, or the book of Isaiah?

What if these visits were not just glimpses of a classroom in action, but systematic explorations of an accomplished teacher's practice, complete with reflections on her goals, insights into her planning, and samples of her students' work?

Browse the selection in the sidebar to the right to see the many ways web cases can make visible what goes on in a classroom between a thoughtful teacher and a group of learners.