Pedagogy Resources

Pedagogy experts from UnitEd and Herzog College have created a bank of online resources for Judaic Studies teachers that encourage meaningful learning through contemporary teaching and learning practices.

We work with teachers in Jewish schools around the world to integrate Jewish content with teaching strategies that promote high-impact learning. We recommend the following four fundamental Pillars of teaching and learning, designed to encourage the personalization and internalization of the values, the content and the processes conveyed during lessons.

 

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4 Educational Pillars

Active Learning

Active learning processes encourage your students to become engaged in the learning process, requiring learners to explore, research, present, and create. Active learning fosters a sense of student ownership and responsibility for their learning, boosting engagement and encouraging a classroom atmosphere in which students are active, rather than passive which helps students develop higher-order thinking skills.

Values-Based Learning

A values-based approach to learning seeks to engage students in explorative learning experiences which deepen and widen value-based attitudes through content & vocabulary. They also nurture moral development through analysis and value clarification. These practices  guide behavior and choices while focusing on character and spiritual/religious development, and the ability to interact with others.

Collaborative Learning

Collaborative learning views social learning experiences as a critical part of guiding students’ emotional and cognitive development, helping them to work effectively as part of a team. When they pool their knowledge, skills and efforts, it creates opportunities to capitalize on each other’s skills. The teacher takes on a facilitative role that shifts away from direct instruction to supporting learning within the group.

Self-Directed Learning

When using self-directed learning practices, we enable students take responsibility for their learning process and to develop their ability to channel thoughts, emotions, and actions towards pursuing academic, emotional or social goals. This approach aims to help students become lifelong learners, by guiding them to take initiative, solve problems and make informed choices independently, while developing a degree of autonomy.

Pedagogy Practices

We invite you to explore the practical pedagogy practices that Herzog and UnitEd have compiled on their website, which you can use to successfully implement the above Educational Pillars.

 

  • Storytelling
  • Jigsaw Activities
  • Peer Discussions
  • Havruta Learning
  • Think-Pair Share
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Mind Mapping
  • Learning Menus
  • Debate
  • Dilemma
  • Socratic Questioning
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