- Posted by Tali Puterman
- On January 19, 2016
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Something that a 5th grader is bound to ask every once in a while is, “why do I have to come to Religious School?” We, as teachers, work hard to create a welcoming classroom community and a fun and engaging classroom environment, but we understand it is normal for a 5th grader to sometimes wonder, “what is the point?”
With bar and batmitzvah excitement and nerves setting in, we have spent some lessons trying to answer these questions and learn more about what students hope to gain from their time here at Temple Israel. What do students consider to be the purpose of Religious School? What are student expectations from us? After a group discussion, students and teachers drew up separate “britot” or “covenants” that captured our promises to the group so that all expectations can be upheld.
We have been staying true to our theme of social justice and we have been using Torah texts to help us better understand values of social justice, learning respect and responsibility, and to help students learn and talk about issues they care about. Using their tanakhs, students answered the questions, “What can we learn from the Torah?” “What kind of good advice can the Torah give us?” Students found their favorite “lesson” or “piece of advice” and presented it on poster board for the class.
Students also had the opportunity to share their thoughts in an expressive Tefillah session.