A Little Google with a Jewish Twist

By: Mrs. Joan Freedman
from Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit

Category:
Learning Environment

Subject(s) of entry:
Art, Computer Science, History, Literature, Math, Mishnah, Science, Tanach

Pedagogy:
PBL - project based learning, 21st Century Skills

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
ECC-8

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Elementary school, Middle school, High school

Our school has been transformed to replace traditional classrooms with opportunities for project-based learning that emphasizes 21st-century skills in creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. The physical design facilitates these educational goals, and impacts student-centered learning in increased motivation and achievement. It has put Hillel at the forefront of the paradigm shift in education, wherein student-driven inquiry develops tomorrow's problem-solvers, and gives children the skills they need to inherit their world, and not the factory-model, outmoded 20th-century model of education that no longer aligns with the skills students need in an ever-changing global world, and does so, most importantly, through the context of a Jewish education, which gives them the moral and ethical, values-based foundation they need to navigate a complex world.

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