Personalized Talmud Learning

By: Rabbi Yoni Fein
from The Moriah School

Differentiated Instruction

Subject(s) of entry:
Gemara, Halacha, Ivrit, Mishnah, Tanach

Blended Learning, UBD - understanding by design, 21st Century Skills, Personalized Learning

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
6, 7, 8, Middle school

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Middle school, High school

The model of Talmud instruction in Jewish Day schools has remained mostly intact for decades. The trends suggest that a higher percentage of middle school students are graduating with weak Talmud skills, and a lack of understanding of the purpose of Talmud and appreciation for its role in Jewish life. This has led many schools to even consider abandoning Talmud in middle school curriculum. Our innovative approach to Talmud uses a data-driven model to create personalized learning pathways that students progress through based on proficiency and mastery in eight specific domains that provide a comprehensive understanding of Talmud - including content, vocabulary, functional structures, and real-life application.

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