Student Centered Chumash Class

By: Zehava Greenwald
from Bruriah Junior High

Differentiated Instruction

Subject(s) of entry:
Tanach, Technology

Blended Learning, Constructivist, Design-Thinking Model, Experiential Education, Flipped Learning, Hevruta Learning, IBL - inquiry based learning, PBL - project based learning, UBD - understanding by design, 21st Century Skills

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

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

Differentiated instruction is crucial in education, because every student should be given the opportunity to maximize his/her potential. Shifting my Chumash class into a more student-centered one has helped me reach this goal. In this model, students play an active role in their learning, and they produce work that demonstrates authentic learning.

Entry Narrative

Student-Centered Chumash Class

What and why?

As a Chumash teacher of 18 years, I believe that it is very important for my students to love this subject, as it often affects their relationship with Hashem. Over the years, as I implemented techniques and strategies, I realized that creating a student-centered classroom for Chumash yielded incredible results. One of the benefits of this model is that when teaching a class with diverse ability, it allows each student to grow and achieve. This enables each student to grow, thereby feeling successful and good about herself. It is equally important to challenge the higher level students as it is to reach and modify for the weaker ones.

Four main components of a student-centered classroom are: student inquiry, technology integration, collaboration, and self-evaluation. These essentials should be present when planning the physical space of a classroom, methods of instruction, assessments, and homework.

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At Home

I feel passionately that a student-centered model is vital, especially for a Torah based classroom, because it creates confident students who love learning. The outcome of this is that we are raising children and adolescents who have a strong connection with Hashem, which is a critical piece of living as a Jew in the 21st century.


Entrant Bio(s)

As Assistant Principal of the Junior High of Bruriah as well as the 7th and 8th grade Chumash teacher, I spend most of my day connecting with students, and helping each one grow and maximize her potential. With an emphasis on respect for others, strong academics, and openness to innovation, I strive to create an environment for my students that will encourage them to be life-long learners who are well-prepared for the 21st century.