Tishrei is here! School is now in full flow and as someone who has been a mother, teacher, and head of Jewish Studies in a school, I annually marvel at how we get through Tishrei!
Every year in September I feel as if I am strapped onto the Tishrei roller coaster ride and step off the other side in October exhilarated, exhausted, and waving my “ I made it!” flag.
As educators we need all the help we can get – just how can we teach about the intricacies of Sukkot in a few days when we have to teach about Yom Kippur, and tefillah etc?
I often thought to myself – I wish there was a button I could press and all my planning and teaching would be organized and done (and make some honey cake at the same time!) Well there is a button – it’s called Jewish Interactive’s educator guide and resource section that pedagogically underpins their “Sukkah Challenge” app – helping to encourage a blend of actual experiential learning with carefully educationally designed animated interactions.
This app quite simply changes the way we teach and learn. The app is content based, and the user cannot help but learn. Online teachers can print out worksheets and additional resources and evaluate their teaching against a clearly thought out curriculum, endorsed by professors and experts. There are differentiated levels of learning with Level 1 looking at torah text and level 2 looking at Mishnah and Gemara. With interactive glossary, embedded videos, online quiz and all available in different nusach and Ivrit, “Sukkah Challenge” really does have something for every learner.
I used to spend many hours piecing together clips from one source, pictures from another – to have everything you need in one place saves hours of preparation and allows me that 20 minutes to make that honey cake!