Professional Development Resources: PODCAST/VIDEO

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: The Myth of Defensive Teaching

The Myth of Defensive Teaching – 044 – This episode considers what to do when you and your students discover a weakness in an idea... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: An Interview with Rabbi Yonah Fuld

An Interview with Rabbi Yonah Fuld – 043 – Mark talks to Rabbi Fuld, past principal of SAR Academy in New York for 25 years,... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Breadth or Depth?

Breadth or Depth? – 042 – What’s more important – covering a lot of ground at the expense of depth, or developing thinking and discussion... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Interview with Dr Chaim Feuerman

Interview with Dr Chaim Feuerman – 041 – Mark Smilowitz interviews educator Dr Chaim Feuerman about the four innately pleasurable learning activities that teachers should... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: The First Week of School

The First Week of School – 040 – What is the best way to start the school year? Should I get serious right away to... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Planning a Unit

Planning a Unit – 039– Unlike math or history textbooks that break the material up into units for the teacher, classical Judaic texts do... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Keeping Organized

Keeping Organized – 038 – Staying on top of the flow of papers can be a real challenge to teachers, who struggle to maintain order... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Seven Instructional Questions

Seven Instructional Questions – 037 – This episode discusses seven questions worth asking yourself to help plan your year of teaching. They are also useful... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: An Interview with Professor Stevie Bravmann

An Interview with Professor Stevie Bravmann – 036 – Mark and Stevie discuss an extremely important idea for teachers: how to deconstruct your own learning... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Becoming More Knowledgeable

Becoming More Knowledgeable – 035 – While a teacher does not need to be the world’s expert in their subject matter, the more you know... Read more
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