Professional Development

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Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: The Role of the Teacher

The Role of the Teacher – 007 – You can’t be everything for everyone, so, as a teacher, what exactly are you and for whom?... Read more
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Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Norms Versus Rules

Norms Versus Rules – 006 – An alternative to rules, norms help to create a culture of learning in the class and teach kids that... Read more
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Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: The Three Ingredients of Learning

The Three Ingredients of Learning – 005 – For effective learning to happen, a unit should include three main ingredients: facts, skills, and concepts. Here’s... Read more
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Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Helping Students Get Organized

Helping Students Get Organized – 004 – Students often have problems keeping track of all their “stuff”, and their disorganization can kill a well prepared... Read more
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Integration of Judaic and General Studies in the Modern Orthodox Day School

Presented at the Second Annual Colloquium of The Jerusalem Fellows, May 20-2, 1986 Published in Jewish Education 54, 4 (1986), pp. 15-26.   In... Read more
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Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Fostering Student Questions

Fostering Student Questions – 003– How do we teach our students to become independent learners? One way is to teach them the art of... Read more
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Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: LEAST Classroom Management

LEAST Classroom Management – 002 – The LEAST method of classroom management helps teachers avoid disrupting their own classes and encourages students to take responsibility for... Read more