Moshe Krakowski
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PBL COP - continuing the conversation on PBL and skills

This space is available to continue the conversation about skills and PBL, and to work on the google doc that we started over the phone. The link to that doc is…Continue

Started Oct 26, 2011

 

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Moshe Krakowski commented on Tzvi Daum's blog post Creating Driving Questions for PBL Judaic Studies Classes
"Nope. There has to be a driving question - something this unit is all about. The central concern or issue that ties everything together and makes it one meaningful endeavor. Research is just one aspect of that. I don't want to inspire students…"
Mar 6, 2012
Moshe Krakowski commented on Tzvi Daum's blog post Creating Driving Questions for PBL Judaic Studies Classes
"Tzvi - okay, i'll say it: you are wrong! :-) Here's a more thoughtful answer, though, that i hope addresses some of the misconceptions floating around about PBL. First - I'm not sure who these PBL people are. As far as I know, I am…"
Mar 6, 2012
Moshe Krakowski commented on Tzvi Daum's blog post Creating Driving Questions for PBL Judaic Studies Classes
"Tzvi - you are asking a lot of good foundational questions about PBL. A project need not take any more or less time than any other format for teaching material, and what it means for something to be "real world" depends on the subject…"
Mar 6, 2012
Moshe Krakowski posted a blog post

PBL and Judaic Curricula #5: How to ask a question – and what that means for curricula…

I was going to talk about cognition and move from there to PBL, but I’ve decided to take a different approach. What I’d like to do is ask you a question about asking questions. Suppose I was teaching a medical school class and the curriculum dealt with different diseases. I decide to frame a question to the class, and I think of two different ways to ask the question:What is the nature of Lupus, what are the symptoms, and what is the treatment?orA patient has come into the doctor’s office…See More
Feb 15, 2012
Moshe Krakowski posted a blog post

Genuine Engagement and Interest in PBL at Sha'arei DAT

Every once in a while you teach a class and students walk out of class still discussing the concepts and arguing about the ideas in an animated way. It's a great feeling to see students engaged in this way.At Sha'arei Dat, this happens every day, multiple times a day. I saw kids arguing over concepts they had discussed, explaining their projects to one another, spontaneously working on things with one another, without any prompting from adults - all during break time.When I spoke to students…See More
Jan 13, 2012
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Jan 10, 2012
Jane Taubenfeld Cohen commented on Moshe Krakowski's blog post Yeshiva Sha'arei DAT
"I cannot wait to hear more!  I am excited just from this one paragraph!"
Jan 10, 2012
Naava Frank commented on Moshe Krakowski's blog post Yeshiva Sha'arei DAT
"Can't wait to hear more!  I shared our post on facebook.  "
Jan 10, 2012
Yehuda Chanales commented on Moshe Krakowski's blog post Yeshiva Sha'arei DAT
"Let's get them posting and blogging about what they're doing!"
Jan 10, 2012
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PBL and Judaic Curricula #4: Assessment – a crucial component of the curriculum

Before getting to PBL itself, I’d like to finish off with a brief word about assessment. The word assessment brings to mind pencils, tests, and maybe the SATs. But all the word really means is to measure, judge, or evaluate in some way. Evaluation is crucial – not only in the classroom, but in the original conception of a curriculum. In the classroom teachers need to evaluate in order to know how to adjust their teaching to their students needs. What do they know, what can they do, what do I…See More
Nov 29, 2011
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PBL and Judaic Curricula #3: Designing activities – the most overlooked aspect of curriculum development

Thanks to the popularity of Wiggins and McTigue’s “Understanding by Design” many educators have become familiar with the idea that goals are central to planning a curriculum. Because they then immediately emphasize assessment, educators are also generally aware of the importance of designing good assessments. One area that does not receive comprehensive treatment in their book, or in any other forum, is the importance of designing activities that are closely tied to the learning goals. Early…See More
Nov 9, 2011
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PBL COP - continuing the conversation on PBL and skills

This space is available to continue the conversation about skills and PBL, and to work on the google doc that we started over the phone. The link to that doc is here. I'd love to see your thoughts on which of the chumash skills can be done with PBL and how, along with thoughts on some of the important skills in other domains (gemara, halacha, navi, hashkafa, etc.). See More
Oct 26, 2011
Moshe Krakowski posted a blog post

PBL and Judaic Curricula #2: Sof Ma’aseh B’machshava Techila – setting clear goals for a curricular unit

What is a curricular goal?A curricular goal is a goal that focuses on an outcome that you wish to see in your students, whether that is framed in terms of religious behaviors, affect, or—most commonly—learning. It is not sufficient to articulate what content you will teach, as that says nothing about the learner. Rather, in order to design a curriculum well, you need to have a clear picture of what your students will come out of the unit knowing, feeling, or doing. So, imagine for example, that…See More
Oct 24, 2011
Moshe Krakowski posted a blog post

Jewish Curricula and Problem Based Learning (PBL) Series: Introduction

I’d like to start a series of blog posts on one particular type of curricular structure called problem based learning (PBL) to help foster some productive thinking about curricula in Jewish high school settings. Over the course of a few posts I will try to explain what PBL is, why PBL can be a powerful way to encourage classroom learning, and why it might be tremendously helpful in many of the Judaic subjects we teach in our schools. Along the way we’ll talk about some of the unusual features…See More
Oct 6, 2011

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At 12:44pm on May 3, 2011, Naava Frank said…

Moshe,

 

Welcome, we are delighted to have your expertise and leadership in this new and exciting virtual community.

 

Naava

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PBL and Judaic Curricula #5: How to ask a question – and what that means for curricula…

I was going to talk about cognition and move from there to PBL, but I’ve decided to take a different approach. What I’d like to do is ask you a question about asking questions. Suppose I was teaching a medical school class and the curriculum dealt with different diseases. I decide to frame a question to the class, and I think of two different ways to ask the question:

  1. What is the nature of Lupus, what are the symptoms, and what…
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Posted on February 15, 2012 at 1:47pm

Genuine Engagement and Interest in PBL at Sha'arei DAT

Every once in a while you teach a class and students walk out of class still discussing the concepts and arguing about the ideas in an animated way. It's a great feeling to see students engaged in this way.

At Sha'arei Dat, this happens every day, multiple times a day. I saw kids arguing over concepts they had discussed, explaining their projects to one another, spontaneously working on things with one another, without any prompting from adults - all during break time.

When I…

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Posted on January 13, 2012 at 1:03pm

More DAT reflections

Below you'll see me trying to look very serious as I observe the students working hard on their various projects.

 

One of the hardest things about doing this is not jumping into the conversation at every turn. When I usually videotape classes, i have no problem sitting in my corner videotaping,…

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Posted on January 10, 2012 at 8:22pm

Yeshiva Sha'arei DAT

I'm sorry for the absence of posts, but I just wanted to throw up a quick note to say that I'm in the middle of visiting Yeshivat Sha'arei DAT in Denver, and I'm looking at how they manage to run almost the whole school in a differentiated, highly PBL oriented manner, and I just wish my Masters students at Azrieli could see this. I always hear students complain that my ideas are nice, but could never work in practice - but if they could see this, they would see these ideas working in…

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Posted on January 10, 2012 at 10:39am — 3 Comments

 
 
 

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