Tova Warburg Sinensky
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Josh Kahn commented on Tova Warburg Sinensky's blog post Strategies for Achieving Affective Goals in Gemara
"This is an interesting description of some of the strategies you use to make Gemara "relevant" to your students.   I find an ongoing tension between keeping Gemara learning "authentic" while also using new and innovative…"
Jan 22, 2013
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Strategies for Achieving Affective Goals in Gemara

While many of us aim to reach learning targets in areas of skills, content, and affect, I have found that sometimes those in the affective domain (what I will call from now on the “big ideas”) are not clear enough to the students.  I believe that this is what often results in questions such as, “why are we learning this?” and complaints of “this doesn’t apply to me!”   I have found these questions to be particularly pervasive in classes of students who find the textual work and content to be…See More
Jan 17, 2013
Tova Warburg Sinensky posted a blog post

Strategies for Achieving Affective Goals in Gemara

While many of us aim to reach learning targets in areas of skills, content, and affect, I have found that sometimes those in the affective domain (what I will call from now on the “big ideas”) are not clear enough to the students.  I believe that this is what often results in questions such as, “why are we learning this?” and complaints of “this doesn’t apply to me!”   I have found these questions to be particularly pervasive in classes of students who find the textual work and content to be…See More
Jan 15, 2013
Tova Warburg Sinensky replied to Yehuda Chanales's discussion What I Would do if Everyone in my Gemara Class had an Ipad in the group Teaching Gemara
"Yes, the students still find the iPad to be fun. In fact, they protest if I tell them that we are not using it for something!"
Jan 5, 2013
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Dec 30, 2012
Tova Warburg Sinensky replied to Yehuda Chanales's discussion What I Would do if Everyone in my Gemara Class had an Ipad in the group Teaching Gemara
"Agreed, it could be. I wasn't suggesting that this tool is unique to the iPad, just a strategy that is made simpler (and frankly, more fun for the students!) with the iPad. "
Dec 30, 2012
Tova Warburg Sinensky replied to Yehuda Chanales's discussion What I Would do if Everyone in my Gemara Class had an Ipad in the group Teaching Gemara
"I teach at Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Lower Merion, where every student now has an iPad. Here's a strategy that I have found to be successful. I call it "pass the iPad:" Each student writes down her response to a prompt, and…"
Dec 30, 2012
Tova Warburg Sinensky replied to Yehuda Chanales's discussion HSchinuch Resource of the Week: Skills Rubric for Gemara
"Thanks for commenting.  I completely agree with your comments and hope to spend time modifying and tweaking the rubric over the summer.  Just to clarify, I have used the rubric both as a way for me to assess the students, but more often as…"
May 17, 2012
Tova Warburg Sinensky replied to Dov Emerson's discussion One Masechta for All? in the group Teaching Gemara
"Dov,  At Ma'ayanot we also have each grade learn a different Masechet for the reasons that you and Jonathan have mentioned and have found it to be successful.    9th-Sukkah 10th-Makkot 11th-Sanhedrin 12th-Kiddushin I would add…"
Feb 3, 2012

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What Jewish educational institution do you associate yourself with?
Kohelet
Which best describes your role? (check all applicable)
Teacher, Other
If applicable, what Judaic studies subjects do you teach?
Gemara

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Strategies for Achieving Affective Goals in Gemara

While many of us aim to reach learning targets in areas of skills, content, and affect, I have found that sometimes those in the affective domain (what I will call from now on the “big ideas”) are not clear enough to the students.  I believe that this is what often results in questions such as, “why are we learning this?” and complaints of “this doesn’t apply to me!”   I have found these questions to be particularly pervasive in classes of students who find the textual work and content to be…

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At 2:05pm on August 19, 2011, Yehuda Chanales said…
Welcome Tova! I look forward to speaking to you more very soon about this project.
 
 
 

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