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The Importance of Unit Planning in a BOLD (Blended Learning)/21st Century Classroom

By Jenni Levy

Over the past few months, I have been fortunate enough to work closely with the Magen David Yeshivah blended learning teachers. I created a blended learning template that I adapted from the original Grant Wiggins template on unit planning. I am passionate about unit planning instead of lesson planning alone for all the reasons it has largely been adopted by most good school districts across the country. The reasons I like it don’t vary that much from other school’s reasoning; however, I particularly like it in a blended/21st century classroom that and even more particularly find it necessary in a yeshiva day school where the number of hours dedicated to general studies is even more crunched.

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Blended Learning in Action- The Next Generation of Education!

By Jenni Levy

This past week, I had the pleasure to formally observe one of our terrific teachers, Rebecca Cohen, using blended learning in the classroom (thanks to our BOLD, blended online day schools grant). Rebecca full utilized a rotational model embedded in our blended learning classroom. Students were divided into three major groups. One group worked on the computers utilizing gradpoint to pinpoint information on enzymatic reactions. Another group worked on a lab on enzymes. An additional group worked with the teacher to fine tune areas of weakness and/or focus on more challenging material. It was a pleasure to watch a double block period go by so quickly with students so engaged!

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The Importance of Student Buy In for the Use of New Technology and Teaching Methods

By Jenni Levy

When I first started teaching, I use to use the phrase “I do not care, ” frequently. In fact, it became a catch phrase among my students. I didn’t mean that I didn’t genuinely care for my students, it was obvious to them and me that I did. I spent countless hours grading papers and tests to give them comprehensive feedback within a 24 hour period of whatever they did. I met with them after school and on Sundays to review for AP’s. I was available to them 24/7 whenever they needed me for anything. What I meant really was “do not give me any excuses” about homework, about how hard you think the material is, about what I demand of you, about being on time to class. What I meant was the sooner they realized life did not revolve around them and their needs, the sooner they were prepared for the real world outside the walls of the cozy private all girls school I taught in. In fact, I would say the phrase in direct opposition to all the touchy feeling things going on in the school to pander to their every needs and make them feel super special.

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