Ways and means of teaching the Tishrei Festivals
A basic course in the program: Studies toward a Specialization Certificate in the Didactics of Teaching Teaching The Cycle of the Jewish Year.
Basic assumptions in teaching the Hagim (the Jewish festivals)
The Hagim constitute a special time-out from the everyday routine, both on a public and an individual level. In each and every Hag, special events occur, and in all the Hagim together, we see the cultural partnership of the Jewish nation throughout the course of history in Israel and in the Diaspora.
Because of the antiquity of the Jewish tradition, each Hag has many different ways of expression, such as customs, traditions, ways of life, and cultural creations. This variety reflects an abundance of ideas, thoughts, values, expressions of happiness, rituals, ceremonies, and festivities.
In the Jewish school, everyday life is conducted according to both the general calendar and the Jewish one. The school is a cultural agent that is responsible for enhancing the national and cultural heritage. In this heritage, the Hagim are the essence, reminder and symbol of its concepts and principles. That is why it is so important to accord them a significant place in the school's curriculum.
It is the duty of the school to confront the pluralistic society and the difficulties it raises and deal with subjects such as faith and religious customs. It is necessary to confront, cope with, and constantly seek the unique and exclusive solution that is right for the school and for its students.
The course objectives are to provide the learner with tools and skills for building intelligent, rational, and experiential learning plans based on didactic and pedagogic considerations with regard to the teaching of the Hagim. The learner will know how to find the content components of every festival and will identify the various layers that comprise the particular Hag;
- The learner will know how to choose from among the various content components of each Hag the ones that conform to his pupils and the requirements of the institution;
- The learner will know how to organize the study materials and contents in an intelligent manner, exercising didactic consideration;
- The learner will be cognizant of various learning theories and will learn to apply them to the teaching of the Hagim;
- The learner will learn how to prepare lesson plans in accordance with the level of his pupils and with the required study material;
- The learner will acquire the skill to teach the Hagim rationally and experientially.
This course is intended for anyone who seeks to teach the Hagim in all age groups from kindergarten to 12th grade.
The learners must be familiar with the Hagim on the content level, and they must know how to locate material relating to the Hagim and use it.
The aim of the courses is not to impart knowledge about the Hagim, but rather the skills for teaching them.
It is highly recommended that the learner have a basic knowledge of Hebrew.
- The learner must read and learn the theories to be presented during the course;
- The learner must carry out the tasks and assignments given during the course;
- The learner must participate actively in the online course forum;
- At the end of each course, the learner must submit a final paper on one of the Hagim studied.
The course objectives are to provide the learner with tools and skills for building intelligent, rational, and experiential learning plans based on didactic and pedagogic considerations with regard to the teaching of the Hagim.
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