Teachers' Guidelines

Lesson plans
Complete your lesson plans in the Google document that you share with Abby.  You should have your plans completed at least 4 days in advance, so you have time to prepare your materials, and Abby has time to review your plan. 

Think about how the students will connect to the material and to each other.  Why and how is this topic important to you?  How can you share this with your students and make the topic relevant to your students' lives?  

Please incorporate the following in your lesson plans:

  • concept/skill you are teaching and the objective--what will the students be able to do at the end of the lesson or unit?
  • length of time for lesson
  • teaching modalities--small groups, skits, art, movement, debate, etc.  Think about ways the students can learn from each other and build connections.
  • Homework--In grades 1-6 assign homework each class (10 minutes of Hebrew reading for grades 2-6) using the homework log in the students' binders. Check the students' homework logs each class. Follow up with parents when students aren't completing their homework by asking for parents' support to reinforce their child's Hebrew skills at home. You can send an email home or contact the parents by phone.  Let Abby know if you contact parents.
    In grades 3-6 have students add to their homework log once a month --update peulot chart.
  • home/synagogue connection--How will the students practice/live what they are learning outside of school and how will they share these experiences in class?  In grades 3-6, include time to share how they have earned their peulot points.
  • assessment--How will the students show what they learned, why they learned it, and why it's important to them?  Click here for strategies.  
  • your reflections on the lesson--When were the students most engaged, least engaged?  Did you meet the goals of your lesson? How do you know?  Reflect on individual students' needs--how did individual students respond to the lesson?  Based on your reflections, how can you better engage the students in your next lesson?  
  • Let Abby know if you have any concerns about students--academic, social, emotional, behavioral, more than 2 absences in a row, or chronic tardiness.  Click here for a referral form you can use to share with Abby.

Parent Communication:

  • Send home emails to parents with notes about students' successes in class as a way to connect with the parents and communicate ways the students are engaged in class.
  • Email parents when students are absent and include the homework, or have buddies in the class do this for each other.  The email can include: "We missed you in class today.  For next class please..." 
  • Parent Updates and Progress Reports: see teacher calendar for due dates.  It is critical that you submit these on time, as we send out these reports to the whole school, so one class can delay the school.
  • Have your students write to their parents about what they have been learning.  Click here for an example.

If you take your class outside or another place not on the schedule, please get a walkie talkie from the office, so the office can contact you.

Kippot: After you have welcomed your students each class, remind them to put on a kippah.  We have extra clips and kippot in the supply closet, and there are kippot on the table at the entrance.  At the end of each class in grades K-6, ask the students to put their kippah back in the pouch in their binder.  

Copies and Materials: give Jennifer copies a few days in advance or via email.  Let Jennifer know what special materials you'd like ordered for your class at least a week in advance so there is time for them to be ordered and delivered.  Prior approval from Abby is needed for any purchases over $20.

Early pick up in grades K-6: Parents must sign their child out in the office, then the office will call your class to have the child meet the parent in the office.

Attendance: When a child is absent, late, or picked up early, please take his/her attendance card out of the envelope and write the date that s/he was absent/late/picked up early.  Keep these cards out of the envelope. Leave the cards of students who were present and on time in the envelope.  This makes it efficient for Jennifer to document the students who were not in class vs. looking through all the cards.  Don't take attendance until a half hour into class, so that students who are late are not marked absent.  Bring all attendance cards to Jennifer's desk in the main office.

Borrowing books and resources from Abby's office: there's a clipboard in Abby's office to sign books out.

Computers: We have 14 Google Chromebooks for you to use in your class. You can check them out with the clipboard in the computer room. We have 12 headphones in the computer room.  We also have large screen TV's hooked up with laptops/chrombooks in almost every class that you can use to show websites to your class.  

Madrichim: communicate regularly with your teen aide(s) including sharing your plans with them and what roles they can take in your lesson. Create a list of guidelines for being a madrich/a in your class--see your Google Drive folder for guidelines that you can update for your madrichim.

End of Class: At the end of class make sure your room is clean and stay with your students until they are all dismissed.  Make sure your students stay with you at dismissal, so you see when each child is picked up and no child is unsupervised.  Make sure each student is being picked up by his/her parent or an adult designated by that parent.  If someone comes to pick up a student, but you have not received permission from the parent for that person to pick up the student, then bring the student to the office to call the parent to verify that person can take the student.  The teacher is responsible for dismissing and keeping an eye on the students.  Do not send your madrich/a to dismiss the students.

For Grades K-6 Teachers--During Shirah, Omanut, and Tefillah Classes: Teachers are expected to be a role model and sing the songs/tefillot with the students, assist the leader of the class--ex. distribute materials, and help the students engage in the activity (walk around the room to see that students are participating, sit with a child who needs help, give madrich/a directions to help other students...).

See your contract for additional guidelines.  

Speak to Abby with any questions or ways we can support your work.

Thank you for all of the wonderful work you do to engage the students in Jewish living and learning!

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