|Posted by Danny on September 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM|
Second-year Davidson students have begun their practicums at day schools and Jewish non-profits around the city. Day School Concentration student Saul Zebovitz shares about his placement at Solomon Schechter Manhattan.
What is your role within the organization / who and what are you teaching? Who is your mentor?
I'm working in a fourth grade classroom in a student teacher role, under mentor (and fourth-grade teacher) Elisa Marcus.
What do you feel is the greatest challenge you face as a Jewish educator?
Fitting my entire lesson into the short periods of time I have, and finding time to teach all of the things that I want to and need to teach.
What skills do you most hope to gain from your work at this practicum this year?
I want to become more skilled at managing a large class of students, at planning interactive and creative lessons, and directing classroom discussion.
Please share a meaningful experience you've had at the practicum.
During my first week, I was able to turn a friendly conflict between two groups of students into a very rich lesson/simulation on the U.S. election. It ended up unexpectedly opening some pre-existent social fault lines in the class that turned into a not-so-friendly conflict between two different groups, but I still think that a lot of students learned a lot. One student in particular was able to explore his own interest in politics and history in a way that he's previously been unable to.