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Testimonials

"At the Walder Pavilion, I enjoy participating with other teachers and learning new and different projects to add to my teaching. The projects can be adapted to fit the needs of a range of ages and abilities. The energy of all the teachers brainstorming and creating different projects is wonderful and really useful for me in my work in so many ways."

- Michelle Drucker, Am Yisrael

 

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"The book fair was exceptionally helpful. Talking with representatives of some of the publishers was a fantastic opportunity. It was much more useful than flipping through a catalog and not knowing the exact content of a book. Here I was able to compare different publishers’ books on the same subject such as Ivrit or Chumash. I got an idea which ones would suit the students in my classrooms better. I hope this is something that Walder [Education Pavilion] does again!"

- Batyah Cohen, Am Yisrael

 

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Our monthly calendar features a large range of events, classes and seminars, from incorporating educational apps into the classroom, creating interactive lessons, to Holocaust Education Teacher Training or Explorations in the Arts Workshops, many of which are free. If you have a request for a particular class, workshop or event, please let us know.


Walder Education is temporarily located at 5665 N. Jersey, Chicago.

If you want to make an appointment or speak to a Walder staff member, please call 847.674.0800 or email us at teacherscenter@waldereducation.org.

 


Quick Tip: Enhance Your Lessons with Project-based Learning 
 
Project-based Learning (PBL) is an exciting and creative approach to engaging students. The school’s curricular content stays constant, but the method of teaching it is student-centered. Students internalize new knowledge through active collaborative exploration.  
 
Teachers present a real “problem” or challenge for students to solve through active research, strategizing and implementation. The activity is generally cross-curricular. The content challenge may involve parsha or Yom Tov curriculum, but the vehicle to present the solution may be a multimedia presentation that the students write, perform and present.
 
For example: Before Sukkos, students are taught the halachos of a kosher Sukkah. To make this a  Project-based Learning experience, divide the class into project teams.    Present each team with a different problem scenario to solve to build a kosher sukkah. Each group researches by using primary sources to learn the halachos to solve its particular challenge. 
  • They document by journaling and/or videotaping:
    • their collaborative research. 
    • their collaborative strategizing. 
    • their building their scale-model “kosher” sukkah.
  • If journaling: they write a report describing their experience and conclusion, including their journal.
  • If videotaping: they write a narrative to go along with the video, edit the video and include the narrative.
  • They present to the class.
 
 
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