Sourec: Lookstein Center
Lookstein Center is releasing a weekly podcast with reflections and strategies for budding Jewish education professionals delivered by Mark Smilowitz. Twenty nine 20 minute podcasts have been posted to date dealing with varied aspects of classroom teaching from "Classroom Management" to "Teaching Thinking Skills" and "Having Fun in Class".
About Mark Smilowitz from the Looksten Center:
Mark Smilowitz has taught Judaic studies in middle school and high school levels for 11 years, in New Jersey, Washington State, and Israel. Unsatisfied with the available options for professional growth, Mark sought his own, personal mentor. That's how he met Professor Stephanie "Stevie" Bravmann, a veteran master teacher who, according to one colleague, "knows everything" about education.
Mark emerged from his weekly sessions with Stevie with powerful new insights and ideas about teaching that he immediately implemented with profound impact on his students, not to mention great personal satisfaction. When Mark moved to Israel in 2005, he found that his new teaching tools worked just as well with children on the other side of the globe.
Now Mark wants to share what he's learned with other Judaic studies teachers. This podcast is an attempt to help teachers - beginners and veterans - find personal satisfaction in teaching.