New bullying program targets preschool set
BY Simone Ellin
August 15, 2013

Can a 4-year-old be a bully? Donna Kane, Jewish Community Services school and camp consultant, says bullying behavior can happen in preschool, but she stresses there is a distinction to be made between bullying and developmentally age-appropriate behavior. “If a child is grabbing a toy from another child, it can look like bullying, but it CONTINUE »

Tips on how to perfect your routine as a classroom jokester
BY David Snyder
August 15, 2013

There’s a certain level of satisfaction in making a roomful of people crack up. And, as a career class clown, it’s one I’ve experienced time and time again. My peak came during freshman year of college, when a quick-witted response to a question led to my 250-student economics lecture erupting in laughter. (The professor was CONTINUE »

Prepping for our polyglot future, language education keeps pace with the times
BY Amy Landsman
August 15, 2013

After a month in Israel this summer, David Gevarter arrived home with a suitcase full of laundry and a much better grasp of Hebrew. “I learned a lot of words that I wouldn’t have retained had I just read them from a dictionary — words that came in handy reading the signs,” says Gervarter, a CONTINUE »

Kids need a lot, so why do they get so little?
BY Amy Landsman
August 15, 2013

There have been times that teacher Joel Monroe has resorted to dropping a stack of books next to the desk of a sleeping student. Monroe, chairman of the history department at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, doesn’t do it because he’s a mean guy. It’s just that sometimes he has to resort to drastic measures CONTINUE »

What happens when Orthodox kids choose public school?
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 15, 2013

“My son is happy for the first time in years — and engaged and intellectually stimulated.” That is a message that Aleeza Oshry wants parents to hear. Oshry moved her son, Yitzchak, 14, to Baltimore Polytechnic Institute’s Ingenuity Project for the 2012-2013 school year. She says for the past decade she has been struggling to CONTINUE »