Getting With the Program

It was awesome! I am starting to use more technology for teaching.

I took my laptop to one of my schools today and showed the students some You Tube videos to demonstrate how violins are and guitars are made since we have been studying string instruments. The kids were fascinated! I think what was more fascinating was watching Yitzchak Perlman playing violin. The students watch a video playing a gig in Cracow. They could not believe how fast his fingers could move. I left with a good feeling that I can gain the interest of these middle schoolers. As many of us educators know, they can be a tough crowd to please! I ended the classes with the Maccabeats, an accapella group.

In another school we have been discussing how we can prepare ourselves to pray, and worthiness. This pertains to the line that comes immediately before the Amidah. My 6th graders and I had wonderful discussions.

I showed them a film on how a Torah is made which was followed by t’filin and mezuzah. Of course to make sure they pay attention, I told them they had to write facts of interest and/or questions. They did!! Some of the kids had full pages of notes, and several wrote some questions. It was awesome! I left that evening elated.

My adult class sounded stronger in their Hebrew reading this week. The class is a 15 week course and the first five are free. It will be interesting next week to see how many sign up for the rest of the course. I love all the students. The dynamics are great and we have a good time learning.

All Thanksgiving business is taken care of and Chanukah show preparations are going well.

Gettin’ ready for a Hodu Tot Shabbat in November. I will be teaching the children songs about giving thanks for this fun evening. Details to come.

A good week of teaching and a productive week.

About cantorrisa

I am a Cantor, Judaic Studies, and music teacher. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, and help people from young to old love being Jewish. I teach and sing in several synagogues and schools in the area. I officiate all life cycle events and teach students, children and adults, privately for their b'nai mitzvah ceremonies. I also enjoy studying Bible with all faiths either individually or in small groups (chevruta). I conduct Shabbat and High Holiday Services at K'hilat Bayt Shira and Senior Communities in the area. In my spare time, I teach key board and guitar. I am married to a wonderful man, have two children and six grandchildren. My hobbies are writing, playing and listening to music, learning, reading, crocheting and knitting.
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