Caffeine and Jewish Learning just go together


Greetings from sunny (?) Burlington, Vermont! Today was the first full day of the annual CAJE (Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Educators) Conference and it was an action packed day. So action packed that I’ve run out of steam to describe some of the amazing and invigorating (for a wary Jewish educator) sessions that I attended. It’s now 12:15am and I intend to get more sleep than I had last night. So here is a brief list of sessions and I’ll get to the details tomorrow…after some of the excellent Green Mountain coffee they serve here (it’s also a blog about coffee!!):

Morning: A full morning learning about the most important aspect of Jewish education for today and the future: Family Education. More specifically, how to engage and energize Jewish teens and their parents, to create strong family bonds even though teens and their parents are often on different planets. More about this over the next few days.

Afternoon: I’ve learned to become a techno-geek! Actually, I learned how to create a blog under the terrific tutelage of Deborah Harris¬†who is teaching oldies actually that’s anyone over 35) to love today’s technology and apply it to Jewish education and the students we want to reach. And for that matter, their parents too. We learned that a great way for teachers to showcase their student’s classroom work is on their own class blog. An idea I’m going to encourage our teachers to apply this year. We’re also going to begin blogs and wikis in our Media Center with our classes as well.

Well….that’s it for tonight. Got to get some sleep for another long but amazing day tomorrow.

August 12, 2008 Posted by | CAJE, coffee | , , | 1 Comment