Grade 4 General Studies
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
Writing and reading have always been special interests of mine. Before I became a teacher, I was an editor and writer for a small magazine at an educational nonprofit organization.
I originally wanted to teach at Schechter because two of my three children were students here; my oldest son started kindergarten in Naomi Mintz’s class in 1993, and my daughter was even the B week baby that year! I wanted to be on the same schedule as my children, and it was a bonus that my work would enable me to observe the Jewish holidays. Once I started at Schechter, I came to really appreciate all of the benefits of the dual curriculum — two ways to do everything, a facility with two languages, critical thinking skills from kindergarten on, a shared body of knowledge and a common culture and values that can be drawn upon often and extensively in a general studies class. Of course, I also like to remind my students about diversity beyond Schechter. I love being in a Jewish environment with kids who love to learn and parents who support that.
From a very young age, Schechter students learn that there are at least two ways of doing everything — two ways of speaking, two ways of reading, two ways of writing — and at least two different teachers every day!
I want them to become more confident and more curious. I want them to really love learning for its own sake. And I want them to see that hard work really works.
We’ll be reading Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson, for the all-school read; and we’ll be tying it in to a new Civil Rights unit that we’re working on. Two field trips are also highlights of the year — our joint art and poetry trip with the 6th graders to the Museum of Fine Arts, and our trip to the JFK Library, which makes all of our primary source work really come alive.