its been great.
This is my last session with the Madrichim.
The congregation offered me an aliyah Shabbat morning.
Won't be able to take the honor, but what's the honor I take...
What did I learn:
1. The Torah of a life is essential text to be elevated, shared, and explored.
I just had a day of learning with my staff and I said
"If I were only able to have one tool as an educator it would be storytelling/listening."
Stories are the source
of values and knowledge.
2. Young people want to hear: You are seen, you are known, you are not alone
3. As a teacher I need to provide direction, see my outcomes, assess where I am going
and be flexible and adapt to what emerges.
4. We need more joy. Judaism is a window to more Joy.
5. Go to the energy. Energy, connections start small. Time, a little food, smiles, stories, shared experience, it grows. And you can't have deep or lasting anything without the connections.
What did students learn?
I'm going to use the survey I gave them earlier in the semester and see what happens.
I'll let you know. I really believe they deepened their connections to one another, to Judaism and shabbat as an oasis for the hectic confusion of daily life. we'll see