What It's All About
Key to the process will be aiding
teachers in assessing the needs of their class as a whole, as well as
individual students. Tools for Torah
will also provide the support for meeting these needs by providing resources as
well as opportunities for mentorship and collaboration.
Via the World Wide Web, teachers
will access a unique, easily customizable resource that will help them
efficiently generate all the tools and materials needed to assess
their classes and tailor their Torah teaching to the varying skills
and interests of their students. Based on the teacher's input, the teacher
will be guided to recommended activities, available on the site for download in
print, audio, video, SmartBoard and computer applications. These materials and
activities will be created by the Tools
for Torah team. Teachers will then customize their online lesson
plans, with the options to store their lesson plans online, and with the
ability to modify as needed. These plans will be also shared online, for the
benefit of other teachers.
The incorporation of a Learning
Management System will help keep track of both the teacher's chosen
curriculum and the children's progress to ensure that goals are
adequately achieved. Teachers will be able to assess the students' progress and
generate individualized reviews and tests for the students, based on their
profiles. Students will login for their individualized, saved
profiles, and the program will monitor and provide reinforcement tools
to improve their knowledge and skill development.
Tap into the
World Of Teachers
Teachers from all over the world
will be encouraged to contribute materials to the site (with
compensation for their contributions). Submitted materials will be carefully
evaluated, and high caliber submissions will be indexed and added to the site.
Recordings of the Chumash and
Rashi in the original Hebrew and translated into English will also the
available on the site, as well as other independent study resources. Videos
of teachers teaching master lessons will be available for online viewing. Live,
teaching seminars from expert educators will frequent the site, along with
the teachers’ comments and discussion forum.
As a virtual Community of
Practice, Tools for Torah will
breathe new life into Jewish Studies classroom everywhere. Tapping into the
knowledge and creativity of hundreds of other instructors, teachers will
enhance their Chumash classes through fun games, exciting collaborative
learning, thought-provoking discussion starters and innovative technology. Our online
discussion boards covering a wide range of educational tips and topics from
teachers' input and experience will also be invaluable to the Torah teacher.
Torah will also
offer customizable printed versions of its quality materials for
schools and teachers to tailor to each class’ interest, along with the
school name. Teachers will choose from the online teaching aids and materials, for
Tools for Torah to print.