Morah Cheryl’s Blog

Cheryl Maayan I see myself as the guardian of each student’s childhood, and am committed to filling their days with learning that is significant and meaningful. How do we do that at Mirowitz? Check back here weekly for a window into our school. I will post here on topics ranging academic excellence, meaningful Jewish learning and empowering children to make a difference.

– Cheryl Maayan

Simchat Torah and The First Read Aloud

andrea Curriculum

At Mirowitz, our students appreciate the opportunity to sink back into a beanbag chair and enjoy a delicious read-aloud. Little do they know that the read-aloud is not the creation of modern literacy educators, but of our ancestor, Ezra, who …

What will be YOUR Tekiah Gedolah?

andrea Curriculum

The students of Mirowitz and I challenge you! During the ten Days of Awe, beginning on Rosh HaShanah and ending with the tekiah gedolah that brings Yom Kippur to a close, we want you to ponder this question: What is …

Constructing Knowledge

andrea Curriculum

It’s all over the news and the reason our legislators are taking a hard look at the state of our education program. Teaching to the test just doesn’t work. It results in unsatisfied teachers and a narrow curriculum…and rarely higher …

Butterfly Blessings

andrea Curriculum

THE LESSONS IN BUTTERFLY BLESSINGS I learned a few simple lessons from the blessings of second graders this Tuesday. The students witnessed the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies these past few weeks. They observed, collected data and became intrigued by their …

THE MEANING BEHIND THE WORDS

andrea Curriculum

(Watch the siddur ceremony here!)        When you are reciting Mah Tovu, theBarechu or even theShema, what do you think about? Do you say the words without really knowing their intention? If so, you likely have much in common with the …

EXPLANATIONS THAT STRENGTHEN IDENTITY

andrea Curriculum

Have you ever felt like a fish who jumped out of the water so you could describe water to a human? Our middle school students had the opportunity to do something similar yesterday: explain what it means to be Jewish …

Strangers in the land of Egypt…

andrea Curriculum

You were strangers in the land of Egypt… Lessons about Passover have been rich and deep this past month. Mirowitz students have become intimate with the hagaddah, Pesach songs and blessings. And they know that Passover is more than a …

What’s Jewish about Science?

andrea Curriculum, Jewish Learning

What’s Jewish about Science? I chanced upon a group of environmental engineers in fourth grade this week. They were working in pairs, designing compost bins and discussing the efficacy of various materials, design shape and access points to turning the …

Educating “Generation Swipe”

andrea Curriculum

Educating “Generation Swipe” Our students are the first generation to live their entire lives in a digital world. In fact, they are being called “Generation Swipe,” having been born after the iphone and ipad taught humanity to swipe for a …

A View from the Balcony

andrea Curriculum

A VIEW FROM THE BALCONY Jewish life allows us to carve out time, to take a break from our frenetic lives, and to take a view from the balcony. We gather with our families, bring in the light of Shabbat, …