Effective Learning Tool Typepad

Real live cases, with real live people. 

Yeshiva Students Learning Talmud

A new way of education…

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I help 7th and 8th graders, through high school, achieve their inner academic and social greatness. Taking them from the bottom 30 percent to the top 30 percent. Last week a boy came to speak to me. He was sent by his father, because he had no motivation to learn. He was getting 60s on…

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Stand for Talmud study (stender for gemara in Hebrew)

The way our ancestors learnt…

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The other day I met an 8th grade Rebbe, and we started speaking. When he asked me what I do, I told him. I am an Effective Learning Coach, for 7th , 8th grade, through high school. So he asked me what my method is based off of. I told him that parts of the method are based…

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Widening your options

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When the learner gets stuck, he says I don’t know. I don’t understand. This inner voice stops the learner from being able to think. It shuts off the learning engine. It turns off the “thinking cap”. Then “spacing out” kicks in. Just changing the wording to I don’t know yet, I don’t understand yet, keeps…

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Proud to get a 60

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The first thing I did on my first day on the job as a Rebbi for post high school, was reinstall test taking. Test taking is one of the most beneficial ways for a person to be able to “own” the information. To review it in a way that you can answer it later, is…

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Whose problem is it?

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A common question I need to ask when coaching someone is, who has the problem. Are you looking for change, or is someone else sending you to change, because they can’t deal with you? The other day, a certain friend I know from London asked me for a good therapist to go to. I asked…

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Curriculum

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Curriculum is good. It is good for schools. It is good for teachers who do not want to use their creative juices, but to work along some beaten path. But every good thing has some bad sides to it.  Even a beaten path can sometimes lose the adventurous intuitiveness, creativeness of the wilderness. Schools are…

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Hippopotomonstro-sesquippedaliophobia

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Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is one of the longest words in the dictionary — and, in an ironic twist, is the name for a fear of long words. Hippopoto – extra large. Monstro -scary. Sesquippedalio – long worded. Phobia – fear. Imagine that. I never knew that such a word could really exist. I never knew that such…

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Rabbi! Keep me motivated!!!

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Rabbi, can you tell me what I need in order for me to be motivated through seder? I come to Seder, I go through the motions, but with no motivation. What is the trick? This was asked to me by a 40 year old, Ultra Orthodox working man, who wanted to enjoy his learning more.…

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The guilt of the Rebbi

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Many Rebbeim were people who were once in Kollel. They once had high ambitions that they might one day become Gedolim. That they will be leaders of the Jewish People. That they might author some important Sefer. And then they could not stand the financial situation they were in… so they got a job in…

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Mastering Lashon Hakodesh

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R Noach Wienberg zt”l  lit Aish Hatorah because he could not bear seeing a spiritual holocaust in America.  R Yonason Rosenblum wrote, regarding R Noach’s passion, there is a spiritual Holocaust facing the Jewish people today no less devastating in its implications for the Am Hashem than the physical extermination of six million Jews in the Holocaust.…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 1

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What are the first steps in helping students with Lashon Hakodesh? Tool 1. If we teach Dikduk as dry Dikduk, it will never work. We need to teach it as modules. We need to teach it in a way that it can be understood, not just as a given. I highly recommend working with the…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 2

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So what types of modules are there? I ask the child(some of these are 60 year old children who were deprived from the language their whole life), what does the word Achal mean? And the child says Eating. Eat. And I throw up my hands and say (something I cannot do as a teacher in…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 3

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For proper learning, we need to tap into the inner drive of the one who is learning. What do the students want the most? They want to know what they are saying!!! They wish they knew what the words of Kriat Shema meant! ( For some reason, they don’t) They wish they knew what Birkat…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 4

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There are certain Dikduk mistakes that are very common among the American Orthodox. These are keys to the language. There is no reason why there is even one religious educator who does not know these rules. If we infuse these into children as they grow, they will not be dependent on Artscroll to connect and…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 5

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As stated in Tool no. 2, the whole language of Hebrew is built off of י- ה-ו-ה. היה- He was. I.e. Three letters is the root of verbs. Three letters is past tense. Three letters is male form. אכל- he ate. הלך- he went. ישב- he sat. הווה- He is.  Adding a ו , a…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 6

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I will give you a 1000$ if you can translate the word את for me. The word את has no meaning. It connects a verb to its subject. ואהבת את ה’ אלוקיך And you shall love Hashem your G-d. The subject of your love should be G-d. את  is like an arrow from א to…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 7

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I have found that many Americans get the words אל  and על confused. This is a very bad thing to confuse. Because if you mix those two up, you are mixing up ALOT  of other words as well. עלי אלי עליך אליך אליו עליו אליהם עליהם. So if you ask an American, what are the…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 8

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There is a cool rule in Lashon Hakodesh. The Vav Hahipuch. The Vav in the beginning of the word, that switches tenses. From past to future and from future to past. דברים פרק ו     וְאָ֣הַבְתָּ֔ אֵ֖ת יְקֹוָ֣ק אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ֥ וּבְכָל־ נַפְשְׁךָ֖ וּבְכָל־מְאֹדֶֽךָ: The word ואהבת. Let us strip the word from the end and…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 9

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There is a word that loves going incognito in Hebrew language. The word של.  Of. The words סוס פרעה mean The horse of Phraoah. Although their is no של there, we make it as if there is and it went into incognito mode. This happens whenever we have two nouns next to each other. This…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 10

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There is another incognito rule in the hebrew language. היה. Three letter word. So it is past tense. And it is male form… = He was. אמר. Three letter word. He said. אכל. He ate. One second. What about this three letter word. דברים פרק ו שְׁמַ֖ע יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל יְקֹוָ֥ק אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ יְקֹוָ֥ק׀ אֶחָֽד: Listen O Israel,…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 11

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There is a rule in Real Estate. Real estate is dependent on three factors. Location. Location. And Location. There are three factors to take into consideration in Lashon Hakodesh when adding on letters to the root word. The letter Vav when it is added on, can have different meanings, depending on where it is added…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 12

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There is no word in Hebrew for “it”. Instead, the word used is either He or She, הוא or היא. This can be annoying for someone who is an American Israeli. They can say, “I love learning Torah. She is so much fun to learn. ” In other words, since the Hebrew word of תורה…

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