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8 Great Benefits of Project-Based Learning

Certain aspects of a strong, well-rounded education will never change. For instance, strong communication and partnership between teachers and parents will always play a central role in student success.  Best practices of instruction continue to evolve as educators learn more about cognition, student motivation, and the skills 21st century learners need to succeed. Project-Based Learning […]

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Let’s Talk: Helping our kids manage overwhelming feelings in difficult times

By Jodi Woodnick, School Counselor As we process the world around us, we collectively grieve. We grieve for lost months of school, graduations, sports seasons, and summers at camp, not to mention losses of life and expressions of sadness and anger all around us. And with grief comes a range of emotions from sadness to […]

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How Pardes Students Are Being the Change

When you think about your child’s education, what is the end goal? Is it to succeed in college and ultimately attain a desired career? Or is there something more you want for them…perhaps, a learning experience that emphasizes their potential to do more than just achieve good grades?  At Pardes Jewish Day School, students learn […]

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Lower School Virtual Recess Provides Additional Social Connections

by Jodi Woodnick, School Counselor Since the start of remote learning, Pardes has offered “Virtual Recess” for our Lower School students as part of their remote learning experience. Virtual Recess has provided opportunities for students to get together socially twice a week for 30 minutes or so. Together we play games, check in on our […]

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The Power of Workshop in our Older Grades – Reflections from a Middle School Teacher

by Sara Abrams, Sixth Grade Humanities Teacher When the announcement finally came in, a phone call from a colleague, “We’re closing the campus and are going to be enacting our remote learning plan,” my heart collapsed.  So much of who I am is entrenched in my classroom, with my students, amongst my colleagues. I prepared […]

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The Power of Workshop at the Youngest Grades – Reflections from a Lower School Teacher

by Addi Fraser, Kindergarten Teacher As I looked around my classroom, I saw writers passionately pouring their ideas onto paper, editing with intensity, and independently engaging in the writing process. These authors were not in middle school, they’re actually kindergartners. Kindergartners who love writing and beg to write everyday because of the incredible power of […]

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Professional Development during Remote Learning

May 5, 2020 – Pardes has always recognized the importance of professional development opportunities for faculty and staff and encouraged their participation at national conferences, summer institutes and other programs. Professional development enables teachers to explore best practices in education and continue to hone their craft in an ever-changing educational landscape. One might think that […]

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Socializing in the time of Social Distancing

My role as our Pardes Jewish Day School Counselor is relatively straightforward… I am here to help everyone interact with each other and the world as easily and with as much joy as possible. As I adjust to our new (and don’t forget, temporary) normal, I realize that the nature and quality of those interactions […]

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Happy National School Counseling Week! Get to Know our School Counselor

The week of February 3 – February 7, 2020 is National School Counseling Week.  Pardes Jewish Day School recognizes the importance of having a full-time school counselor on campus and the many benefits it provides our students, faculty and parents at all grade levels. Jodi Woodnick is a licensed social worker who has been working […]

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