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  • Where Did He Think It Was Headed? The Importance of  Teaching Second-Level Thinking To Our Children  Written By: Cookie Schwaeber-Issan The familiar story of Esau selling his birthright to his brother Jacob is still relevant today as it relates to second-level thinking. As the story goes, Esau is outraged and even taken by surprise when he learns that his father Isaac has already given “the ...
  • Can Assessments Motivate By: Richard L. Curwin A child is attempting to ride a bicycle, and the bike falls over. Another child, learning to walk, loses her balance and lands on her bottom. A baby’s green peas slide off his spoon as he moves it toward his mouth. How do their parents respond? Good parents don’t say, “You fail; you’re ...
  • Making the Home a Place Where Homework Gets Completed By: Doctor Richard Curwin Conditions at home can also have a powerful effect on whether or not homework gets done. We all know that the main resistance when it comes to doing something we’d rather not do is mostly simply in getting started. Once we start, we usually finish or at least get most of it ...
  • How to Make Consequences Work By: Dr. Richard Curwin Along with Dr. Allen N. Mendler, my close friend and co-author of several books, I have spent a great deal of time promoting the use of consequences over punishments. We define a punishment as what is done to us (detentions, suspensions, checkmarks on public boards, calls home), and a consequence as what ...
  • Who’s Gifted? Written By: Joy Urbach The truth is, we all (or almost all of us) believe our child or children are gifted.  Consequently, we all want our children to be given the best possible education, that is appropriate for them. It is often easy to recognize when our child needs special help, especially if they personally struggle in ...
  • The Prayer of Blessing By:  Katya Morrison Many of us have been given the blessing of children.  This blessing may have come by way of actually having birthed children or it may be that we have grandchildren, nephews and nieces, or children of dear friends that have been placed in our lives.  There are also other ways to inherit children.  ...
  • ISRAEL REPORT: THERE WILL BE A 12,000 TEACHER SHORTAGE Written By:  Cookie Schwaeber-Issan A recent article in the Jerusalem Post stated that a shortage of 12,000 high school teachers will happen by the year 2019, according to projections released by the Central Bureau of Statistics.  This will include math, English, biology, physics and chemistry  teachers.  At the same time that this is happening, the report ...
  • The Importance of Reading to Your Child By:  Cookie Schwaeber-Issan Recently, the Israeli newspaper, the Jerusalem Post reported that “1 in 4 kids go to bed without a story.” A survey seemed to indicate that children preferred games or television to books. Although 50% of Israeli parents do read a story to their children each day, about a third of Israeli parents only read ...
  • No Anger Spoken Here By Cookie Schwaeber-Issan, Principal, Makor HaTikvah   I still remember the words of my school principal in the days when I was a young teacher just starting out.  She asked, “When do people usually yell?”  Even before I could answer, she said, “When they think they are not being heard and when they feel as if ...
  • Kids Need to Look Beyond Themselves Kids Need to Look Beyond Themselves   It seems that even today’s kids are not immune to the very same exterior worldly influences which daily prey on each one of us.  At every turn, we are constantly bombarded by media messages which promote “self” in every conceivable manner.  We are told to be the best, look the ...

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