Why We Need Passion-Based Learning in Jewish Education

Why We Need Passion-Based Learning in Jewish Education
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Tikvah Wiener

Co-Founder and Director | I.D.E.A. Schools Network; Chief Academic Officer, Magen David Yeshivah High School

How do we “teach a child according to his/her way”? Using the three P’s, Tikvah Wiener demonstrates how she is innovating learning through purpose, play, and passion. Wiener argues for a Jewis... See more

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Creating Innovators "

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World addresses these questions through in-depth profiles of young innovators and the adults who have made a difference in their lives, as well as vivid descriptions of innovation-driven classrooms and places of work. More than just a book about innovation, Creating Innovators is itself innovative.

Passion-Based Learning

There is lots of talk about the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) pipeline and all of its leaks. My personal mission is to fill the STEM pipeline with so many children that it bursts. To do this, STEM must be taught in an inspiring way.

Between Passion and Knowledge: Creating Space for Student Exploration and Growth

One of the goals of experiential Jewish education is to impact the formation of the Jewish Identities of our learners. By Kenny Pollack [This is the eighth in an annual series of articles written by participants and alumni of the YU Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education (EJE), highlighting EJE related ideas and practices.]


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Tikvah  Wiener, 

Co-Founder and Director | I.D.E.A. Schools Network; Chief Academic Officer, Magen David Yeshivah High School

Tikvah Wiener is currently Director of Educational Innovation and a teacher at The Frisch School in Paramus, NJ., and is Director of RealSchool, an inquiry-based, student-driven learning program. In RealSchool, students learn by doing, collaborating with peers to create events and projects they are passionate about and that will better the world. She also runs the Summer Sandbox, an opportunity for educators to play with passion and purpose, in order to create engaging and meaningful ways for students to learn. Wiener herself uses project-based (PBL) and inquiry-based learning (IBL) to teach her English and art history courses at Frisch. This year she piloted a SIM CITY class, where students imagine and create the kind of environment in which they would like to live. She is also working with the Frisch faculty to incorporate PBL into the overall curriculum. Previously, Weiner worked at Samuel H. Wang High School for Girls in Queens, NY. She holds an MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Queens College and is a graduate of Stern College.