Havruta in the Classroom: Using an Ancient Technique to Enrich Contemporary Learning (3rd- 12th grades)

In educational theory, the ideal 21st century classroom is filled with creative and collaborative activities in which students work together to create meaning for the group and for themselves. Traditional Havruta study, which has existed since at least the 6th century CE, facilitates our contemporary learning priorities.

Havruta study is a teaching technique that is ready-made to enrich supplementary school learning today. Students work with partners to carefully explore the meaning of a text, reflecting upon the author’s context and intent as well as each partners’ perspective and life experience. The richness and relevance of Jewish texts becomes uniquely vivid through this creative process. We will identify core characteristics of havruta learning, a range of implementation strategies, and a variety of print and digital media text sources and create learning activities to share with our students based on our work together.

No prior experience with text study or Hebrew is necessary. The instructor will facilitate the partner-finding process during the first week of the course. We will also provide technology tool options to make synchronous and/or asynchronous havruta study viable. Since you will be asked to study a text with a classmate each week, consistent participation will be imperative.

Semester Information: 
Begins June 18