The answer? Very. Educational research studies have repeatedly shown that the most important school-related factor influencing the achievement of students is the teacher. Great teachers help to create excellent learners. So, investing in teacher development is crucial to the success of our students. Our commitment to continued professional learning helps build the confidence and credibility of … Continue reading How Important is Professional Development in Schools?
Many parents come to see me at this time of the year. I smile to myself as they share their hopes, their theories and implore me to help them create a perfect world for their child. I take the time to hear what they have to say because I respect parents who advocate for their … Continue reading You are the champions, my friends…
I recently farewelled 17 Year 10 students participating in the Na’aleh program in Jerusalem. They will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Jewish learning for two weeks before heading off to Poland to meet the rest of the IST group. Just before departing, I noticed there were parents telling their children to make the … Continue reading Communicating with adolescents (Part 2 of Adolescents and Peer Pressure)
Peers play a significant role in the social and emotional development of children. This influence increases throughout the teenage years as children become more independent. The impact of a peer group can be positive and supportive or very problematic. I was prompted to write on this topic following a conversation with a Year 8 boy … Continue reading Adolescents and Peer Pressure
There is something pretty unique about our Moriah community. Every day, a star is born at our school. I am not just talking about the children who are able to score a goal, sing a duet, perform a grand jeté, debate the complexities of the Middle East, receive an ATAR score of 99.9, or run … Continue reading Our Children Shine Brightly