I have had the pleasure of teaching Gemara in a yeshiva high school for the past ten years. Each year, I struggle to ensure that I teach my students the depth of each topic, focus on helping them develop textual skills, as well as cover ground. These are not easily achievable goals. I find myself reflecting in the last third of each year, trying to determine if I have reached my goals. Over time
A question that seems to always surface both internally and with other educators is: “what exactly is the role of a Jewish educator outside of the classroom and more importantly outside of school?” It is very obvious that effective teachers play a vital role in the classroom.