Becoming a Soulful Educator: How to Bring Jewish Learning from Our Minds, to Our Hearts, to Our Souls-and Into Our Lives

Becoming a Soulful Educator: How to Bring Jewish Learning from Our Minds, to Our Hearts, to Our Souls-and Into Our Lives


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Wake up, educators! Move beyond conveying information, beyond the classroom, to transforming the soul. Long description: The time has come for a new GPS in education. The goal is no longer to teach a good class, to convey information or even to have the students enjoy the learning. Soulful education is about enabling another—child, adolescent, adult—to discover how to become his or her best self through learning. In this bold revisioning of effective education, renowned educator Rabbi Aryeh Ben David recalibrates the focus of teaching from the acquisition of knowledge to the transformation of the soul. He presents six steps to help educators of all kinds teach to the heart, engage students in knowledge gathering without preaching or controlling, and enable students to authentically and personally integrate Jewish wisdom into their lives. He offers guidance for how teachers can share their own vulnerabilities and yearnings to become a better force of harmony to help students gain new clarity on their own infinite potential for positive change. This is the essential guidebook for everyone from educators and rabbis to parents and grandparents—anyone working in formal or informal education, whether for children, teens, emerging adults, adults or seniors.

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ISBN-13: 9781580238731
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/23/2016
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 479,437
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Rabbi Aryeh Ben David, a world-renowned educator, is committed to plucking the soul strings of teachers and students alike in order to transform how we learn and grow. He is the founder of Ayeka: Center for Soulful Jewish Education, which trains educators of all denominations, campus professionals, and staff of middle and high schools how to teach Jewish subjects with more soulfulness, personal meaning and impact on life. Formerly he was a senior faculty member and director of spiritual education at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. He has been the keynote speaker for national conferences of Reform, Conservative and Orthodox rabbis, and has served as the educational consultant for Hillel International for three years.

Dr. Erica Brown is an educator and author who consults for non-profits and currently serves as the community scholar for The Jewish Center in Manhattan. The recipient of a Covenant Award for her work in education, she is author of Inspired Jewish Leadership: Practical Approaches to Building Strong Communities, among other books.

Table of Contents

Who Is This Book For?
My Crisis as a Teacher
The Old GPS of Jewish Education: Knowledge and Continuity
The New GPS of Jewish Learning: "Becoming"—A Call to My Future Self
Asking the New Questions

Part 1: Laying the Foundation for Soulful Education 1
What Does It Mean to Be a Soulful Person?
What Does It Mean to Be a Soulful Teacher?
Creating Soulful Space
The Soulful Education Approach: Loving Our Students

Part 2: The Six Essential Steps of Soulful Education: Bringing Soulfulness into Everything You Teach
Step 1: Transitioning into the Class
Step 2: Introducing the Learning
Step 3: Mindful Engagement
Step 4: Heartful Engagement
Step 5: Summarizing the Learning
Step 6: Transitioning Out of the Class

Appendix: Ayeka-cizing Classes

About the Author

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