Post B’nei Mitzvah students in 8th grade are encouraged to participate in training to become a classroom aide, in addition to their twice-monthly class sessions. At the end of this year-long training program, high school students can apply for a Teacher’s Aide position in our Religious School. The Madrichim program meets on Sundays when the eighth grade class is not in session.
The training is based on The Madrichim Manual: Six Steps to becoming a Jewish Role Model, by Lisa Bob Howard, and includes instruction time, observations, and hands-on experiences in the classroom.
Introduction to the Madrichim program – Expectations and Responsibilities
- Who can become a Madrich/Madrichah?
- Why do we need Madrichim?
- When do we meet?
- For how long?
Unit One – What are Madrichim?
- Define at least two roles of Madrichim.
- Identify some of your own strengths.
- How your skills can interest and enrich students’ experiences.
- Explain how the importance of education is rooted in Biblical tradition.
Unit Two – Leadership Skills
- List three qualities of a leader.
- The importance of supporting the teacher and the students.
- List ways to motivate students and gain respect.
- Identify when to ask a teacher for help.
- How did Moses serve as a model for leadership?
Unit Three – Delivering on Daily Responsibilities
- How to communicate with the teacher about expectations for the class.
- Three things you can do if you don’t have immediate assignments.
- Ways to read aloud or lead a game effectively.
- Create and teach a mini lesson.
Unit Four – Working with Small Groups and Individuals
- Three ways to encourage students to cooperate and participate when working in small groups.
- Give clear instructions to a group of students.
- Three strategies for effective tutoring.
Unit Five – How Students Learn
- Different style learners.
- Some characteristics of age groups.
- Different kinds of intelligence.
- Create a mini lesson involving different intelligence and learning styles.
Unit Six – Working with Students with Disabilities
- What is ADHD?
- List three techniques for helping students with ADHD
- Explain how can stumbling blocks be removed from mainstream classrooms.
- Ways to participate in the students’ education
- Lead by example
- Develop Jewish Identities
- Communicate effectively and proactive steps to improve classroom environment
- Encourage students to personal best