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Using the summer to create games for your class next semester

Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor, comedian, and producer once said;

Doing nothing is very hard to do... you never know when you're finished.”

Teachers and students alike anticipate the final day of the school year, for want of a special kind of ‘freedom’. Teachers and students alike have been bound up in an environment of rigid law enforcement, deadlines and examinations, so much so that both parties deserve a truly well earned period of relaxation.

Where the two groups separate is when it comes to preparing for next semester. For students this can mean some new uniform or stationary set that they ‘really need’, but for teachers next semester is always looming…Preparing displays, mid-term and long-term planning, the search for new and engaging resources are still there in the deep recesses of the mind.

Personal experience.

I taught for a number of years and I used to dread the summer break for two reasons. firstly , I’m the type of guy who needs deadlines and a schedule and secondly, I knew that at some point, like what I mentioned hitherto, I would need to look towards next semester.

Thankfully, like many teachers, I have a strong creative side and love(d) looking for new and innovative ways to jazz up the classroom.

During the summer break I would research two particular areas which I felt would certainly help the kids learn and me teach. One of those areas was classroom management and the other was in technology. (Interestingly, what I also discovered was that by integrating technology into class, it would strongly assist my class management.)

Ji Tap educational games are perfect for lesson starters and plenaries. Within 10 minutes I can produce a challenge game for any level or age range.

What are the teachers saying?

One school we have been working with, a real frontrunner in 21st century education, now has six staff members creating games on Ji Tap. Throughout the year these teachers have been creating content inline with their curriculum and engaging students with this new medium. A couple of their teachers in particular, are looking to use parts of their summer to create new material on Ji Tap for the school.

They have seen more pupils using Ji Tap for homework and “the lower ability children being able to access the curriculum at their own pace”.

For those creative Ivrit teachers, Ji Tap has added an all new collection ‘Pronouns’.

With this collection, teachers can create simple and effective games that help students retain these fundamental building blocks for Ivrit.

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Yael from Manchester (UK), an Ivrit teacher and another expert creator says “I really enjoy making learning games and can't wait to come up with ideas to enhance my lesson planning for the upcoming School year.”

The summer should be a time to relax and rejuvenate, but when the time comes to prepare for the year ahead, there is no need to fear Ji Tap is here. 

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Rabbi Johnny Solomon

Written by Rabbi Johnny Solomon

Rabbi Johnny Solomon is a passionate, reflective and energetic Jewish educator. He has a BSc (Hons) in Maths and Religious Studies, a teaching qualification from the University of Herfordshire and semicha from the Montefiore Kollel in London. While living in London, Johnny held numerous senior positions in Jewish education including Head of Jewish Studies at Immanuel College, Assistant Head at Naima Jewish Preparatory School, Team Leader at the Jewish Curriculum Partnership and Head of Jewish Studies at Hasmonean Girls’ School. In 2012 Johnny moved to Israel where he spends his time writing great Jewish educational content for Jewish Interactive, and teaching at post-high school seminaries.

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