In Israel, a new five month scholarship program being offered to young aspiring athletes – one of them could be you.
Imagine, sitting through nine classes each day, not understanding the material being taught, and failing many subjects. This would be a terrible school experience.
Put yourself in the mind of an unsuccessful student – every day you dread school, knowing all you will do is sit there staring blankly at the teacher, not comprehending what is being said.
I believe that a possible solution to this problem is to have other activities outside of the classroom that students will enjoy and excel in. There have been numerous studies done by psychologists to prove the following hypothesis: Extracurricular activities stimulate the brain thereby enhancing classroom learning. Bais Yaakov schools should have sports teams, such as basketball or tennis, in addition to music, home economics and the like. Having these activities will allow the less than average student to gain self-confidence and self-esteem which will effect her classroom performance.
Failing students may feel helpless and be depressed, and may even begin to hate themselves for always doing so poorly. Many of these students lack the self-confidence they need to do better.
These activates would also be appreciated by the “A” students. Having exciting activities on a regular basis releases stress from the brain, and making it easier to concentrate in a classroom setting. In a study done by the USDE, it was revealed that students who participate in extracurricular activities are three times more likely to have a grade point average of a 3.0 or higher. This is regardless of their previous background or achievement. Students that participate in extracurricular activities also showed positive changes in their self-confidence and teacher perception.
Do want your children to dread going to school every day? Do you want them to hate school because they are struggling with understanding what they are learning? In order to prevent these students from feeling bad about themselves, convince your child’s school to increase the amount of weekly extracurricular activities they offer.
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Leah Katz, a TeenZone camper at Oorah’s TheZone summer camp and an 11th grader at Midwood High School, read her winning essay about how TheZone changed her views on Judaism at the Jewish Heritage Awards Ceremony held at Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’s office in April. The purpose of the Jewish Heritage Essay Contest is to acquaint public school students with Jewish history and customs and to help foster a deeper understanding of Jewish culture. The contest is open to students of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Leah’s essay is reproduced in full below.
Moshe Sharett, the head of the Jewish Agency’s Political Department, visited Egypt in 1945. In Cairo he met a most remarkable young woman, a beautiful journalist who was the darling of Egyptian high society – from high-ranking military brass, to culture icons and Muslim sheikhs, to the court of King Faruk.
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There is always a lot of confusion surrounding sensory processing disorder – mainly because there are many different diagnoses that fall under the catch-all phrase sensory processing disorder (SPD). Among them are three specific subcategories:
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Jewish Press columnist Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, founder and president of Hineni, the international Torah outreach organization, recently addressed an overflowing audience at the Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine in southern California. Rebbetzin Jungreis’s address theme, “Making a Good Relationship Magical,” was apropos for the evening’s main mission: raising funds for the Irvine community’s mikveh.
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As I mentioned in my earlier articles about our family trip to Israel, our night flight went pretty smooth, thanks to my children’s willingness to sleep throughout the flight. I, on the other hand, didn’t sleep a wink and I wasn’t feeling too great by the time we landed. But we were finally in Israel, and just being in the beautifully renovated Ben Gurion airport and hearing all the Hebrew around us was exciting enough.
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Welcome back to “You’re Asking Me?” where we attempt to answer questions sent in by people who fortunately have fake names, so they won’t be embarrassed. I don’t know how they got through school, though.
Speechless wonder is the reaction to the beautiful vision seen though the Arch of the Keshet Cave at the Adamit Park in the Galilee. One of the most amazing natural wonders in Eretz Yisrael, the Me’arat Hakeshet — also known as the Rainbow Cave or Arch Cave — can be found up against the Israel-Lebanon border just a few kilometers from Rosh Hanikra and the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea. It is situated amid the wild scenery on the cliffs of Nachal Betzet and Nachal Namer, on the Adamit Ridge.
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