BPL is a cutting-edge educational approach that enables the teacher to customize the learning experience for each student. BPL responds to each student’s learning needs and encourages students to be reflective about - and take responsibility for - their learning. Learning with BPL is often marked by high student engagement, easy and effective classroom management, and increased student academic achievement. When applied to לימודי קודש, BPL can be a powerful tool for a rebbe or morah. As Mrs. Richmond told the teacher trainees, “חנוך לנער על פי דרכו. [BPL] is really about student path, pace, place, time: differentiated instruction according to the student, according to his דרך, according to the way that he needs it.”
Even before the school year began, Lomdei’s community of participating teachers, their administrators, and Lomdei’s instructional coaches have been preparing for the year of professional growth. Pre-service orientation meetings introduced the basic concepts of BPL and Lomdei’s unique approach to applying BPL in a frum environment. Meanwhile, Lomdei’s coaches trained in the latest research-based coaching methodologies.
Lomdei’s teachers have now begun their year of training and professional growth. They have already participated in the first two workshops to learn about BPL in theory and practice, and most will participate in an additional workshop in December. Geared specifically toward applying the methods of BPL in לימודי קודש classes, these workshops featured a wealth of resources and practical examples. In addition to formal training, each teacher meets regularly with an instructional coach who supports their growth as they implement a new educational methodology. Along their journey, Lomdei’s teachers have access to exclusive online resources for BPL specifically designed for לימודי קודש, and participate in ongoing discussion forums with Lomdei colleagues, coaches, and Mrs. Richmond.
Lomdei’s Professional Development is excited to contribute to the growth of its teacher trainees, as they design ever more engaging and responsive Torah-learning experiences for their students.