Keeping It Real: Integrating School With Life
At Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School, the content in our curriculum has to pass the test of relevance. With anything we teach, we have to be able to answer on behalf of our students the question: “What does this have to do with me?”
In a unit on Forces, our Grade 3 students are invited to look at the role of direct forces in their lives through hands-on activities such as bowling or a tug of war. Next, students study the indirect force that advertisements can exert on children, and that children can exert on their parents as they beg them to buy things they’ve seen advertised.
At Paul Penna DJDS, we are committed to “keeping it real”, to making our education relevant. Our underlying goal is to support our students’ efforts to master the challenges and to harness the opportunities they encounter in their everyday lives.
This is how we ensure that our teaching will transcend the boundaries of the classroom and will guide and support our students long into the future.