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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 By Dori Gerber ing on the cutting edge of contextual knowledge to Learning for all. units of Hebrew Day School education requiring them real problems faced in the study. to constantly update their real world, making them Linda Dombchik, director Long gone are the days methods to meet the needs think critically and on a oftechnologyandcurriculum, where learning in a class- oftheir students. Therefore, global level, presented this model to the room means lengthy lec- it comes as nosurprise that At HDS, each grade levelteachers during their pre- tures by a teacher followed they are eager to tackle the is planning a Challenge planningweekinmid-August. by page after page of drills latest educational learning Based Learning Unit during She was extremely pleased at in a textbook. In the Infor- method, Challenge Basedthis school year. Theschool the eagerness of the teachers mation Age, education has Learning, which has only is developing one in which to incorporate this model into taken a sharp turn away been presented at the high the students are posed atheir teaching. "Having our from the traditional model school level up to this point, problem, then through uti- teachersimplementChallenge and has headed straight for Challenge Based Learn- lizingavariety of resources Based Learning into their infusing technology and ing brings relevance toand participating in many curriculum is just another other modern methods into classwork. It combines the activities, the students will way that HDS continues to learning, best aspects of problem- generate solutions that will provide academic excellence At The Hebrew Day based learning and project- have effects on a globalto its students," she said. School, the teachers and based learning. It allows level. Eventually, the goal One Challenge Bas.ed staff are committed to stay- students to apply their. is to create Challenge Based Learning project is currently A group of third grade botanists prepare to begin their Challenge Based Learning activity of planting seeds. Their challenge is to develop a way to use plants to help the com- munity. Third graders Rebecca Fluke and Drew Miller make prepa- rations for their plant experiment. Zac Axel and Ellie Moreno use tools to compare and con- hast plants and rocks in the information ~athering stage of their project. taking place in Penny Gold's The third graders have third grade science class determined that the way they to complement the unit on will use plants to he p the plants. She has posed the community is to donate the following challenge to her food grown from the plants students: "Develop a way to to a local food bank. use plants to help our commu- The Hebrew Day School nity." While this project has still has limited spaces just begun, Gold can see the available for the upcoming excitement it is bringing out 2009-10 school year. For ofherstudents."Itisamazing more information or to ar- to watch these children take range a private tour, contact ownership of their learning Susan Cohen, director of and think of what impact it admissions, at 407-647- will have on the community 0713, or visit the school's rather than just learning the comprehensive website at information for a test." The last weekend of August many diverse Jewish oppor- marked the beginning of a tunities as possible in order new year for Florida BBYO. to have youth determine for The top leaders from the state themselveswhat being Jewish of Florida'met together with means on a personal level. In BBYO's International teen addition to Friday night ser- presidents, Adam Bloom and vices with the congregation, Emily Trotz, for a weekend of the teens came together for Judaism, leadership and net- a Saturday morning service working in Fort Lauderdale. and Havdallah service led by All eight of the North Flor- Miami Region's program as- ida regional board members sociate Alex Bolotovsky. participated in the weekend, One of the leadership ses- including six Orlando-area sionsfor theweekendfocused teens. The weekend included a on BBYO's strategicplans. The Shabbatcelebrationwithalocal teens broke up into regional Reconstructionist synagogue, boards and focused on creat- "I likedthe musicalcompo- ing goals and strategies that nent of the service," said Roy would best benefit their own Schneider, the regional vice region. Evan Ludin, regional president of membership. "It vice presidentofcommunica- was eye-opening to see how tion, said, "The session was using a different siddur and really helpful in pinpointing melodies could really shake what our goals for the year things up." are and also to see the big As a pluralistic movement, picture of how to implement BBYO strives to provide as our strategies." Rachel Woodard (vice president of communications) and Alana Brenner (vice president of programming) with the international teen president of BBG, Emily Trotz at a recent leadership weekend. As a youth led movement, exchanging and movement BBYO staffworks to empower building than ever before, teenswithleadershipdecisions, the weekend created an op- Today's teensare constantly portunity for the teen leaders engaged in online social of North Florida to meet in networking like Facebook, person and exchange ideas Twitter, and Instant Mes- with those fromMiami, Fort senger. While technology has Lauderdale and Boca Raton. opened the door for more idea In addition the International North Florida Regional Board 2009-2010, from left: Zak Seed, Alana Brenner, Ary Glasser, Marissa Kotzin, Rachel Woodard, Evan Ludin. Not pictured Roy Schneider and Marshall Finkelstein. presidents traveled from their the International board--will home states of Delaware and be able to help us make this Tennessee to Work with the an amazing year." regional boards. Marissa If you or a teen you know Kotzin, the North Florida are interested in participating Regional president, said, "It inaBBYOexperiencelikethis meant a lot to me that Emily one, please contact North could join US, I really feel like Florida Region BBYO at 407- she--along with the rest of 645-5933, ext. 29,2. al" Massin Samuel Cohen, son of Dawn and Joseph Cohen of Orlando, Fla., was called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Congregation Beth Emeth in Orlando. Massin is in the eighth grade at Lake Nona High School. His hobbies and interests include swim- ming, surfing, going to the water parks, camp- ing, Boy Scouts, working on the computer, playing video games and taking care of his' dog, bird and three ducks. Sharing in the family's simcha was his sister, Morgyn; brother, Haydn; grandparents, Arlene and Charles Harris from Orlando and Anna and Jack Cohen from Memphis, Tenn.; and aunts, uncles and cousins from Arizona, California, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Florida. . On Sunday/Oct. 25 a corn- "Failure to plan is planning of attorney)' She'll review this andBryanSchulmanofEdward munity workshop will prepare to fail," says panel member and other health related legal Jones. adult children to take on the and attorney Debra Simms, documentsrequiredforeffective Illustrating financial plan- increasing levels of responsibil- P.A. With a master's in social planning, including advanced ning with his cow prop, Schul- ityforcareanddecisionmaking administration and five years directives and living wills, man is both educational and for their parents' third stage of of experience as a social worker, "If we don't communicatememorable. Financial advisor life. Hon )r Your Father and Simmsisinauniquepositionto our end of life choices, some- Bryan N. Schulman will speak Mother Without Losing Your speak to attendees and address body else may make them for to the monetary concerns of MindissponsoredbytheJewish 'Isn't it time we talked about it ; us, and it may end up being a the elderly and how to deal with Pavilion and is a complement the'discussi°nparentsandtheir judge;" says Simms. "In order changing economic times."Fi- to the Pavilions "Honor they adult children need to have so to have self determination we nancial plans are dynamic, not Father & Mother"tribute book. parents can communicate their have to have three legal docu- static," says Schulman. Theconferenceisnoonto4p.m. end of life choices. Both parents mentsinplace, Ifyoudon'thave Organizers say Kurland's at the JCC Maitland campus, andtheiradultchildrencanthen a durable power of attorney, expertise in long term care Conference organizers say prepare, legallyand financially. " someone in the family would insurance is a valuable asset to this educational conference is "Taking steps today and have to file an application to be the panel, and he can speak to the 'how to' of caring for your planning for the future cansave aguardian, hireanattorneyand issues of asset protection. parents, you time and money tomorrow, file several petitions. The legal Eventphnnerssay,".Remem- "PlanningfortheThirdStage With over 20 years of legal ex- process can be cumbersome ber Debra Simms advice, 'Fail- of Life," a panel discussion at perience, helping families, I've and expensive with several ure to plan is. Planning to fail,' this event, delves into the legal seen the benefits of preventive hearingsandtherequiredpanel andplantocometothisvaluable and financial plans parents and law, time and time again," says of three doctors." session of the conference." children can make today to Simms."Oneofthemostimpor- Also on the panel will be For more information con- better prepare themselves for tant documents to have while Steve Kurland of New England tact Joy Clark at 407-678-9363 the future, you are alive is a durable power Financial a Metlife Company orjbyclark@jeu 'i