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January 05, 1996 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-01-05

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Teaching
The Teachers

Throughout The Store

PHIL JACOBS EDITOR

Rob Nosanchuk has 240 Detroit
area high school students prepar-
ing, through classroom study, for
this summer's Agency for Jewish
Education Teen Miracle Mission.
While 18 teachers and rabbis
are instructing the students on
Israeli culture, Hebrew and his-
tory, someone has to teach the
teachers.
That's where AJE comes in
again. Mr. Nosanchuk, AJE's teen
mission educational coordinator,
is helping the teachers work with
an eight-subject looseleaf prepara-
tory course guide.
At sessions prior to this sum-
mer's trip, teachers will learn how
to work the guide. The course
guide includes sections such as
identity, society/culture, geogra-
phy, history, politics, religion and
Hebrew. Teachers are being
. taught everything from how to set
up classrooms to what kind of
posters to hang. On a recent Tues-
day evening session, a Hebrew in-
structor talked to the teachers
about how to inject basic language
skills into a class.
"We want everyone to under-
stand what we're doing here," Mr.
Nosanchuk said. "So we're rais-
ing issues with the teachers that
they can go over with the kids. We
want them to be able to under-
stand that many of the kids will
be asking, 'What's such a big deal
with Israel?' "
Many of the instructors corn-
ing in to the courses will be going
on the trip with the students. Sev-
eral instructors are rabbis, as well.
The Teen Mission students and
instructors will work together for
16 weeks in preparation for their
trip. What Mr. Nosanchuk doesn't
want is for the students to feel
they are coming to a more con-
ventional Hebrew school setting.
Because of the experiential na-
ture of going to Israel, getting
readyfor the trip calls for its own
classroom dynamics. That's why,
he said, there has to be a differ-
ent sort of excitement and pur-
pose to the course.
"As an instructor, you want to
learn ways to make something
fun and interesting," he said.
Mr. Nosanchuk said the teach-
ers will use forms of drama,
games, debate and conversation
in class. AjE's job, he continued,
is to help make the experience
more educationally worthwhile
for the students.
"The teachers," he said, "are
coming here because there's so
much we pulled together to give
them a sense of how to get the stu-
dents to get the most of the mis-
sion. I hope that at the end of all
of this, we learn that there's even
more that we could be doing.
"This is an exciting experi-
ment," Mr. Nosanchuk said. ❑

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