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LBL: Lens Based Learning
Lens Based Learning
Before I decide to include something
in a curriculum, I ask:
Is this material Interesting?
Is this material Intelligent?
Is this material Relevant?
Most of us, Most of the Time: Interesting, Intelligent, and Relevant
Our batting average?
The big question is not about how to make it relevant.

The big question is:
How to TEACH students how to make it relevant FOR THEMSELVES.
beyond this...
How to make this replicable. Said otherwise....
How to teach students to become Meaning Makers.
One approach: start with the details, derive big principles.
Another approach: start with the big picture.
Not just a big picture...THE big picture. The biggest picture possible.
Let's practice.
3 Thematic Lenses...
1. Revealing and Concealing.
2. Power vs. No Power
3. Creation and Destruction
Start with...

1. Revealing and Concealing.
This is the simple level. There's also the complex level.
Lens Two: Power and Power Imbalance
Power / Power Imbalance Questions:

Think of a situation when the person who seems NOT to be in power actually HAS the power?

Think of a situation when the people who seems to HAVE the power actually have NO power?
The third lens...
1. What is Creation?

2. What is Destruction?

3. When does an act of Destruction LOOK like Creation?

When does an act of Creation LOOK like Destruction?
Now, let's practice applying these 3 lenses to 2 familiar stories...
1. Revealing and Concealing
2. Creation and Destruction
3. Power and Power Imbalance
Creation and Destruction
The history of LBL
Your Task: Now that you've observed the text through a thematic

Can you turn your observation into a general statement (i.e. about the
world or about life?)

Hint: Start with the words "Sometimes in life..."
Your task:
1. Choose a familiar tanach text.
2. Reread it to refresh your memory.
3. Scan the Lenses, and see if any of them are applicable: at the simple or complex level
4. Write down notes: "When Avraham conceals that Sarah is his wife, he reveals to us..."

20 mins. (then we share)
next steps in the classroom:

1. test your theory - text to text
2. test your theory - text to world
3. explore your theory - midrash/art/prose
LBL helps me see the texts in a much different way. I see the Bible with fresh vision. -Micah, Junior at JCHS
1. Raw Material
2. Espresso Shot

By Evan Wolkenstein
Loyalty and Betrayal

Q: A friend tells you she has a problem
with shoplifting. She can't stop. She forbids you
to tell anyone. You decide to tell her father, whom
you have a good rapport with. In this case study, how are Loyalty and Betrayal related?

Self = you.
Other = not you.
When is Family "Self?"
When is Family "Other?"

If you were a teacher and
a student cheated on a final - would
you punish him or her?

Why might NOT punishing a student
The news is not all bad.

Yes, we are making our way through another drought of a winter in Israel (our 7th year in a row), and the latest political machinations will lead us who-knows-where. But that's the macro; sometimes one needs to focus on the micro.

Above and beyond our large number of Year Program students, the Pardes Beit Midrash is filled with the buzz of Torah learning from adult learners from all over Jerusalem.

Our Community Education classes are larger than ever, featuring courses in Bible, Midrash, Siddur, and Jewish Thought, and a very popular "Tour with Text" course that is focusing on the Biblical characters Saul, Jereboam, and Ezra.
. I just wanted to follow up because my micro-reality has shifted dramatically, even though my macro-thinking has not at all.

Tim wants to ask Trixi
to prom. His heart is pounding. What
is he experiencing?

You are about to meet your most
favorite musician or athlete. You wait and
wait...and finally, he says, "Wassup." You open
your mouth. Nothing comes out. What happend?

A couple is standing
under the Chuppah
to get married. They
are are alternatingly smiling
and looking pale - freaking
out. What are they feeling?

Anchor Work: Listen to this clip, focusing
on the Shabbos Dinner scene.

How does "Bubbe" represent the
Power / No Power Paradox?

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