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Starting at the Beginning: Basic Pedagogic Skills for Novice Religious School Teachers

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education

Author(s): Diane Zimmerman

Series: Jewish Education News, Summer 2006

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Education (Education personnel and population)
Education (Teaching methods)

Keywords: Educators; Part-time (Supplementary) Schools; Professional Development; Mentoring

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author presents the results of two surveys conducted to help determine the basic skills needed by an avocational religious school teacher. Skills found to be lacking include classroom management, lesson planning, teaching strategies, and assessment. Mentoring is suggested as a tool for developing avocational teacher's basic pedagogic skills.