These and Those

Musings from Students of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem

Judy visits JDS

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Andrea Wiese

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From my blog:

I was lucky that my faculty check in during student teaching landed right in the middle of my student teaching. It is really easy to get overwhelmed (especially as a second year, in my case third) with teaching, but also interviewing and juggling life.

Not only was Judy a great observer and gave wonderful feedback after my lessons, she helped me focus and reminded me of my goals I had set for myself before leaving Pardes. Take risks, have fun, learn, experiment, take advantage of the fact that I have a (wonderful) veteran teaching watching my lessons, etc.

Judy and me in the CESJDS Rabbinics office!

Judy and me in the CESJDS Rabbinics office!

Judy’s visit was brief, and while she was at JDS she met with my mentor teacher, the Judaic studies department chair, the head of school, principal of the middle school, and of course, most of the time she was with me. Although I’m sure the interviewing process will only become more stressful, she really eased my anxiety and helped me re-focus.

Besides all the helpful things she did and the guidance she gave, it was simply wonderful to see a friendly loving face from Pardes. Can’t believe I’m at the half-way marker!