Welcome to BJEC’s Annual Teachers’ Conference workshops for 2018!

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Session 2 in English – Samantha Waks, Cassandra Ricafort & Joanne Druker

October 22, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:45 am

Workshop Code: #TT2
Room: 276

Part a. How to recognize what’s really important in the classroom

Samantha Waks, Teacher, Hebrew Foundation School

As the individual needs of students become more challenging, so does classroom management. Teaching is about much more than course content and curriculum and based on experience, I have found that the key to classroom management is consistency and creating a personal bond with your students.

Getting to know each student and making sure they know that I am dedicated to helping and supporting them, with both academic and personal issues, is what made classroom management easy in my classes. I believe the support my students feel from me as a teacher not only makes them more comfortable, but also motivates them to do their best. Encouraging classroom relationships based on trust, co-operation and mutual respect, in turn, helps cultivate an orderly, respectful environment in which to learn. My discussion will center on strategies that I have implemented in my classroom that have shown a positive impact in terms of classroom management and relationship building.

Part b. How to keep the library relevant

Cassandra Ricafort, Head librarian, Azrieli Herzliah High School

In order to stay relevant, libraries need to evolve from purely transactional spaces to flexible ones. Although the library as the traditional information hub is still important, there is now a need for libraries to become “the third place.” To do this, the Herzliah library implemented many changes, including the introduction of Makerspace activities, increasing its information literacy services, and adapting its animations and reader’s advisory services to reflect new trends. This session will be most useful for librarians looking to implement their own changes, as well as teachers looking to find new ways to collaborate with their school libraries.

Part c. How to use FlipGrid and Padlet in the classroom

Joanne Druker, Teacher, Hebrew Academy

I’m going to share with you how I introduced authentic technology such as Flipgrid and Padlet into my classroom. The challenge was to learn to use the technology, determine the best applications for this technology within the classroom setting, and ensure that all the students would have access and be able to manipulate the application. The response from the students was overwhelmingly positive and they enjoyed using it immensely. These types of technology can be used across the curriculum in all languages.


Samantha graduated from McGill University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Jewish Teacher Training. She was awarded the Brenda and Samuel Gewurz Award for Excellence in Jewish Education in 2015, the Jack Schoel Scholarship by the Faculty of Education Committee, and an award of the merit for her field experience in both 2008 and 2011.

As a graduate of the Montreal Jewish day school system, Samantha developed her passion for Jewish education at a young age. Her goal is to share that passion and love of the Hebrew language and Judaism with her students in the hope that they will embrace it and appreciate it as much as she does. Through her own experiences as a student with learning disabilities, Samantha feels strongly about embracing her students’ strengths and weaknesses. She feels it is essential to focus on her students’strengths in order to build their self-esteem, which is just as important as their cognitive intelligence.

Cassandra graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Classics from Concordia University and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University. She worked as a librarian at the Family Resource Centre and at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and is currently the Head Librarian at Azrieli Herzliah High School.


Joanne is currently the head of the English Department at Hebrew Academy High School, with 27 years of elementary and high school teaching under her belt. She is passionate about curriculum development in reading, as well as oral and written expression. Joanne feels that combining English and current online technology, such as Flipgrid and Padlet, add depth and innovation to the English language program, as these apps allow the student to engage in an authentic and exciting way with their classmates and teachers.



October 22, 2018
9:30 am - 11:45 am
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High School – Secondaire
Elementary – Primaire