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

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Bienvenue aux ateliers du congrès annuel des enseignants du CBEJ!

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Session 8 in English – SESSION CANCELLED

October 22, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop Code: #TT8
Room: 210

Part a. How to get your class to run itself with self-paced learning

Lauren Thurber & Sheri Gray, Teachers, Hebrew Academy

Digital self-paced learning is a great approach to differentiate your class and allow your students to master skills at their own pace. In this workshop we will outline the fundamentals of creating a self-paced math unit, including how to blend technology with the classroom set-up so students can progress independently at their own rate. As well, we will discuss how to integrate student self-assessment and reflection for increased student ownership of learning. Get ready for your students to look forward to learning and for your class to run itself!

Part b. How to address Israel advocacy

Jeff Bicher, Advocacy Education Consultant, Azrieli Herzliah High School and Bialik High School

In essence, Israel and my mother are the same. I love them both and I don’t always agree with them. In this discussion I will answer the following questions:

  • Why Judaism AND democracy are required for Israel;
  • Why Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) has nothing to do with Israel; and
  • Who are we trying to convince?

Part c. Using art to develop cognitive flexibility and other executive functions

Ariel Obadia, Teacher, Belz Girls School

Having used various art mediums in the classroom and in individual contexts, I have observed that as many students get older, they get more self-conscious, self-critical and take fewer risks. Mediums such as painting, pastels and clay have an inherently malleable and organic aspect to them. Using these mediums can help mirror children’s own processes and allow for greater cognitive flexibility in how they perceive their work, how they handle their “mistakes” and how they understand and accept their overall processes. Through this exploration in art, students are made aware of healthy self-talk, emotional regulation, planning and task initiation, which can then be transferred to other contexts and classroom settings.


 Lauren Thurber is a dynamic educator currently teaching at Hebrew Academy. Before commencing her teaching career, Lauren was a community programming developer. Bringing her knowledge of needs-based education models to the elementary classroom is the current focus of her Master’s thesis at McGill University. She is exploring how technology can better help meet the needs of students and teachers alike. Lauren has integrated technology into elementary classrooms of all ages and is currently teaching grades 5 and 6.


Sheri Gray currently teaches Cycle 3 at Hebrew Academy. She has taught Kindergarten to Secondary 1, in both the public and private sector, and has over 15 years of experience. Cognizant of the changing characteristics of the modern day classroom, she is always looking for creative ways to engage her students and loves bringing innovative teaching methods to her classroom. When Sheri isn’t teaching, she loves snorkeling, walking her crazy dog, and spending time with her family.


Jeff Bicher’s passion for Israel education and advocacy started at Camp Massad, and later served him as Director of National Leadership Development at Jewish Federations Canada-UIA and Executive Director of Hillel Montreal. In 2015, he returned to direct Camp Massad and currently leads JAB Strategies, working with communal professionals to expand their horizons. He facilitates the Azrieli Herzliah Israel Advocacy course, serves as scholar-in-residence for the Herzliah shabbatonim, and guest lectures on Israel advocacy at Bialik High School. Jeff was a Fellow of Professional Leadership at the Institute for Informal Jewish Education at Brandeis University, an iEngage Campus Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and a graduate of the inaugural senior educators cohort of M²: the Institute for Experiential Jewish Education. He also serves in many volunteer capacities, currently as Board Chair of Hebrew Foundation School and governor at Concordia University. Jeff’s dedication to community is only rivalled by his love for the people that matter most, his family.
Ariel Obadia has been in the field of education and special education for more than 15 years. She holds a Bachelor’s in Arts from McGill University and a Bacherlor’s in Education from Concordia University. Drawing on her interests in writing, theatre and the creative arts, she has applied a wide variety of strategies in her work with students having special needs, language delays, academic, behavioural and social challenges. She has taught at Beth Tzirel, Yaldei Developmental Center and is currently teaching kindergarten and art. She is also developing and facilitating workshops at Belz School aimed at developing social skills and executive functioning skills.


October 22, 2018
12:45 pm - 3:00 pm
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High School – Secondaire
Elementary – Primaire