How We Teach

We Personalize Learning
At Ner Tamid, we recognize that each child learns at their own unique approach, pace, and style.  Our teachers will work with each child to set goals and objectives according to their varying abilities and learning styles and guide each student to reach his or her potential.  Evaluation and record-keeping will be ongoing throughout the learning process. Each child will be evaluated individually in terms of his or her own growth and development as well as according to developmentally appropriate goals and objectives.  To allow children to reach their full potential, we give them the opportunity to interact in large and small groups not only within their grade but also in mixed-age groups.

We Instill an Appreciation of Jewish Heritage
We are guided by the Torah and the teachings of Judaism in both our learning and behavior. In our dealings with children, parents, and each other, we use our Jewish heritage as our model.  We show the children that being Jewish is exciting and meaningful through observing rituals, doing mitzvot, studying Torah, having proficiency in Hebrew, and loving Israel.  Jewish holidays will come alive with special events throughout the year, from school-wide Shabbat dinners to model seders. Being Jewish couldn’t be more fun or rewarding.

We Offer an Integrated Curriculum
Ner Tamid will use a uniquely integrated approach to general studies and Jewish learning.  Rather than divide the school day into separate segments for these areas of study, we incorporate Jewish education into secular education.  Our teachers are well versed in both general studies and Jewish learning.  Therefore, they can incorporate Jewish precepts, rituals, language, literature, and history into the normal school day.  In certain subjects, curriculum is specifically designed to provide education in Jewish topics while working on the skills necessary for all areas of study.  Hebrew language will be taught by specially trained teachers.  The children will learn modern as well as Biblical Hebrew.  Hebrew teachers will also incorporate general skills into their lessons.

What makes Ner Tamid unique?

21st Century Learning
While Ner Tamid will excel in teaching children to embrace the many wonderful traditions of Judaism, where we also shine is in our unique ability to prepare children for the digital age of tomorrow. Twenty-first Century Learning is a vision of teaching and learning that transcends physical boundaries and connects people across geographic borders and time zones. Ner Tamid will use technology resources to connect skills to ‘‘what students should know and be able to do to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world’’ (NETS – National Educational Technology Standards). Computer technologies will be utilized as a tool for students to use in creating, communicating, collaboration, and researching and developing problem-solving skills. Students will acquire fluency with technology concepts, applications, terminologies, and troubleshooting through working on projects and assignments that enhances and extend classroom learning. We intend to extend our vision beyond the classroom walls by opening our virtual window to students across the country who do not have access to Jewish education.

Character Education
Our Responsive Classroom initiative stresses the importance of being kind, respectful and considerate of others in the classroom.  However, a world-class education doesn’t happen just by sitting in a classroom. Outside of our school community, students will often take part in activities that benefit our larger community.

School – Community Partnership Program
New models of school-community partnerships can provide small schools with limited resources access to world-class educational tools and enrichment.  We are currently partnering with the University of Michigan who has offered Google tablets for our students in exchange for studying real-time intra and inter virtual collaboration with students. We intend to collaborate with the Museum of Science in Boston which offers a lending library of teaching equipment. We will pursue similar opportunities with the business sector, Massachusetts’ life sciences and innovation economy leaders, and cultural and recreational institutions in the greater Boston area. Leading academic experts in school-community partnerships are guiding our work.

Family Involvement
Opportunities for family involvement allow the parents and children to grow together in their enthusiasm for learning and for life. The students and the school both benefit from the parents’ involvement in the classroom and class and school celebrations. The participation of the family in the school and in Jewish tradition and practices enables the student to realize the importance of these values at home and school and enhances the parent-school partnership. Ner Tamid welcomes parent involvement in our work to build and help our school thrive.

KSA/SASSDS Alumni Partnership
Ner Tamid was founded by faculty, friends, parents, and alumni of Kehillah Schechter Academy (formerly South Area Solomon Schechter Day School). The light of Ner Tamid continues to shine due to the alumni. For their sake, and the sake of our children, we want the light to continue. The KSA/SASSDS alumni are supporters and builders of Ner Tamid. They play an integral role in bringing the best qualities of KSA and SASSDS forward to our school.