Teacher’s Corner: How a Classroom Behavior System can Promote Collaboration and Acceptance of Self and Others

By Kindergarten Teacher Lauren Kurstin, LMFT, M.S. Ed. Envision a place where each person feels motivated to meet his or her own individualized goals…a place where people know and embrace individual differences and work together to accomplish their group-created community goals.  Now imagine that place is…a kindergarten classroom at the Gordon School.  My students...

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Faith’s Story

I am one of the “oldies” at Beth David Congregation.  My parents moved to the Roads section of Miami, when I was ten years old, to be within walking distance of a shul.  Little did we know then how important a part this synagogue would play in our lives.  It...

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Gabriela’s Story

I was born and raised in Mexico City, where the Jewish community is tightly knit. Growing up surrounded by friends and family gave me a strong sense of self, and deep connection to my Jewish heritage. I came to the US as a college student, never imagining I would be...

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Daniel’s Story

A few days ago I saw my son Moshe, 6 years old, defending a smaller kid being screamed by one of Moshe’s good friends. He stood between them and pushed his own friend away from the scared little kid. He decided and understood that what was going on was wrong....

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Lisa’s Story

My family came to the Gordon School in 2010 when our daughter joined the Playgroup as a baby.  She had just learned to walk and barely had any hair.  Two of her classmates from that time remain among her best friends today.  At the time, we chose the Gordon School...

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