The Prism Project dramatically shifts the learning model in Jewish educational programs. Each six to seven week Prism begins with a mifgash, or meeting, between the class and a guest from the community. The guest shares a conundrum for students to resolve, offering a prism through which to explore issues in Jewish values, belief, and action. Ownership is placed squarely in the hands of the students as they research answers to the guest’s question. Teachers move away from center stage to work as facilitators and mentors, helping students make sense of what they discover. At the end of each Prism, students present their findings to the guest, who can then put their ideas into action.
The curricular materials shared by the JECC this year represent five Prisms:
- Love Your Neighbor
- Jewish Responsibility
- Jewish Memory
All five Prisms can be downloaded when ordering this curriculum.
In the summer of 2018, a set of four other prisms will be published. [The program for which these were developed combines 7th and 8th grade, with learning on a two year cycle.]
The Resource Sheets within the curricular documents are formatted for easy duplication. However, to create visual interest in the workspace, poster-sized copies of some of the materials are recommended; these are noted by number (e.g., Resource Sheet 8) in the chart within each Prism’s introduction. Educators that would prefer to order these from the JECC may purchase them on the JECCMarketplace:
Love Your Neighbor - http://www.jeccmarketplace.com/the-prism-project-love-your-neighbor-poster-set/
Jewish Responsibility - http://www.jeccmarketplace.com/the-prism-project-jewish-responsibility-poster-set/