SSJS Newsletter for November 5
The fourth grade students continue to amaze in their capacity to question, analyze, and synthesize.
We had three assistants today so when the class was divided into groups, there were many teens available to help with ideas. In groups of 2, 3, or 4, the students were asked to determine what characteristics would the students not want in a leader. We are studying leadership qualities to support our thinking of what makes a prophet and does a person have to be royal or the best at everything or the best at anything to be a leader. The underlying message is that everyone has the potential to be a leader and we see that in evidence with who became prophets. Our prophets were men and women with faults and insecurities who had great roles in our history anyway.
Characteristics Not Wanted
Is mean to others
Is a cowardly
Who Loses his/her temper
After sharing the group work on what leaders should not be, the students worked together to determine the characteristics they think are most important for leaders. The list included being fair, honest, courageous, a positive thinker, kind, experienced, and respectful. We read about the Prophet Joshua being a leader and talked about the message that all of us can be and should be leaders, willing to stand up for others and for ourselves. We have some growing leaders, don’t you think!!
We also practiced the V'ahavta and examined the prayer for the number of times the word God appears. Interestingly, the prayer is mostly about commandments that God provided not about praising God even though it begins with the words, “And you shall love your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.”
In Hebrew, the students are moving along, reading more letters and putting more words together as sounds and as Hebrew words they can understand.
Enjoy the long weekend next weekend.