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Upper School Corner - Mrs. Raychel Lydon

Thursday, 19 November, 2015 - 1:53 pm

UCLA Presentation Reflection

Over the past two years, the Hebrew Academy Middle School has been building a program focused on Project-Based Learning in order to prepare our scholars for the competitive, team-based world of college and career that they will face as young people in the twenty-first century. As a part of this dynamic learning experience, last year the 6th grade Arts and Humanities House created an Egyptian Museum as the second of their three PBL projects.

Earlier this month, this project was honored as part of The California History and Social Studies Project’s 25th annual conference, Teaching the Past for Tomorrow at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a presentation led by Mrs. Raychel Lydon and Ms. Rachel Schneider entitled Pyramids, Pyramids, Everywhere: Improving Student Engagement Through Project Based Learning. At the session, teachers from all over California were introduced to the methods used by the Hebrew Academy Middle School team to develop the interdisciplinary project which included lessons from History, English, Math, Art, and Irvit as well as examples of lesson plans, rubrics, and student work from the project. Feedback from the audience was overwhelmingly positive, and several teachers left with plans to create their own museums at their individual school sites.

Both Mrs. Lydon and Ms. Schneider were pleased with the outcome of the project and the presentation. When asked, Mrs. Lydon said, “It was a wonderful experience to share our work with other professionals and to show others the amazing projects we are doing here at the Hebrew Academy. We were the only presentation at the event focused on project-based learning, and I was overjoyed by the reaction of the teachers with whom we were able to share.”

Hopefully, this will be only the first of many such presentations for the Hebrew Academy Middle School.

Please visit to see an article from last year’s exhibit.

Mrs. Raychel Lydon

Upper School Humanities Chair

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