There is no such thing as a “typical” day at Torahverse but you will always find student-led learning, fun, and innovation at the Schoolhouse. And our community of Heroes may find a more optimal daily schedule in the future.
Torahverse has 4 main pillars that design the learning format for students to optimally engage, create, and collaborate while preparing for real-world challenges rather than standardized tests and homework assignments.
Critical thinking skills and sharing stories through the lens of Torah forges character and destiny
Powerful Interaction Technology
Core Skills like Torah, Math, Reading, and Writing are self-paced with peer support to find the best approaches to achieve personal goals and quantifiable excellence
Learner Driven Community
Serious commitments forged through authentic accountability and genuine relationships enables students to take control of their learning and actively shape development of the schoolhouse.
Real World Quests +
Hands on Learning that prepare them for the real world all with the guidance of Torah principles.
We no longer use terminology such as test, homework, grades, dismissal, curriculum and even teacher in certain circumstances as many of these methods, we believe are holding children back from their potential. Some of our methods are replaced with the following vocabulary that can inform you of the daily content that students interact with:
School is entering into an
adventure, where each student, aka hero, follows a special calling along-side fellow heroes, learns a lesson through a series of challenges, and comes out victorious with that new-ound knowledge, to then return home transformed. This calling is a burning desire for a meaningful outcome that includes discovering ones greatest gifts, maintaining integrity and purpose, and being in a state joy.
Students track meaningful work as they complete grade levels in a subject, reach a standard of excellence in a valued area of work in the Schoolhouse, or take leadership in an area of character such as conflict resolution. Parents can track their children progress and see exactly what they are working towards.
Quest closing where Peers evaluate one another according to well-defined rubrics alongside Learning Specialists. This often followed by an exhibition, a public display of the student’s creations
Our version of project-based learning that combines relevant Torah with subjects and textual learning that are engaged through application subjects, apt for innovation. Each year anticipate 8 Quest completions with the help of world-class experts in each resepctive field. Examples include:
Ideate and create in an Avot Business Fair
Engineer the 3rd Beit Hamikdash
Build and test the survival of Noah’s ark
Film a documentary on loving different Jews
Code a Tzaddik video Game
Experts or “world class heroes” are individuals who excel at an area of particular student interest who also model Torah values for students to emulate. These specialists will be brought to guide students in specific electives, focus areas of learning in Torah Quests, and evaluate final project completions ready for presenting.
Daily tracking software supplied by Acton Academy where students earn daily points, badge credentials, peer feedback, goal-setting and more. Points count towards a currency system to save up money for school trips or other personal wishlist items that is another extrinsic reward to instill a culture of rigorous learning that is valuable.
How students organize their own accomplishments that replaces transcripts Electronic and hard copies capturing rough drafts, photos, video and other creative work of pride for each student and confirmed by peers.
Students draft and sign personal and communal agreements instead of following a set of rules handed to them. They formulate these serious commitments and create consequences for violation of communal norms. Students discover firsthand the signifigance of integrity and the power to influence.
Aka Guides, the adults' role at Torahverse is to adjust the sails rather than steer the ship. To create the environment for students to direct their own learning, rather than acting as an authority figure, lecturer, and evaluator. At Torahverse the Educreator:
Crafts a culture of team collaboration
Facilitates learning with thought-provoking dilemmas and real world projects
Inspires innovation through creative game-making and resource
Challenges students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
Answers student questions with socratic method
Generates emotional investment through democratic leadership and compassion, trust, and assurance.
Models the Heroe’s Journey in their own life
The classroom, and the school is one large space that the students take joint ownership of it’s design, materials, and maintenance. A one-room schoolhouse, espoused by the Rambam and Maria Montessori amongst others, is collaborative and dynamic learning space including a central learning area, offshoot rooms for student meetings, the kitchen for meals and snack, and backyard area for PE, gardening, and animals, combines the productivity of a workspace and the warmth of a home.
Meaningful daily structured discussions to set the tone for each day’s learning where students formulate opinions, gather and articulate their stance, and listen and be receptive towards peers. This is called the socratic method, as the Talmud calls it, Shakla Vi’tarya (give and take discussion)
Advanced version of traditional
curriculum, we combine all 4 pillars to
create a structured, yet adaptable set of lead questions, outcomes, materials, resources, instructions and processes for students to interact with. Since students set goals, evaluate themselves and peers, and verify the effectiveness along a variety of metrics they steer the direction and become part of the design for how learning takes place. Learning designs are both Torahverse original and Acton Academy creations, adapted with Torah text and principles.
A proven method to initiate a learning process that values how to think over what to think. This means a learner's question leads to a further question by the guide, usually with 2 or more compelling options, for the learner to find an answer on his or her own.
At Torahverse, we put our students first. Our calendar is built around what will best suit students' overall development and the family unit. Our school year is in 5-6 week sessions with one week breaks in between. This yearly plan correlates with session-long Torah Quests and student exhibitions and gives students essential break time from the rigor of schedule and considerable family time. All Jewish holidays, Shabbat, and major national holidays are observed in alignment with weeks off and additional off days.
There are 170 Hero learning days and 10 Fun-filled trip days.
who, when, where?
When: Torahverse is a 10+ Month school, with 7, 6-week sessions, set to start at the end of August and continue through the end of June. Enrollment is now open.
Where: A rented house transformed to a schoolhouse within Pico-Robertson.
Who: Ages 8-12 (typically entering grades 3-7), male and female, and all Jewish families desiring a whole person approach to education based on the child’s interests and strengths. We have 12 spots available for the start of the school year.
Learn more to see if Torahverse is right for you.