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Teachers & Training

WHO TEACHES THE LESSONS?

The lessons can be taught by a member of staff or an outside individual. All designated teachers receive Treasure Hunt training. The teacher/Rebbe must be passionate about spiritual and personal growth and development. They should be able to portray wholesomeness, empathy and nurturance.

HOW DOES TRAINING TAKE PLACE?

Usually training takes place face to face over two full mornings at specific times in the year. Owing to COVID, we are currently training over Zoom. We are exploring other options.

WOULD YOU TRAIN WHOLE SCHOOL STAFF OR JUST DESIGNATED TEACHERS?

We are happy to offer an abridged training session for the entire staff according to demand. Ultimately, the students benefit most if the entire culture of the school promotes the Treasure Hunt Core Values.

HOW MUCH PREPARATION DO THE TEACHERS HAVE TO DO?

We provide well-structured progressive lessons with all the teaching resources included.  Teachers need to read, understand and own the material, deciding exactly how they would like to give it over. Teachers can choose to use all the provided resources or include their own ideas within the course objectives.

Curriculum

How is Treasure Hunt different from other emotional intelligence programmes?

Many emotional intelligence programmes focus on specific topics such as anger management, social skills, feelings and conflict resolution. Treasure Hunt is a spiritual intelligence programme incorporating emotional intelligence, with a focus on spiritual growth and wellbeing. 

Our programme teaches an understanding of the human vessel itself. Starting from the neshoma as the core of the person, leading to the body, mind and heart. We teach fundamental building processes (e.g. building against resistance), the impact of environment on growth and the difference between human beings and technology.

How is this different from teaching middos tovos?

Middos tovos are character traits such as kindness, consideration, empathy etc. whereas self-knowledge is the understanding of one’s actual keli, comprised of the body, mind, heart and soul. 

Focusing on self-knowledge, children gain an understanding of how thoughts, emotions, behaviour and speech are interconnected and impact on one another. This understanding encourages the inclination towards and integration of middos tovos as it engages the inner world of thought and emotion.

Is this a preventative programme?

Treasure Hunt has been created to enable children to thrive with self-knowledge and wisdom. 

The programme both prevents problems and highlights existing issues, allowing them to be nipped in the bud in the early stages. Children who are not receiving the necessary nurturing and skills at home, can now benefit from input via school, through classes dedicated to self-knowledge.

Is this material not too advanced for primary school children?

We have observed how children aged 8-11 have flourished from learning these life lessons. The curriculum has been screened by an educational psychologist, teachers, headteachers and an Ofsted inspector for age appropriateness. Our formal assessments have also proven that the material has been well-absorbed by children of this age group.

What is the curriculum based on?

The curriculum combines Mrs Chrysler’s 20 years of experience helping children grow and develop through ‘Emphasis Art’ – a unique form of Art Therapy – with teachings from:

  • Nesivei Chinuch by the Nesivos Sholom,
  • Chovos HaTalmidim by the Piaseczno Rebbe,
  • Chovos Halevovos,
  • Mesilas Yeshorim,
  • Derech Hashem,
  • Sefer Cheshbon Nefesh,
  • Rav Avigdor Miller,
  • Rav Dessler,

as well as occasional practical ideas from secular self-help sources.

How does the syllabus satisfy government educational stipulations?

It is currently in a school’s interest to show proof of impact on the pupils’ personal growth and development in subjects such as PSHE. This subject is very topical in government circles at present.

Has Treasure Hunt been formally assessed?

Yes, in our pilot year we ran assessments in Yesoiday Hatorah with outstanding results. Children were tested on the knowledge absorbed and field studies were carried out to establish how the material had actually been applied and the improvement they felt in their lives.

Does this count as a kodesh or chol lesson?

The programme was initially created as a kodesh subject. However, since it incorporates spiritual, mental, emotional, social, physical and ethical intelligence, it can be taught in either curriculum.

Is the programme suitable for different sectors across the religious spectrum?

Our programme caters towards Litvish/Chareidi, Chassidish and Traditional Jewish schools. 

The lessons comprise fundamental truths applicable to every human being regardless of age and sector. The ruchniyus leanings of each lesson can be intensified or toned down depending on the school’s ethos and spiritual inclinations.

We have different versions for different sectors, with adaptations in the visuals (e.g. characters’ clothing), wording style and language (e.g. Yiddish). Audiovisuals can be presented as slides rather than moving visuals.

Resources

WHAT RESOURCES ARE INCLUDED?

All lessons and resources have been prepared for the teacher. This includes a handbook, lesson plans, worksheets, posters, audiovisuals, PowerPoints and Family Digests as well as stickers and classroom posters. Teachers also have access to a Resources Bank, which includes a Question & Answer Bank, a Creativity Bank, a Games Bank and monthly Newsletters. We are in the process of setting up a Mekoros Bank.

ARE THERE TESTS, EXAMS OR HOMEWORK?

No, each child grows at their own pace, without pressure.

We do have self-assessment questions in digital poster format for the end of each lesson.

Some lessons come with a ‘takeaway’, which is an opportunity to find real-life examples of that day’s teaching throughout the week.

Parental Involvement

SHOULD WE INVOLVE PARENTS?

We recommend holding an introductory evening to share with parents what is being offered. Schools can offer occasional parental workshops if there is demand or if the school wishes to encourage participation. We also provide a Family Digest to send home at the end of the week so that parents can discuss the lessons with their children.

Pricing

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAMME COST?

As a charitable organisation that aims to reach as many children as possible, we have made the strategic decision to offer our wealth of intellectual property free of charge.

Towards this end we request in return:

  • A slot in your time table once a week (26 weeks a year for 2 years)
  • Two mornings to train your suitable teachers for the role of delivery, at a reasonable cost.
  • Cost price for consumables for teacher and pupils
  • Nominal yearly licensing fee enabling a range of supporting elements

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