Being that Thursday was a legal holiday when many parents were not at work, Rabbi Yehoshua Lustig, Principal of Grades 5-6 in Oholei Torah, thought it an excellent opportunity to host an ‘Open Classroom Day,’ where fathers were invited to actually become talmidim alongside their sons.
The fathers participated in the class, answered questions and worksheets, learned b’chavarusa with their son and even stayed for recess. Well over 70% of the fathers of sixth grade joined for the gemorah shiur, and walked away with a greater understanding of how the classroom works, but more importantly a greater appreciation for the Rebbeim and their teaching methods.
Many fathers were simply amazed at how the classes are interactive and engaging, and how much has changed since they were talmidim back in the day.
One father was hesitant to join at the beginning, but after the morning class, he quickly realized how much he gained, and how proud his son was that he joined.
Special thanks to Rabbi Zev Weinstein, Rabbi Dovber Blau, Rabbi Yitzchok Klein and Rabbi Naftoli Minkowitz, who hosted the fathers of their students in their sixth grade classrooms.