by Jack Brookman

When I first joined the TAP program, I was skeptical of what was ahead of me. Little did I know that TAP would teach and prepare me with skills to be an active member of my classroom at religious school on Sundays. In my work in the 2nd grade classroom, I am a teacher’s aide and assist in all aspects of the classroom. When students need a little extra help, some time to step out of the class and get some fresh air and take a break from the lesson, I am there to assist them. My role allows for one on one interaction with the student. This way, the teacher can remain in the classroom. I have come to understand that not all students think or work alike, and it is important to utilize different types of techniques to hold students interest and keep them on track to successfully achieve their individual goals.

My younger sister has a learning difference and this experience has taught me the importance of allowing students the tools to succeed. The strict classroom setting is simply not for every student. I am proud to be a TAP teen because I have made a positive difference in the classroom at KI. I am understanding of the individualized approach to learning that is a necessity for many students. My experience has taught me to be more patient, kind and understanding in dealing with others.

The 2019-2020 Tap cohort.

Jack Brookman is a teen assistant from Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel.