Active Learning Forum

Martin Bickman
Help change education! Make it more engaging and effective through student-centered, participatory approaches and methods. Share with other teachers and parents ideas and materials.
Created 02 Jun 2021
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  • Widening the Circle of Readers
    04 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    There was some favorable response to the last time I posted one of my assignments and then followed up with the responses of my students, so I want to try again with the hope that more of you will bot...
  • John Dewey
    27 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Context As mentioned below, I see the two most crucial documents in the history and philosophy of Active Learning as Ralph Waldo Emerson’s American Scholar Address (1837) and John Dewey’s “The Child a...
  • Teaching Emerson
    19 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 1 0
    Context Context The Modern Language Associate has a series Approaches to Teaching World Literature that collects short piece by participants giving practical advice. I edited one of the early volumes ...
  • Bronson Alcott as Radical Teacher
    12 Sep 2021 • 26 min read • 1 0
    Context Bronson Alcott was arguably the first American educator to create radical schools that embrace the principles of active learning—students creating and articulating knowledge for themselves, us...
  • The Languages of Education
    05 Sep 2021 • 19 min read • 1 0
    Context This week I received a fan letter about my book Minding American Education: Reclaiming the Tradition of Active Learning. I rarely get such messages because the book has had such a small circul...
  • Reading the Spouter Inn Picture
    01 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Context When I explain to beginning teachers why I stopped lecturing, I say that I found that virtually everything I would have said myself about a work I could find in the journals and discussions th...
  • Fun at the Spouter Inn
    30 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 1 1
    Context. This week I started teaching my own classes, and the situation made me want to make this blog more interactive and participatory, more practical and immediate. So this week’s entry will be th...
  • Three things I want to tell you about. . .
    27 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 1
    Sorry for the blank post—as you can tell, I’m new at this. First, on the front page of the New York times today there’s a splendid photo essay “A Visual Tour of New York’s Legendary Literary Hangout,”...
  • Radicalism in Early Modernism Part 3
    21 Aug 2021 • 10 min read • 1 2
    Context Last week’s column on the relations between Frost’s pedagogy and poetry was generously received by some readers, so I hope this entry will help us further explore the American tradition of act...
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