Excellent article on “active learning” from Harvard Magazine. As I discussed in a previous post, it is hard to justify the traditional lecture-style of education that has been dominant for so long. This article discusses the advantages to having students participate in the learning and teaching of the material. This is similar to the traditional “chavrusa” style that is common in Jewish Yeshivot.
“The person who learns the most in any classroom,” Mazur declares, “is the teacher.”
Compare the above quote from the article with this one from a Talmudic sage:
הרבה למדתי מרבותי ומחבירי יותר מרבותי ומתלמידי יותר מכולן
I learned much from my teachers, but more from my friends, and more than both from my students
Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques
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