Interactive learning didn’t begin with the computer

Thousands of years ago, Socrates was a master at interactive learning. He taught people new concepts, showing them ideas they’d never considered before and helping them reach conclusions they never would have on their own. His secret? (That was a hint.) It was asking questions. See, Socrates knew that if he could ask the right questions, people would both arrive at the answer on their own brain power, and would also have the joy of discovery in the process. Today we call the process of asking someone questions in order to lead them to a conclusion the “Socratic Method.” We could just as well call it interactive learning—learning which requires participation from the student.

It’s worth noting that Socrates remains one of the best models of an interactive teacher, yet he never needed educational software or manipulatives or color pictures. He didn’t need a textbook, for that matter. It just goes to show that with nothing but a well-informed, motivated teacher, anything’s possible—including good test scores.

But fast forward to today. You’re not Socrates and you only have 10 minutes to do a lesson prep on a topic you may not know very well. How can you possibly ask questions and get students happily thinking about a topic you’re not an expert on? That’s where BJU Press textbooks come in.

Our textbooks are filled with questions designed to generate discussions and genuine inquisitiveness on the part of your students. And our Teacher’s Editions are designed to answer those questions and encourage that inquisitiveness through providing background information and relevant illustrations. BJU Press Teacher Editions also have ample resources for explaining each topic in multiple ways, getting a broader array of students involved in the lesson and understanding the subject. In short, we’ve designed BJU Press books to help you involve students in your class—to get them interacting with the subject material in meaningful ways. Because if interactive learning never goes on, they’ll never learn the subject, and they’ll never love to learn.

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