Remembrance

Fritz Bell (1932-2015)

 

 

This page is to honor the memory of Fritz Bell.  Fritz was the founder of Creative Classrooms and the owner of Creative Classrooms’ home base, Walnut Hill more than 45 years ago.  He began with a vision and a guiding principal: “I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember.  I DO and I understand.”

Fritz’s teaching philosophy was that we are all teachers and we are all students.  Learning can only take place when the mind is open and the senses engaged.  Much of his teaching was based on his belief in Carl Jung’s theory of personality type that was refined and made accessible and practical by Isabel Briggs Myers, and her mother, Katharine Briggs who developed the Myers Briggs Type Indicatory (MBTI) personality indicator.  Everyone who was acquainted with Fritz was, sooner or later, typed.

His work using the MBTI began in 1968 and grew as his reach and influence grew.  He developed countless workshops and graduate courses based on using the MBTI to teach effectively to all students.  His work included developing the Bell Model – a tool to help teachers identify student types and develop strategies to reach each and every student.

Using Thomas Armstrong’s interpretation of Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, Fritz developed training and education for teachers showing them how to assess their students’ intelligence styles and tailor classroom curriculum to reach each student in ways that were meaningful, understandable and relevant to the student.

Most recently, Fritz became involved with Eric Jenson and his work on Brain-Based Teaching.  He and Eric shared many teaching philosophies – most important was that individuals learn in individualized ways – there is no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to effective teaching.

Fritz” training wasn’t restricted to teachers, Fritz also developed training and workshops for business.  Among the most popular of his programs were those that focused on effective communication and teambuilding.

He was also a major advocate of learning through doing.  Believing strongly in the idea that people learned and understood best by doing, all of his programs had a ‘hand-on” approach.  His two books, “Let’s Create” and “Total Body Learning: Movement & Academics” are a testament to his belief that learning is a life-long, participatory process that requires both teacher and student to become engaged mentally and kinetically.

Fritz was a remarkable man and his influence has spanned over half a century and continues even in his absence.

Many of those who learned from Fritz can still hear his favorite “Fritzism”- When I say go and not before… And many others communicate using his favorite language – Type.  This wonderful ENFP has certainly left his mark in this world and will continue to impact the lives of those who knew and love him.

I invite you to leave a message, a memory or a story honoring the memory of this beautiful soul.

More About Fritz To Come

1 comment

  • Claire Houston

    Years go, while attending a “Type” networking meeting at Walnut Hill, I remember being pleased that, when he learned I was an INFJ, he was surprised. I think he had met quite a few quiet, moody INFJs, and upon meeting my eager, enthusiastic version of it, he lifted his eye brows, and said, “No kidding!” I liked being the emissary of another individual flavor of INFJ! He was indeed a bright, smart, generous, lovable light, and the world is a bit dimmed with his particular flavor of ENFP gone. Many thanks, and much love, Fritz.

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