Reynolds, Annie / The training of teachers for the country schools of Wisconsin
The academic and vocational studies, pp. 15-51 PDF (9.5 MB)
TRAINING OF TEACHERS FOR THE COUNTRY SCHOJOLS 19 view and method work in each of reading, language, geography and arithmetic. Such a combination is generally called a professional review. Besides studying professionally these four leading com- mon school subjects it will be necessary for training students to spend a few weeks studying how such branches as physiology and hygiene, United States history, agriculture, and domestic science should be presented in the country school, using the Manual as a guide. 4. Method Work-General Suggestions a. The first essentiaL It should be remembered that it will profit little to give the students good method work unless they at the same time are taught by teachers who exemplify correct pedagogical principles in all of their own teaching, whether the branches are academic or professional ones. It is a good plan for training teachers to call frequently on individual students to finish teaching the topic which is under consideration by the class. The efforts to make training school recitations socialized or cooperative recitations are to be highly commended. b. The use of the Manual. The latest edition of the Manual of the Elementary Course of Study for the Common Schools of Wis- consiA should be the text used by the students during their method work in reading, language, arithmetic, geography, history, music, drawing, agriculture, domestic science and manual training. It should also be a frequently consulted reference book in the hands of the teachers who handle the academic work in these branches. c. How well the Manual should be known. No one should be graduated from an - institution training teachers for the country schools of.Wisconsin who does not feel (1) either so well acquainted with the Manual that she knows what the Manual says regarding important topics, or (2) at least so well acquainted with the Man- ual that she can easily and quickly consult it for any information she may need. d. The Manual references. Because of the extensive bibliography given in the Manual at the end of every subject, bibliographies for special subjects are not given in this pamphlet. The Manual bibli- ographies should be consulted and the books there recommended. if not already in the training school library, should be purchased. e. Outlining the ManuaL The importance of thoroughly organ- izing. any subject matter they are to teach may be impressed upon students if training teachers themselves outline the Manual (See language outline, page 80 to 85 of Manual) as well as other studies which they teach, and also require students to prepare outlines.* The attention of students should be called to the fact that be- cause the training teacher outlines the subject matter she teaches, The analytical table of contents In this pamphlet may be sugetive. I - '
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