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Reynolds, Annie / The training of teachers for the country schools of Wisconsin
(1917)

The academic and vocational studies,   pp. 15-51 PDF (9.5 MB)


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  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.
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