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

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table, spelling of common words, punctuation marks, etc., mustae
ziade second nature it pupils are to use them with ease and ac-
curacy in daily work.
        5. Review and Method Work-Special Suggestions
  a. English-Its high aims and the standards attainable. The
day is far distant, doubtless, when training teachers will fail to dis-
cover serious weaknesses In English on the part of their beginning
students. This should not discourage or surprise them. Before stu-
dents have spent much time in training schools, however, it is a good
plan for teachers with the help of students to enumerate briefly a
minimum list of attainments all students must have before they will
be allowed to graduate. The following may be suggestive:
  1. They should be able to read quickly and with intelligence ordinary
prose both silently and aloud. Training teachers should become familiar
with the scientific measurements of educational results In reading. Stu-
dents rate of reading and their efficiency In silent reading should be tented.
This testing should be followed by such suggestions as will make students
interested in the "unrealized possibilities of cultivating rapid and
silent reading."
  2. They should be certain as to the pronunciation of most words com-
monly met with in general reading.
  3. They should be able to Infer the meanings of most commonly used
words from the context
  4. They should be able to take part in conversation freely and not make
glaring mistakes.
  5. They should be able to write either from dictated or original mat-
ter, and, as a matter of course purctuate, capitalize, and spell correctly.
  Not enough has been done to bring students to the realization that
unless they succeed in eradicating yery noticeable faults in speaking,
in enunciation, in pronunciation and in spelling, they cannot be al-
lowed to finish the course. Some schools do not give final standings
in either oral or written English until the end of the course. Then
the standings given are based upon the English used by the students
in all other studies and in their conversation out of school as well as
upon their school standings in oral and written English. Students
in these schools are occasionally kept an extra quarter until they
reach a fair standard of proficiency in English. This should be the
general practice. If the number of students in the English classes Is
limited, as it should be, to twenty-five, the training teacher can cer-
tainly be held responsible for giving enough individual attention to
the students so that the weak ones may be discovered in time and
receive the help they need.
   (1) Reoding. (a) Selections to be read by students. Students
 should study In preparation for their future teaching, the selections
 to be read by children in the upper grades of the country schools of
 the county. In fact it is the part of wisdom to have them study a
 number of the selections read In the primary and middle form when
 this is possible. (See page -of this pamphlet.)

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