The Art of Teaching School

The Art of Teaching School

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...special classes are organized in the High Schools of towns and cities, for those who may desire to enter professions wherein oratory is especially useful. Teachers, therefore, are cautioned not to attempt too much in the way of declamation in mixed and graded schools. There is danger of encouraging and of cultivating a precocious development, and of exciting ambitions that will draw away the attention of pupils from their weightier studies in these exercises. They must be kept within proper limits; the instruction must be pointed and practical, and the criticisms must be mild and persuasive. The object of declamation in schools must not bejost sight of. It is to cultivate such confidence in the presence of audiences, that will enable men to speak with ease, force and clearness their sentiments, on subjects they may be called upon to discuss. COMPOSITION.-Reading lessons may be used to illustrate the principles of composition writing. A composition, like a sentence, must have a subject. This subject is to be described, defined or explained. Descriptive composition is most natural and easy for young pupils. Describe what is known: a building, a tree, a farm, a cave, a lake, a factory, a grove. Relate what is known: the incidents of a journey actually made by the writer, what occurred at a meeting, at the post-office, in the village, in the church, in the school, in harvest-time, in winter, in summer. Pupils should avoid abstractions, select subjects for compositions from objects of sense, from things and scenes observed, beginning with the most simple and advancing to the more complex. The teacher should guide and encourage, even the smallest efforts, by gentle and suggestive criticisms. CHAPTER VIII. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION.--Continued. ..".show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236671473
  • 9781236671479