The Normal Teacher Volume 3

The Normal Teacher Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...By all means get things in good shape beforehand for your fall and winter work. You can not afford to neglect this preparation. Too much depends upon it. We are reminded by the above of a little personal experience In which the spirit of a whole school was transformed. We opened school, "a stranger in a strange land." The room was bare, the seats old, whittled and scarred; blackboard picked and marked as if it had been bombarded with grape shot; stove a regular bulletin done in chalk, and other things to correspond. When a new shovel was purchased it was said that it was'nt worth while to carry it there for nothing ever lasted more than a week. Pointers and pokers were snapped with equal readiness and promptness; buckets and tin cups alike passed away, maps, or any thing in short, that might be taken there, not excepting books, were dispatched in short order by these youthful barbarians, so it was said. Here indeed was a field of labor, an opening for one's ingenuity, and we set to work; we called the boys young men and the girls young ladie6, addressing and treating them as such, and thus appealed to, their self-respect began to manifest itself in various ways. The heads were smoother as to the hair, and some of the larger ones went 60 far as to assume clean paper collars on the strength of this one appeal. By a few quiet thrusts, hints or suggestions, spitting on the floor was, greatly mitigated. We had no special rules or lectures on manners, but kindly and naturally as occasions came up, led them into a finer perception of the relations of things, and what was fitting and becoming, and tried that our own spirit and example might be a quiet influence for better things. But to the point: We took up a collection in the school, ...
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  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236860411
  • 9781236860415