The Practical Teacher, or Familiar Explanations and Illustrations of the Modus Operandi of the School Room

The Practical Teacher, or Familiar Explanations and Illustrations of the Modus Operandi of the School Room

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...think to simplify such practical examples by putting them in an abstract form, and saying, How many are 5 and 3? But, the question is already in the simplest form that it can be. The only way that it can be made easier, is to put it in smaller numbers. If the child can count, this will hardly be necessary. N o explanation more simple than the question itself' can be given, and none is required. The reference to sensible objects, and to the action of giving, assists the mind of the child, in thinking of it, and suggests immediately, what operation he must perform; and he sets himself to calculate it. Most persons, when such a question is proposed, do not observe the process going on in the child's mind; but because he does not answer immediately, they think he does not understand it, and they begin to assist him, as they suppose, and say, How "Now, this latter question is much more diff'iult for the child than the original one. Besides, the child would not probably perceive any connexion between them. He can very easily understand, and the question itself suggests it to him better than any explanation, that the five cents and the three cents areho be counted together; but he does not easily perceive what the abstract numbers, five and three have to do with it. This is a process of generalization, which it takes children some time to learn." 11 The second stage (Number 2) is the arrangement of what hf! has learned into rules; which will be much more readily remembered than when committed to memory without understanding them. The operations on large numbers may now be demonstrated. By rules, we do not mean all the rules the text-book may contain, but a few general rules; avoiding, as much as possible, special more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 9781236966353