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Where We Live

Subtitle: A Home Geography Author: Emilie Van Beil Jacobs Excerpt: FOREWORD Once upon a time as four blind men sat by the roadside they heard the tramp of an elephant’s feet, and said one to another, “Here comes an elephant; now we shall know what he is like.” The first blind man put out his […]

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What the Schools Teach and Might Teach

Author: John Franklin Bobbitt Excerpt: THE POINT OF VIEW There is an endless, and perhaps worldwide, controversy as to what constitutes the “essentials” of education; and as to the steps to be taken in the teaching of these essentials. The safe plan for constructive workers appears to be to avoid personal educational philosophies and to […]

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The Philosophy of Teaching

Subtitle: The Teacher, The Pupil, The School Author: Nathaniel Sands Excerpt: TEACHER AND PUPIL Of the various callings to which the division of labor has caused man specially to devote himself, there is none to be compared for nobility or usefulness with that of the true teacher. Yet neither teachers nor people at present realize […]

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The Child and the Curriculum

Author: John Dewey Excerpt: Profound differences in theory are never gratuitous or invented. They grow out of conflicting elements in a genuine problem–a problem which is genuine just because the elements, taken as they stand, are conflicting. Any significant problem involves conditions that for the moment contradict each other. Solution comes only by getting away […]

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How to Teach Phonics

Author: Linda M. Williams Excerpt: LEARNING TO READ Every sound and pedagogical method of teaching reading must include two basic principles. 1. Reading must begin in the life of the child, with real thought content. Whether the thought unit be a word, a sentence, or a story, it must represent some idea or image that […]

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The Girl and The Kingdom

Subtitle: Learning to Teach Author: Kate Douglas Wiggin Excerpt: From LEARNING TO TEACH Many days were spent in learning the unpronounceable names of my flock and in keeping them from murdering one another until Froebel’s justly celebrated “law of love” could be made a working proposition. It was some time before the babies could go […]

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Spontaneous Activity in Education

Subtitle: Montessori method of education Author: Maria Montessori Excerpt: I A SURVEY OF THE CHILD’S LIFE =The general laws which govern the child’s psychical health have their parallel in those of its physical health=.–Many persons who have asked me to continue my methods of education for very young children on lines that would make them […]

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Craftsmanship in Teaching

Author: William Chandler Bagley Excerpt: I “In the laboratory of life, each newcomer repeats the old experiments, and laughs and weeps for himself. We will be explorers, though all the highways have their guideposts and every bypath is mapped. Helen of Troy will not deter us, nor the wounds of Cæsar frighten, nor the voice […]

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College Teaching

Subtitle: Studies in Methods of Teaching in the College Author: Paul Klapper Excerpt: =Pedagogical vs. logical organization= There is much to be said for the position taken by the “older teachers,” who may not possess the scholarship of the “younger investigators” but who argue for a general course in which laboratory work shall be reduced, […]

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The Infant System

Subtitle: For Developing the Intellectual and Moral Powers of all Children, from One to Seven years of Age Author: Samuel Wilderspin Excerpt: From CHAPTER I RETROSPECT OF MY CAREER How came you to think of the Infant School system of teaching?–is a question that I have often been asked; and my friends think it advisable […]

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