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Teaching the Common Branches


Teaching the Common Branches

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    Werrett Wallace Charters
Excerpt from book: leaving no doubt in the minds of the pupils as to what is to be done. Class mechanics should be as simple as possible. They should seek to give the most practice in the shortest time. If there is ten minutes for a writing drill, as little time as possible should be spent in getting ready and in putting away material: and, while the drill is on, every minute should be utilized. Alternation. The four upper grades may have a common writing period. It may or may not be in " hospital" form. But in any case the errors in writing are so common that the exercises given to the eighth grade are just the same as those given to the fifth. As a matter of fact, the fifth-grade pupils write, on the average, a better hand than eighth-grade pupils. So all the upper grades may have the same writing periods and exercises. In the lower grades the work should be all incidental to the composition classes and to the other classes that use written work, and occasion should be taken in every class to teach correct form of both letters and movement. But in both upper and lower grades the writing battle is won or lost outside the special writing class, not inside. REFERENCES FOR CLASS READING Black. Primary Methods, vol. n, pp. 166-83. (Penmanship in the lower grades.) Boyer. Modern Methods for Teachers, pp. 121-27. (Position in writing.) Rocheleau. Intermediate and Grammar Methods, vol. n, pp. 208-31. (Drill exercises.) Thompson. Psychology and Pedagogy of Writing, pp. 81-120. (General.) CLASS QUESTIONS 1. Take up two of the common systems of writing and compare in the following particulars: (a) slant, (6) forms of letters, (e) beauty, (d) position of pen, (e) position of body, and (/) kind of arm movement. 2. If you were to change the system of penmanship in a school, w...  
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