London Normal School - Spectrum Yearbook (London, Ontario Canada)

 - Class of 1940

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PRACTICE TEACHING THE lecture room gives us theory, the class room gives us practice! This year, more than ever before, practice teaching comes to the fore be- cause we, of the London Normal School 1939-40, have been privileged to have more of it than our predecessors. We have been given the oppor- tunity of continuous periods of teaching four times during the year. Two of these weeks have been spent in rural communities and the other two in urban schools. Starting projects or pursuing them, introduction to the intricacies of the register, computation of the Penny Bank and problems of seatwork have all been a part of our experience. Disciplinary problems, mentally deficient children and chil- dren of superior intellect have all been under our jurisdiction and we have had to cope with them as well. Blunders have probably been numerous but there is a happier side to this situation. We have had the opportunity to contact these prob- lems in time to receive advice and constructive assistance from our capable staff and critic teach- ers. Their help, suggestions, and encouragement have been invaluable, and when September rolls around we will be even more grateful for their efforts in making our adjustment as painless as possible. Then, we must not ignore the very real pleas- ure we found in associating with the teachers in these schools. One and all will agree that the adventures of these weeks will rank high on our shelf of Normal School memories. Now, our thoughts turn back to those memor- able Friday afternoons, when, with fear and trembling, we went to see what dread assignment lay in store for us. Once more we see ourselves sallying forth at the end of the observation lesson filled with a burning desire to " teach like that " ! As you read this, baby birds will be stretching their wings outside your window, with the mother bird chirping about, encouraging, advising, and criticizing their efforts. When she is convinced that her little ones can manage alone, she flies away leaving them to their own resources. This is the principle behind our practice teaching, and it is our earnest wish that we may not fail in the trust that has been placed in our hands and that the star to which we hitch our wagon will always be " honour lessons. " We trust that the members of the Normal School Staff and the Staff of Critic Teachers will accept our gratitude for the advice and guidance they have so kindly bestowed upon us during the past year and as we fly away from the nest, we shall feel all the more confident for having spent this ye^r under their wings. HELEN CRUICKSHANK. [7]

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